2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open Odds - Info, Dates, Coverage

The PGA Tour travels to TPC Scottsdale for the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. The opening round will get underway on Thursday, January 31st and go through Sunday, February 3rd.

The Golf Channel will be all over the coverage over the course of the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday, beginning at 4pm ET, and going through 7pm ET. Then on the weekend, The Golf Channel starts things off at 1pm ET until 3pm ET which is when NBC picks up coverage through the conclusion of play on Saturday and Sunday.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open

The stop at TPC Scottsdale is certainly one of the more popular on the PGA Tour, especially for the fans. This golf course is home to perhaps the loudest venue in the sport, taking place at the 16th hole. The final par-3 on the golf course is lined with stadium bleachers on both sides all the way down to the hole, in which the fans yell and scream from the moment of contact with the ball through the green. It's quite a spectacle to witness. The rest of TPC Scottsdale is pretty good as well though.

This 7,200-yard Par-71 layout encapsulates the natural terrain of the Sonoran Desert, with some breathtaking scenery. It's not the longest golf course out there, but it penalizes players for going offline, routinely providing difficult shots from sandy lies, and in difficult brush. The winner of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open will receive $1.098 million of the $6.2 million total purse. There are 500 FedEx Cup points at stake to the winner as well.

2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Those players, who were in the field at the Farmers Insurance Open this past week in California at Torrey Pines, will have a day less to prepare if they are in the field this week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open out at TPC Scottsdale.

Weather prompted a Monday finish at Torrey Pines, which saw Tiger Woods coast into a four-shot victory in his 2013 PGA Tour debut. Woods will not be in the field this week, with his next tournament not yet known.

However, we will get plenty of notables at TPC Scottsdale this week, many of whom were in the field at the Farmers. At the top of the list of notable names is Phil Mickelson, who had a lackluster week at Torrey Pines, and will look to rebound. Also in the field will be Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Nick Watney, and more.

What Happened In 2012?

Just a week removed from a terrible collapse on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines, in which he blew a three-shot lead, Kyle Stanley probably entered the Waste Management Phoenix open feeling like he let a win slip through his fingers. But oh how a week can change things. Stanley carded a final round 65 on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to win by one shot over Ben Crane. Spencer Levin led the tournament through 54 holes, but fell apart in the final round en route to a 75 on the day, paving the way for Stanley to come from behind. Stanley started the day eight shots behind Levin.

Odds For 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Coming into this week, oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook have named two players as the favorites heading into Thursday's first round. They would be Jason Dufner and Nick Watney. Both players have been installed at 14/1. Watney had a solid week at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open, carding a T-4 finish. It's enough to give him momentum on the odds to be tabbed as the favorite alongside Dufner.

As for Dufner, he hasn't made much noise yet this season, coming off of a breakout 2012 year in which he won three times. Routinely among the favorites each week, Dufner is usually a pretty safe play as oddsmakers expect him to put together a solid week every time he hits the course. It's worth noting that Jason Dufner was not in the field at Torrey Pines last week.

Behind the top-two favorites is Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker finished runner-up to Woods on Monday at the Farmer Insurance Open (though a few strokes behind), capping off two-year run that saw him finish 1-2 in 2012 and 2013 respectively. This week, Snedeker is tied for third in the odds to win this week on the Tour with his 16/1 payout which means a $1 wager will net $16 if Brandt wins the tournament.

Bubba Watson is in a three-way deadlock when it comes to the betting odds this week. Along with Snedeker and Rickie Fowler, Bubba has been given a 16 to 1 payout according to the latest lines to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Unfortunately, it's been a little while since we've seen him swing it as he had to withdrawal in the first round of the Farmers due to flu symptoms. Will he be ready? Could there be rust? How's Bubba feeling? All these need to be and will be answered this week. TPC Scottsdale sets up well for big hitters like Watson and that is always dangerous... as are the tough lies provided from wayward shots into the Sonoran desert.

Rounding out the top-five favorites this week is Rickie Fowler. Fowler had a good week at Torrey Pines in the Farmers, finishing in sixth place after starting with a putrid 77 in Thursday's first round. That bad round didn't haunt Fowler for long as he followed it up with rounds of 65, 70, and 68 to close strong. Tied with Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker, Rickie currently has 16/1 odds to win the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

And even though he did not make the top-5, "Lefty" is currently posted with 22/1 odds which is good for sixth place. While Phil didn't look all that great at Torrey Pines, you simply cannot discount him from putting it all together and taking this one down. Maybe Phil Mickelson's odds to win Waste Management Phoenix Open are a bit better than they should be but even then, $22 of profit for every dollar wagered is a healthy payout and one that cannot be ignored from such a high caliber of player.

2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open Betting Odds - odds found at Bovada on 1/29/2013

Our Picks

Winner - With Brandt Snedeker coming in with a ton of confidence, the PGABettingOdds.com crew expects him to put together four solid rounds and get an early win in 2013. The second-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open has given Snedeker the momentum that he needs to get back into the winner's circle. A 16/1 (+1600) payout awaits those who wager on Snedeker to win this week, if he pulls out the win in Phoenix.

Darkhorse - Ben Crane finished as the runner up last year at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open to Kyle Stanley. He obviously has a comfort level at TPC Scottsdale and is a strong pick despite his 50/1 (+5000) payout this week. A single dollar wagered on Crane will pay $50 (plus the original dollar) should Crane come out on top of the field. We are expecting him to have a very solid week, and be a contender coming down the stretch in the weekend rounds.

Notable Pairings

Tee times and pairings for the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open have been released for Thursday and Friday. The first grouping that should catch your eye is the 8:06am local start time on Thursday. That group includes Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, and Phil Mickelson. All three players are some of the top favorites, with Dufner and Fowler leading the way. This grouping will tee off at 12:15pm local time on Friday. PGA 3 Ball Betting Odds have been formed for this threesome on Thursday. It's Dufner who has been given the edge by oddsmakers, going off at +150 on the moneyline, or $1.50 for every $1 wagered. He is not favored by much though, with Fowler coming in at +175, and Mickelson at +200, or 2 to 1. Teeing off immediately behind them at 8:15am local time on Thursday is a group consisting of Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, and Padraig Harrington. Snedeker leads the way on the 3-Ball odds for Thursday in this pairing, installed at +140 on the moneyline. Mahan is in the middle at +180, with Harrington rounding things out at +220. They will go off at 12:25pm ET in the second round. Another group to pay attention to is Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, and Russell Henley. They go at 12:16pm local time off No.10 on Thursday, and then 8:06am local time on Friday. Watney and Watson come in tied for the 3-ball odds lead in this group on Thursday, set at +150. Henley is well back at +240