Updated 2022 Waste Management Open Betting Odds: Jon Rahm Favored in Stacked Field
Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images. Pictured: Jon Rahm.
|Harold Varner III||+5000|
|Andrew D. Putnam||+9000|
|Si Woo Kim||+9000|
|Charles Howell III||+10000|
|Mito Guillermo Pereira||+12500|
*Odds as of Monday morning and via PointsBet.
One of golf’s best atmospheres takes center stage on its usual week leading into the Super Bowl.
Six of the top 10 players in the world and 14 of the top 20 will be at TPC Scottsdale this week for the 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open, headlined by world No. 1 and former Arizona State star Jon Rahm. His finishes in six career starts at this event: T5, T16, T11, T10, T9, T13.
World No. 3 Viktor Hovland returns stateside after a successful run in the Middle East where he won on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama round out the other top-10 players in the field.
Schauffele was one of the many top players who were in Saudi Arabia last week on the Asian Tour, where Harold Varner III win.
Other noteworthy names in the field include Talor Gooch, who enters the week second in the early FedEx Cup points race, Sam Burns, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth.
The last two winners on TOUR — Luke List at the Farmers Insurance Open and Tom Hoge at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am — are both playing this week in Scottsdale.
This section is being included out of habit given the past few weeks, which have seen the TOUR make stops at multi-course tournaments since returning from Hawaii.
This week, it’s straightforward. This will be a 132-player field that will be played on one single course all four days. Moving forward, it’s going to be one track every week for a long time.
TPC Scottsdale comes in at just under 7,300 yards and is a par-71. It’s not an overly long track, which means approach will be of great importance this week. The greens, as you’d expect in hot and sunny Arizona, are usually dry and fast.
The last seven Phoenix Opens have seen a pair of repeat winners. Brooks Koepka claimed his second title in Scottsdale last year with a dramatic one-stroke win, while Hideki Matsuyama won back-to-back years in 2016-17. From 2018-20, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler and Simpson were winners.
Koepka sealed his pre-Super Bowl win last year with an electric chip-in for eagle on the short par-4 17th. Schauffele appeared in pole position, but he hit into the water on the same hole.
Early Bet to Lock In
Rickie Fowler +7000
Shane McNichol: Crowds will be out in full force at the always rowdy Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, giving players a new element to deal with. Every course and event has quirks that certain players seem suited to handle. Most of those quirks come on the greens and on the tees. This event adds a layer on the mental and social side.
One player who has always enjoyed his time in the desert? Rickie Fowler. The former top-five player in the world hasn’t been someone worth betting on in recent years. He carried a much bigger name than game since hitting his peak a few years ago, yet he still shows flashes.
If there’s one place where he could ride the energy to a high finish, it’s Scottsdale. He finished in the top 5 back in 2016 and 2017 and collected his last win on Tour here back in 2019. I like his chances to contend, even coming off consecutive missed cuts.