A Couple of Outsiders Look to Surprise at the WM Phoenix Open

The 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) betting odds are out. The upcoming PGA Tour event, held at TPC Scottsdale, near Phoenix, AZ, has a couple of names prominently figuring at the top of the list. Jon Rahm is the PGA Tour’s betting favorite for this week, starting off with odds of +750.


However, there are a few golfers sitting lower on the list who could surprise everyone. Tom Hoge just did it at the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There’s no reason an underdog can’t find his way to the top in the Phoenix Open, as well.


Koepka Looks to Find Stride


Brooks Koepka seems untouchable for golf bettors after missing his third straight cut. It will be difficult to resist the temptation to kick the Koepka tires, especially when you consider his chances of winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


Koepka’s first PGA Tour win was at TPC Scottsdale in 2015. He opened at 50-1 to win the WMPO last year before taking the title.


These odds reflected his slump but were still surprising, considering he is a four-time major winner at the peak of his career. This year, he is now at 30-1 for a repeat, which is far below Rahm’s 6-1 odds.


Watson Back in the Saddle


Bubba Watson has not yet participated in an event during the 2021-22 PGA TOUR Season, but he is a name to be aware of when the action shifts over to TPC Scottsdale. Because of his track record at the course, he needs to be followed. 


Watson is currently 13th of 15 at TPC Scottsdale, having achieved five top 10s in 22 starts. He is a six-time winner of the top 10 and has also been a top-three finisher.


In two of his three previous starts at TPC Scottsdale, he reached the top four. Watson, at more than 34-1, deserves attention.


Gary Woodland Cuts Back In


Gary Woodland is back after three missed cuts. He finished the Farmers Insurance Open with a T39; his second made cut for the season. Woodland will be looking to maintain his form at TPC Scottsdale, where he won the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open worth $1.242 Million.


Woodland is currently in the top 10 and has four top 25s from nine career appearances at TPC Scottsdale. Although he is at over 90-1 to win, he has the experience on the course. If he can find his rhythm, it could mean a payday. 


Michael Thompson Exits Pro-Am Early


Michael Thompson just missed the cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. This is only his second miss at this stage. He is 7-9 with three top 25s, including a T5 in Hawaii’s Sony Open and a Farmers Insurance Open T11. 


Thompson is 2/5 in his TPC Scottsdale career with a 19th-place finish in the WMPO in 2014. Definitely on the outside looking in, at 180-1, he should be watched early on to see how things go. 

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