The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a PGA Tour tournament that every golf fan loves to watch.
Fans from Arizona State and other surrounding schools take to the stands to make it the most unique tournament on the tour.
Leading the charge in golf betting markets is former Arizona State alumni Jon Rahm, who will have the crowd right behind him.
World’s Best Nearing Win
Jon Rahm came out of nowhere to finish T3 at the Farmers Insurance last week, which is a good sign for the Phoenix Open.
He’s the world’s best player and he’s showing why. The Spaniard has made a consistent start to 2022, including a second-place finish at the Tournament of Champions and a top-20 performance at The American Express.
It comes as no surprise to see Rahm lead betting fields at the sportsbook. He’s the only golfer quoted at single-figure odds (+750).
Rahm prefers tighter courses where the scores are lower, but the winning scores at Scottsdale have been around -15 to -19. Phil Mickelson went deep at -28 in 2013, but the course has since been made harder.
“I think a golf course (should) challenge us in every aspect of the game, and that’s where I believe you would find the best player, somebody whose whole game completely is playing good throughout,” Rahm told ESPN. “And if something is missed, you have to make up with really good stuff on the other parts of your game.”
Despite his frustrations of PGA Tour events becoming pitch-and-putts, we like Rahm to win. He loves entertaining the crowd and the +750 odds are better than expected.
Pick: Jon Rahm +750
Scheffler’s Time to Shine
Scottie Scheffler is one of the better tour players yet to win a tournament.
The 25-year-old has been close on multiple occasions, but he’s a Ryder Cup competitor who has class on his side.
He recorded a top-20 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open last week, which was a solid backup from his T25 finish at The American Express.
His best recent finish came at the Hero World Challenge when finishing one shot behind Viktor Hovland. It was a terrific performance from the young American, who will be desperate to get his maiden win.
Having a vocal crowd should help him relax and the betting online odds of +2600 are worth snapping up with both hands.
Pick: Scottie Scheffler +2500
Fowler Loves Phoenix
Rickie Fowler might be struggling with his swing, but that could all change at the Phoenix Open.
The 33-year-old has missed his last two cuts after showing glimpses of his early form. However, he won the Phoenix Open in 2019 and he lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama in 2016.
The five-time PGA Tour winner needs a confidence boost and it could come at TPC Scottsdale.
Fowler hasn’t been respected in betting markets, which is fair given his form. However, he always demands respect at the Phoenix Open and we’re prepared to give him a chance.
“My game’s not far off,” Fowler said. “I feel very comfortable when I’m at the WM Phoenix Open and it’s a place where I feel like if I’m going in with any sort of game I know I can play well.”
“I love the atmosphere. I grew up around action sports and this kind of reminds me more of being at action sports events, the fans being loud and having fun.”
He’s a risky bet, but at the odds, you don’t need a big wager to make it worthwhile.