The Waste Management Phoenix Open will take place this week from Scottsdale, Arizona. This will be the 87th year that the Phoenix Open has been played, and this tournament is one of the biggest fan favorites of the PGA Tour. The Phoenix Open is unlike any other tournament that you will see on the PGA Tour.
The crowds are by far the largest you will see at any PGA sponsored golf tournament and not only are the crowds large, but they are rowdy! The most famous hole on the course is the Par 3 16th hole, which the crowds scream and chant for the golfers to potentially land a hole-in-one.
Normal PGA golf tournaments that are not invitational tournaments feature 156 players, but in this particular tournament, we will only see 132 golfers tee it up as there are normally some delays in the morning with tee times due to frost and dew on the ground.
Last year, we witnessed Gary Woodland win the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff over Chez Reavie. The prior two years, Hideki Matsuyama won both 2017 and 2016, both in a playoff with Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler. The past 3 years have all gone to a playoff.
The tournament is played at TPC Scottsdale. The course is played out as a Par 71 and measures right around 7,266 yards. The course is made up of a total of (4) Par 3’s, (11) Par 4’s and (3) Par 5’s.
Let’s take a look at the odds and a few golfers that we like from this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open!
Waste Management Phoenix Open Betting Odds
Byeong Hun An-40/1
Si Woo Kim-80/1
Harold Varner III-125/1
Hideki Matsuyama – How do you not like Hideki Matsuyama this week? When he isn’t injured, there is no one that plays this course better than he does. In the past 5 years, he has won this tournament two times, placed 2nd once, 4th once, and withdrew due to an injury last year. Not only does he bring you course reliability but he is also in great form, finishing last week in 3rd place at the Farmers Insurance Open. His odds are ridiculously low at 12/1 to 15/1, but if you are looking for that one golfer to load up on, he may be the most secure option!
Justin Thomas – It’s boom or bust for Thomas. He either plays really well here or misses the cut. This is one of the tournaments that JT hasn’t ever won and with it being a party course of sorts, it is only normal to expect him to play well here. He played well here last year but came up just short on the final day. I expect him to clean up what he messed up last year and compete strongly this year at 9/1.
The Value Guys
Cameron Smith – My first value guy is going to be Cameron Smith. Smith comes into this golf tournament in exceptional form, finishing in 9th place last week at the Farmers Insurance Open and a 22nd place finish 2 weeks prior at the Sony Open. Smith should have a very strong tournament this week and contend at 30/1.
Billy Horschel – My second value guy this week is Billy Horschel. Horschel doesn’t have the best record here at TPC Scottsdale, but what he does have is really good form. Horschel finished in 8th place last week at the Farmers Insurance Open and 25th place in the Sentry Tournament of Champions to open the season. His odds this week range from 40/1 all the way up to 50/1 at some online sportsbooks. Horschel has played here at the Phoenix Open 6 times, and in the 6 times he missed the cut once but finished inside the Top 11 one time. At these odds and with his recent form, he is a really strong option this week!
Sungjae Im – If you are looking for one of those longshots to throw a few bucks on, take a look at Im. He can be found anywhere from 80/1 to 100/1 and holds a lot of value. In his last 3 tournaments, he has placed 12th, 16th, and 52nd. He is normally competitive throughout the week, and I expect much of the same here for Im at TPC Scottsdale.
Lucas Glover – Glover has a lot of experience here and actually comes into this tournament in decent form. He finished in 12th place 2 weeks ago at the Desert Classic, 11th at the RSM Classic, 7th at the Shriners Hospital Open, 14th at the Sanderson Farms Championship and 17th at the Safeway open. Those are his last 5 tournaments and those are some very impressive numbers! His odds are literally all over the place. I’ve seen them as low as 50/1 and as high as 100/1! Definitely worthy of a look at these odds.