2022 WM Phoenix Open: Preview, Betting Picks and Favorites
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2022 WM Phoenix Open – World-class golf action will take center stage in Scottsdale, Arizona, with 2022 edition of the WM Phoenix Open. The US PGA Tour-sanctioned event will be played at the Par-71, 7,266-yard TPC Scottsdale-Stadium Course. One Sports and Premier Sports covering the stroke-by-stroke action on live television while LivePGATour.net will feature the event via livestream. A star-studded field will take part in this event, including world number one Jon Rahm, third-ranked Victor Hovland, and number four Patrick Cantlay. Others will include Justin Thomas, Xander Scehuffele, Hideki Matsuyama, and defending champion Brooks Koepka. 2022 PGA Tour betting picks Rahm as the slight favorite in the US$8.2-million stroke play event that gives the winner US$1.314 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.
Betting on 2022 WM Phoenix Open Viewing Information
When: February 10-13, 2022
The Phoenix Open was first held in 1932 but was abruptly stopped following the 1935 edition of the event. The event returned in 1939 through the efforts of Bob Goldwater Sr. It was held for two consecutive years in 1939 and 1940 but was halted again in 1941. The golf tournament returned in 1944 and continued ever since. The Phoenix Open was famous for its large attendance in every tournament. It normally hits half a million in the years before the coronavirus pandemic struck the US. On February 6, 2016, it set a PGA Tour and Phoenix Open single-day attendance record with 201,003 fans in attendance.
The record-setting day paved the way for a week attendance record of 618,365 golfing enthusiasts. The record for the lowest 72-hole score in the tournament was at 28-under 256. It was first set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 and was repeated twice by Phil Mickelson in 2005 and 2013. Last year, Koepka took home his second Phoenix Open crown. This was when he won over Lee Kyoung-hoon and Schauffele by a stroke. The purse for the 2022 staging of the event was increased to US$8.2 million from US$7.3 million last year. The winner will also get a significant raise this year at US$1.476 million, up from US$1.314 million.
Betting on Golf at 2022 WM Phoenix Open
The 2022 WM Phoenix Open features 132 golfers who will battle it out. This willl be over four grueling rounds and 72 holes in total. This year’s field is expected to be star-studded and exciting with Rahm, Hovland, Cantlay, Thomas, Schauffele, Matsuyama, Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Tony Finau and Webb Simpson stating their intentions to compete in the event. Expect a 20-under or higher winner for this year’s tournament as this year’s field are capable of taming the TPC Scottsdale-Stadium course and eliciting some roars from the spectators watching the event live.
The 27-year-old Rahm has a good chance of winning the WM Phoenix Open by virtue of his recent finishes in the US PGA Tour. However, he will be in for a contentious week as Hovland, who is fresh from winning the Dubai Desert Classic, and Cantlay are taking part as well. Add Thomas, Schauffele, Koepka and other big-time golfers that are capable of having a great week and winning the tournament in the mix, the WM Phoenix Open will be in for an exciting finish. Experts in the field of golf betting would pick on the heavy favorite and by his consistency and gameplay, Rahm will rule the four-day, 72-hole spectacle and take home the WM Phoenix Open by four or more strokes.