The PGA Tour heads to Phoenix this season for what is usually one of the highlights of the year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. As usual, we have you covered with a full preview as well as our best bets for the tournament below.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Betting Picks
It was a solid performance for TSP and followers last week at the Farmers Insurance Open. Our best bet Marc Leishman recorded a very comfortable top 30 at odds of +110 and we’ll be hunting more winners this week as we head to Phoenix.
Known for it’s rowdy crowds and the famous stadium 16th par 3, Phoenix might be a bit different this season due to the fact that only 5,000 fans will be allowed in each day.
Television: Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel/PGA TOUR Live). Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (NBC).
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9:15 a.m.-7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)
Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).
The field for the Phoenix Open is jam-packed full of talent this season. There are four top 10 ranked players in the world teeing it up in Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy all of whom have come close to winning at TPC Scottsdale but have never lifted the trophy.
Some past winners who will be looking to add another trophy to the case include the likes of Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama and Brooks Koepka.
TPC Scottsdale plays as a Par 71 at just over 7,260 yards. It has become famous for the Par 3 16th hole which annually packs thousands of people into the stadium style stands and provides an atmosphere more aligned with a football game than a golf tournament. Due to the reduced attendance numbers, 16 won’t be as rowdy this season, but should still provide some great moments.
Long hitters have a slight advantage at Scottsdale while strong players into the wind have proven to be successful over the years, as the wind levels in Phoenix can get quite high.
All eyes will be on the big four of Rahm, McIlroy, Thomas and Schauffele this week. None of them have won this tournament before and Thomas and Rahm in particular have made it well known that the Phoenix Open is at the top of their priority list. We are steering away from those two and looking towards Schauffele instead.
Xander Schauffle (+1100)
Love the look of Xander this week. The youngster is arguably the most consistent golfer in the world at the moment and you have to feel like that elusive win isn’t far away. This season, he has already racked up finishes of 5th at the U.S. Open, 2nd at the CJ Cup, T17 at both the ZOZO and the Masters, T5 at the Tournament of Champions and T2 at the Farmers Insurance on the weekend. He has finished in the top 20 in all three of his trips to Scottsdale.
Gary Woodland (+6000)
The former U.S. Open champion is one that I really like this weekend due to his strong ability to play balls into the wind and shape the ball in a multitude of different ways. He finished T48 at the Farmers Insurance on the weekend but he has a solid record at Scottsdale, making the cut in 9/11 trips there including three top 10s and the win in 2018.
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