Waste Management Phoenix Open - Vegas Odds, Picks + Tee Times
Beginning on Thursday, January 30th and concluding after four rounds on Sunday, February 2nd, the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open takes center stage on the PGA Tour. The unique environment and terrain of Scottsdale, Arizona will make for a fun event. TPC Scottsdale is home to perhaps the loudest arena in all of golf; the Par-3 16th hole.
Players who compete in the Waste Management Phoenix Open know exactly when that hole is coming up, even if they are a few holes away. That's because the deafening roar of the excited crowd yearning for a great shot can be heard several hundred yards away. The 16th at TPC Scottsdale is just one of the many challenges that await players in this field. But the golf course rewards good shots with birdie chances. Those players who put themselves in the proper spots on the greens will make putts.
Live coverage of 16th hole and the rest of the golf course will be found on Golf Channel and CBS during the week. For specific times, be sure to check back during the week of the tournament for the complete schedule.
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
A 36-hole golf extravaganza, the TPC of Scottsdale is among Arizona's most famed golfing venues—and a key hosting venue for the PGA.
The TPC offers two courses, first among them the Stadium Course. With total yardage of 7,216 and a par-71, the Stadium Course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The duo was given the epic task of designing a course that could hold the Phoenix Open year after year—and it has done so since 1987.
The course's most noteworthy characteristic is its 16th hole, the only hole on the PGA Tour that is fully enclosed. This enclosed hole is lovingly referred to as the Coliseum, and not without reason; during professional play, the enclosure is usually packed full with some of golf's loudest, most enthusiastic fans.
The Champions Course, meanwhile, is 7,115 yards with a par of 71. This course was designed by Randy Heckenhemper and completed in 2007. The Champions replaced the older Desert Course, which had also been designed by Weiskopf and Morrish.
Even though this event isn't a Major, it does have an electric feel especially as players approach the 16th hole. As exciting as that is, the fun factor can multiplied exponentially when making a wager that wins. Well, now is the time to make that wager and the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open betting lines to win the tournament (plus a few others) are available. Look just below as we've prepared a table with odds to win for every golfer that is expected to be in the field, 128 different wager lines in total.
Top-5 Favorites To Win WM Phoenix Open
Phil Mickelson 12/1 (+1200) - Mickelson was a fraction of an inch away from shooting a 59 here last year. But the 60 was plenty good enough to get him off to a lead. It was a lead that he kept throughout the championship, turning it into one of two wins he'd have in 2013. Coming into this week Mickelson is a 12/1 favorite, but bettors should be cautious about the condition of his back.
Webb Simpson 16/1 (+1600) - Simpson did not play at the Farmers Insurance Open last week and will make his first appearance since the Humana Challenge. At 16/1, he isn't far from being the overall favorite this week according to several sportsbooks that have PGA betting odds. Simpson sits in 4th place overall according to the latest release of the FedEx Cup rankings with 795 points total.
Keegan Bradley 22/1 (+2200) - Bradley has a pair of back-to-back top-20 finishes. He tabbed a T16 at the Farmers Insurance Open with a -5 total. He was very consistent at Torrey Pines, opening with a 69 but never shooting higher than 71. It looks like if Bradley can get the putter rolling he can turn those scores into middle 60s. The birdie opportunities will be there much more often at TPC Scottsdale than at Torrey Pines.
Bubba Watson 25/1 (+2500) - Watson made his 2014 debut last week at Farmers Insurance Open in what ended up being a solid start to his season after finishing tied for 23rd place. He wasn't really in contention to win at any point but the important thing to note is that he played well. The first tournament of the year is always interesting for any player and he might have found a rhythm he can take to TPC Scottsdale. There isn't a player in the field that hits it longer than Watson. If he keeps it in the fairway, he can do some damage + there won't be many players more favored by the gallery.
Harris English 25/1 (+2500) - English last played at the Humana Challenge where he tied for 33rd. He is 3rd on the FedEx Cup Standings through seven events, but does not yet have a win. He's been consistent enough to contend though, which includes a solo 4th place finish at the Sony Open the second week in January.
Pick To Win 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open - The field this week is pretty wide open. Birdies will be available and low scores are needed to be in the running. Gary Woodland held the 54-hole lead at the Farmers Insurance Open, but a costly double-bogey on the 71st hole did him in. We like those who played well recently. Moreover, the 28/1 payout is very favorable for a wager on Woodland this week. The profit margin is nice and high.
Darkhorse Value Bet To Win - Lee Westwood has fallen off the radar a bit, and now has to be considered a dark horse? Well, at 50/1 the payout says yes. But Westwood is more than capable of stringing together four solid rounds to get into the winner's circle. This is a great profit margin for those interested in betting on a world class player down the list.
The PGA Tour put together some great opening pairings for the first two days of the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Betting lines for all groups each day will be available matched against each other for the lowest score for the one round. All of the 3-ball betting lines will be displayed below and updated automatically after each round.
It starts with defending champion Phil Mickelson. He will go out with Bill Haas and Ryan Moore. Mickelson struggled with his back at the Farmers Insurance Open but is scheduled to go. This threesome will tee off at 8:15 am local time (11:15am ET) on Thursday off the first tee.
Another intriguing pairing is Brandt Snedeker, Harris English, and Lee Westwood. Snedeker and Westwood are the household names, but it's English who is the highest-ranked on the FedEx Cup standings coming into this event. Teeing off at 12:07 pm local time (3:07pm ET), this group highlights the afternoon wave.
Hunter Mahan will play with Rickie Fowler and last week's Farmers Open Champion Scott Stallings. Mahan captured the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Fowler comes in continuing to work on his revamped Butch Harmon swing after missing last week's cut. They tee off at 7:57 am local time (10:57am ET) on the back-nine, off the tenth tee..
Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, and Webb Simpson will play together Thursday and Friday. All three are in the top-10 favorites entering the week. That group will tee off at 8:06 am local time (11:06am ET) off tenth tee at TPC Scottsdale.
2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
To shoot a 59 in tournament play on the PGA Tour is the rarest of feats. It's something that has only been done a handful of times. During the opening round of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Phil Mickelson had a lengthy putt on the 18th green that would have added his name to the record books, but it was not to be, and it still remains a mystery as how the putt did not fall in the cup... yes, it was that close. The resulting opening round of 60 was enough to propel Lefty to his first win of the young season.
Winning by four shots over Brandt Snedeker, Mickelson never shot higher than 67 in any one of the four rounds at TPC Scottsdale.
2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open - Leaderboard
- Phil Mickelson -28 (256)
- Brandt Snedeker -24 (260)
- Scott Piercy -23 (261)
- Ryan Moore -22 (262)
- Ryan Palmer -19 (265)