- The Phoenix Open is back with 132 contenders and a $7,300,000 prize purse
- Rickie Fowler will be defending his 2019 title in an attempt to win a back-to-back award
- John Rahm in the lead, although Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama are some of the best bets for this year’s event
Rickie Fowler is returning to the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) to defend his 2019 title, and facing a vast field of worthy contenders.
Waste Management Phoenix Open: Fowler to Defend
Times have been busy for the PGA Tour, which has already concluded several events in January. Next on the list comes Waste Management Phoenix Open, which will reunite another top crop of golfers who are eager to claim the title.
But can they? With Rickie Fowler returning to defend his title – after having won the event on one occasion and challenged it on two other – contenders seem to be playing on his home turf.
Even more impressively, Fowler has nine professional wins, one of which has taken place at the TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course where Waste Management Phoenix Open is officially held.
Yet, Fowler is not quite the favorite yet, given somewhat long odds at both BetOnline and MyBookie. With Jon Rahm in the lead, it’s time to pay attention to the odds this year.
2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open Odds
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John Rahm has been having a strong season so far and he just fell behind M. Leishman during the Farmers Insurance Open a few days ago. It’s no wonder that he has been priced so highly by golf betting sites, although he is far from the only favorite for the title.
Where and When Is the Waste Management Phoenix Open?
- Date: January 30 – February 2, 2020
- Place: TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course
- Live stream: GOLF, CBS
- Prize purse: $7,300,000
The Phoenix Open will run from January 30 through February 2 and reunite a total of 132 players who will vie for a chunk of the $7,300,000 prize purse this year. The event will be streamed on the GOLF channel and CBS.
All the Waste Management Champions Stepping into the Field
Even more impressively, the filed of 132 players will feature multiple-title holders, making for a highly-competitive tournament.
Many skilled players are given decent odds and if you are looking for a long-shot underdog who holds all the promise of clinching the title in the Phoenix Open, Bubba Watson can definitely be him.
Watson finished back-to-back runner-up in both the 2014 and 2015 event and with odds listed at the rather long +3300, he is definitely a decent pick.
Yet the scramble at the top doesn’t let a single player stay in the first two spots for too long. In fact, the only player in recent history to win back-to-back has been Hideki Matsuyama who secured the title in both 2016 and 2017.
He is still behind Phil Mickelson in terms of total titles, but Mickelson doesn’t seem to be a serious contender for this year’s title at all.
Will John Rahm Be the Next Champion?
John Rahm is definitely a strong contender who knows how to play golf under pressure. Against a field of 132-some competitors, he will definitely have to learn the value of playing in difficult conditions. He has 10 professional wins and is still in his youth, which means he will be looking to secure more titles and three PGA Tour wins.
John Rahm’s Best WMPO Finishes
His track record isn’t quite as convincing to merit a top pick, but sportsbooks will usually go off his most recent performance, which hasn’t been bad at all, finishing second in the Insurance Open.