The Waste Management Phoenix Open is definitely the PGA’s love-it-or-hate-it tournament. Players and fans alike are either absolutely on-board with the often-crazy atmosphere surrounding the event, or they loathe it, and it’s easy to understand why.
Also known as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” the Phoenix Open is home to often-raucous crowds that feel to some like a collision of professional wrestling, NASCAR, and golf fans all mixed into the same crowd. Over the course of the tournament, attendance can top half a million.
As a bettor, the Waste Management Phoenix Open provides a variety of potential wagers, and the party-like atmosphere just adds to the overall experience. Now that Arizona sports betting legislation has passed, read on for betting information on the event, including information about the planned retail sportsbook from DrafKings Arizona on-site at TPC Scottsdale.
Waste Management Open odds
The odds feed below shows the latest odds for the Waste Management Phoenix Open as posted at top AZ online sportsbooks. You can use it to find the most up-to-date betting odds for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and go directly to the sportsbook to claim your bonus just by clicking on any player’s odds.
Betting on the Phoenix Open
Golf betting is a bit different from other major sports. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, among others, have pretty similar bets. Golf, on the other hand, stands apart from those team sports, mostly because it is such an individual competition.
While the bets may be a little different, they aren’t hard to comprehend. Here are some of the most popular and common bets you’ll come across at sportsbooks like BetMGM Arizona and Fanduel when wagering on the PGA in Arizona:
- Top five/10/20: With the large field of competitors at an event like the Phoenix Open, it can be very difficult to predict who will win. You can still bet on an overall winner if you wish, but if you’re looking for something a bit safer, you can wager on whether a specific golfer will finish in the top five, the top 10, or the top 20. Your potential return is going to be higher the more you’re able to narrow down where that golfer will finish, but all of the options have the potential for a decent payout.
- Head to head: The sportsbook will list two players, and you wager on which one you think will finish higher for the tournament.
- Props: Think of these as side bets. You’ll see options like betting on if there will be a hole in one on the first day or if a particular golfer will end up with an eagle during the tournament.
- First-round leader: Can you predict who will be the leader after the first day of the Phoenix Open? If you think you can, then this bet may be for you. You don’t have to select who will win the tournament overall, just the golfer who will be in the lead after the first round.
- Three ball betting: This is a lot like the head-to-head bet, but instead of two golfers to choose from there are three.
- Each way: This bet allows you to pick a golfer to either win or place.That range of placement depends on the sportsbook, but it’s usually the top five.
Phoenix Open golf betting tips
Here are a few tips to consider if you’re thinking about betting on the Waste Management Phoenix Open:
- Don’t rely on past winners: Over the last decade, only two golfers have repeated as the champion at the Phoenix Open, and those were the 2021 champion Brooks Koepka, who also won in 2015, and Hideki Matsuyama in 2016 and 2017. Look for recent trends for the current field, find out which golfers have played TPC Scottsdale recently and how they fared, and consider other factors such as weather and recent form in the past few tournaments.
- Picking the winner is hard: Golf is the kind of sport where just about any professional can have a great day, and, on the other side of things, a small case of the yips can lead to disaster. This can make picking the overall champion difficult. For that reason, if you think a golfer will do particularly well, consider placing an each way bet rather than an overall winner bet. This will allow get you a return if that golfer wins outright or places (usually in the top five).
Waste Management Phoenix Open favorites
Golf can be a fickle sport, and the best in the game can rise and fade from year to year. That makes predicting which golfers will step up and make a run at the Phoenix Open’s top spot a difficult task. Here are five golfers worth keeping an eye on, but check back often for updated odds as the next Waste Management Phoenix Open draws nearer.
- Brooks Koepka (won the Phoenix Open in 2021 and 2015)
- Xander Schauffele (top five in 2021 and top 10 in 2019)
- Justin Thomas (top five in 2020 and 2019 and top 10 in 2017)
- Rickie Fowler (top five in 2016 and 2017)
- Jordan Speith (top five in 2021 and top 10 in 2017 and 2015)
How to bet on Phoenix Open online in Arizona
There are a lot of benefits to setting up an account at an Arizona sportsbook compared to wagering at a brick-and-mortar location. First up, with a sportsbook app, you have the convenience of being able to place wagers from anywhere within the state. You don’t have to worry about having to drive across town just to place a simple bet, and you can do all of your betting and account management from the same device.
Second, you need to be on a sports betting website or app to take part in live betting. It’s a lot of fun, super engaging and it keeps you on top of the action throughout the entire Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Finally, there really is nothing more convenient than being able to conduct all of your research on the same device, keep up with the shifting odds and make last-minute hedge bets based on new information that may come up. Being able to avoid liability through adjusting your bets and fine-tuning your strategy is invaluable.
Live golf betting on the Phoenix Open
We’ve mentioned live betting a couple of times previously on this page, and there’s a good reason for it: Live betting, also called in-game betting, is the hottest trend in sports betting right now. Being able to wager as the events happen live in front of you has proven to be popular with veteran gamblers and newcomers alike.
As mentioned above, to take part in live betting, you’ll need to have access to a sportsbook app or website. This will allow you to keep track of the rapidly changing sportsbooks odds and lines and place a bet at a moment’s notice, something that’s not possible at a retail sportsbook. Apps like Caesars AZ and Fanduel AZ both have options for live betting.
As for the live bets you can place, you’ll find options ranging from those focused on individual golfers to tournament-wide results to prop bets centered around specific rounds and even individual holes.
Like all sports betting, each wager you make during live betting will carry its own odds, but remember that those odds will be shifting. When you finalize your bet, you will lock in the odds at that point.
Is live betting the end-all of sports betting revolutionary concepts? Probably not. But for the time being, it’s a great way to get immersed in the games and events you’re wagering on, all while having a lot of fun doing it.
PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open details
The Waste Management Phoenix Open first took place in 1932, originally at the Phoenix Country Club. In 1987, the tournament was moved to its current home, TPC Scottsdale.
In 2022, the Phoenix Open will begin at 7:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, Feb. 10. That is the same time round two will begin on Friday. Rounds three and four will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Biggest longshot winners in Phoenix Open history
The Phoenix Open has seen a few incredible victories from some unexpected players over the decades. But only one stands out as an absolutely mind-blowing win.
In 2014, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson facing off at the Phoenix Open is all that anyone was talking about. Two of the greats. Fans were excited, pundits were focused on the top golfers … and no one knew Kevin Stadler was going to walk away with the championship. He was listed at +12,500 odds heading in, and by the end of Day 4, everyone in the golf world knew his name.
Brooks Koepka has had a couple of solid unexpected victories, as well. In 2021, Koepka was listed at +5,000 odds and came away with the top spot. In his first time winning the event in 2015, he entered at +4,000 odds. In 2018, Gary Woodland won at +3,500 odds.
Last 10 Phoenix Open winners
Winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a nice feather in the cap of any PGA golfer, and some of the best names in the game have come away with victories over the years. Here are the past 10 winners: