PGA Preview: 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open Picks, Odds and Info

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has become one of the fan favorites on the PGA schedule as the tournament is known for its rowdy and loud crowds. Some players hate it while some embrace the spirit and energy most often associated with the infield of a NASCAR race.

“It’s going to be pretty wild,” Justin Thomas said of Phoenix’s infamous hole No. 16 nicknamed the Colosseum. “It seems like every year it gets crazier and crazier. But it’s so hard to control your adrenaline, you have so many juices pumping and you’re kind of like hands are tingling and it’s a little shaky. It’s just, it’s a great atmosphere.”




Rickie Fowler is the defending champ but comes into the event after missing the cut last week. It was a strange outing for Fowler and the result is a +1600 heading into the opening round at Phoenix.


Farmers Insurance Open Info

Where:             TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course. Scottsdale, Arizona

Par:                  71

Length:            7,266 yards

When:             January 30 – February 2, 2020

Purse:             $7.3 million

Last Winner:  Rickie Fowler

TV Coverage: CBS/Golf Channel


Jon Rahm +600

Jon Rahm comes in as the favorite at +600 following an uncharacteristic finish to last week's Farmers Open. Rahm was the favorite heading into the event and looked to be the winner heading into Sunday play before Leishman took advantage of Rahm’s slow start and missed shots.

Leishman is not in the field this week and it’s hard to see Rahm having another bad outing… if you can call finishing second one stroke back a bad outing.

Rahm played college golf down the road at Tempe, and plays well at Scottsdale. He has finished under par in the last 20 rounds at TPC Scottsdale and finished in the top-ten in his last three TOUR starts.

I’m starting to heat up with my PGA betting picks, and it’s early in the season. Last week at the Farmers, out of the 7 golfers I liked, 4 of them finished in the Top 10, with Jon Rahm finishing 2nd, Brandt Snedeker and Rory T3 and Tiger T9.

Justin Thomas +800

I like Justin Thomas to make a strong run this weekend at Phoenix.

Thomas comes in at +800 and he has a solid record at TPC Scottsdale, but has never been able to pull out a win.

That could change as Thomas has already notched three wins this season, with one being the Presidents Cup. He carded a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions but followed that effort up with a missed cut at Sony Open in Hawaii.

Thomas returns this week for Phoenix now leading in FEDEX points and being ranked No. 4 on the OWGR list.

Hideki Matsuyama +1600

Hideki Matsuyama has won this event twice going back to back in 2016 and 2017. Plus, he almost won in 2015 but carded a T2, one stroke behind Brooks Koepka.

Matsuyama comes in at +1600 after a disappointing finish last week at the Farmers Open. He was well off the pace at the end with a T45. His season to date, on the new 2019/2020 schedule, includes eight events with three strong top-ten finishes and one missed cut.

His past performance at Phoenix is worth consideration as he’s proven that he can handle the crowd noise but his driver has been a bit iffy off the tee lately.

Long Shot: Ryan Palmer +5000

Ryan Palmer has scored in the top-ten twice this season with a T3 at the QBE Shootout and a T4 at the Sony Open. Last week he rode close to the top of the leader board with solid play before sliding back to a T25 finish.

Out of six events this season he’s finished T25 or better five times.

Others I like to Win:

Rickie Fowler                        +1600

Gary Woodland            +2800

Bubba Watson            +3300


Complete Odds for the Phoenix Open


Jon Rahm                        +600

Justin Thomas                        +800

Webb Simpson            +1400

Hideki Matsuyama            +1600

Rickie Fowler                        +1600

Xander Schauffele            +1800

Gary Woodland            +2800

Bryson DeChambeau            +2800

Matt Kuchar                        +2800

Tony Finau                        +2800

Sungjae Im                        +3300

Bubba Watson            +3300

Brandt Snedeker            +3300

Collin Morikawa            +3300

Branden Grace            +5000

Viktor Hovland                        +5000

Scottie Scheffler            +5000

Jordan Spieth                        +5000

Cameron Smith            +5000

Ryan Palmer                        +5000

Ryan Moore                        +6600

Matthew Wolff                        +6600

Jason Kokrak                        +6600

Corey Conners            +6600

Chez Reavie                        +8000

Byeong-Hun An            +8000

Brian Harman                        +8000

Billy Horschel                        +8000

Keegan Bradley            +8000

Russell Knox                        +8000

JT Poston                        +8000

Daniel Berger                        +8000

Andrew Putnam            +8000

Kevin Na                        +8000

Tom Hoge                        +8000

Brendan Steele            +10000

Adam Hadwin                        +10000

J.B. Holmes                        +10000

Bud Cauley                        +10000

Vaughn Taylor                        +10000

Charley Hoffman            +10000

Lanto Griffin                        +12500

Andrew Landry            +12500

Emiliano Grillo                        +12500

Zach Johnson                        +12500

Denny McCarthy            +12500

Harris English                        +12500

Max Homa                        +12500

Rory Sabbatini            +12500

Dylan Frittelli                        +15000

Joel Dahmen                        +15000

Charl Schwartzel            +15000

Talor Gooch                        +15000

Scott Piercy                        +15000

Sebastian Munoz            +15000

Aaron Wise                        +15000

Martin Laird                        +15000

Harry Higgs                        +15000

Russell Henley            +15000

Sung Kang                        +15000

Carlos Ortiz                        +15000

Sean O'Hair                        +20000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat            +20000

Harold Varner III            +20000

Jimmy Walker                        +20000

Nick Taylor                        +20000

Brian Stuard                        +20000

Matt Jones                        +20000

Sepp Straka                        +20000

Cameron Tringale            +20000

Kevin Tway                        +20000

Kyle Stanley                        +20000

Patrick Rodgers            +20000

Chesson Hadley            +20000

Grayson Murray            +20000

Kevin Streelman            +20000

Sam Burns                        +20000

Sam Ryder                        +20000

Adam Schenk                        +25000

Nate Lashley                        +25000

Sebastian Cappelen            +25000

Luke List                        +25000

Danny Lee                        +25000

Adam Long                        +25000

Kevin Chappell            +25000

Aaron Baddeley            +25000

Wyndham Clark            +25000

Ryan Armour                        +25000

Doc Redman                        +25000

Brice Garnett                        +25000

Brian Gay                        +25000

John Huh                        +30000

Austin Cook                        +30000

Steve Stricker                        +30000

Si-Woo Kim                        +30000

Chris Kirk                        +30000

Troy Merritt                        +30000

JJ Spaun                        +30000

C T Pan                        +30000

Luke Donald                        +30000

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