The next stop on the PGA Tour is the highly anticipated Phoenix Open, where the best players in the world thrive on the atmosphere.
The sportsbook offers a plethora of exotic betting markets, including first-round leader, to make and miss the cut, and hole-in-one options.
With players like Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama in the field, the Phoenix Open promises to be the highlight of the year.
Matsuyama to Lead the Pack
Hideki Matsuyama is a former winner of the Phoenix Open and we think he’ll get off to a strong start on Thursday.
The Masters champion has produced some strong recent results, including a win at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He followed it up with a T30 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he was only seven shots behind Luke List.
Matsuyama is also a two-time winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, so he adores the course. His wins came in 2016 and 2017, and he has since added four wins to his record.
Matsuyama is often overlooked as a tournament-winning chance. He’s at great value, but we like him to lead the field after the opening round. He’s paying +2800 with betting online markets, so take the value available.
Pick: Hideki Matsuyama +2800
To Make the Cut
Fowler Loves Phoenix
We talked about Rickie Fowler returning to form in our Phoenix Open preview and there’s value in his price to make the cut.
Despite missing the cut at his last two tournaments, he always plays well at the Phoenix Open, including a win in 2019.
His confidence levels hit rock-bottom during a tough stretch, but getting back to his favorite course is ideal and he should be playing on the weekend.
Golf betting odds have Fowler at -225 to play on Saturday and Sunday. There is value in those odds and we fancy his chances of pushing for a top-five spot.
Former tournament chairman John Felix, who included Fowler in his list of exempt players when he was only 20 years old, recalls making the tough decision to include the relative unknown in the Phoenix Open field.
“I mean, who knew he was going to become a brand and become a transformational figure in golf? But let’s face it, he’s got the ‘X factor.’ I just looked at his record and he always performed on a big stage; the bigger the stage, the better he performed,” Felix told Golf Week.
Fowler is a player everyone wants to see play well, so have him on your ticket.
Pick: Rickie Fowler -225
To Miss the Cut
Power Run out of Juice
Irish golfer Seamus Power set the 36-hole scoring record at Pebble Beach last week, but he ran out of juice on the weekend.
That’s a concern for the 34-year-old, who has been in stellar form. He recorded a T15 finish at the Tournament of Champions before notching a T3 finish at the Sony Open.
He has since added two top-15 finishes, but he looked tired at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and backing up a week later could prove too physically demanding.
Bettors get excellent odds for him to miss the cut. He’s paying +225, which is worth snapping up before it shortens.
We like him as a golfer, but he’s an excellent situational bet at the Phoenix Open.
Pick: Seamus Power +225
Par 3s are Action-Packed
The best thing about the Phoenix Open are the par 3s, which always provide plenty of drama.
It’s one of the easier par-three courses on the PGA Tour, and with a big field taking part, we’re expecting a hole-in-one to be scored.
We’re not sure who will sink the ace, but we’re confident there will be one, or perhaps even a second on the weekend.
Bookmakers have -150 available for an ace to be scored, which is worth including in golf parlays.