Action Report: Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas Very Popular Ahead of WM Phoenix Open

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Scottie Scheffler watches is tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, in Olympia Fields, Ill.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Feb 07, 2024, 1:14 PM

The 2024 PGA Tour season has been about the long shots, as all five winners have not been among the golf betting favorites going into the week.

But bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook expect that to change this week at the WM Phoenix Open from TPC Scottsdale.

As of Wednesday, Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler are the two most popular players and are also the two players with the shortest odds.

Scheffler (+500) is pulling in the most handle (17%) on the second-most tickets (8.5%). Meanwhile, Thomas (+1000) is pulling in the second-most handle (15%) on the most tickets (9.1%).

Scheffler is looking to win this event for the third straight year. He’d become the first player on the PGA Tour to win an event three straight years since Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic (2009-11).

He’s coming off a T-6 at a shortened AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week.

Thomas is off to a strong start this season after a down 2023.

The 30-year-old finished T-3 at The American Express, which got him into AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (a PGA Tour signature event), where he finished T-6.

Specific to TPC Scottsdale, Thomas has played very well here in the past. In his last five starts, he hasn’t finished worse than T-13 and that includes three top five finishes.

Thomas, Rickie Fowler (+5000) and Wyndham Clark (+2800) are BetMGM’s biggest liabilities.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Scottie Scheffler – 17%
  2. Justin Thomas – 15%
  3. Wyndham Clark – 6.1%
  4. Byeong Hun An – 5.1%
  5. Hideki Matsuyama – 4.4%

Tickets

  1. Justin Thomas – 9.1%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 8.5%
  3. Jordan Spieth – 4.9%
  4. Rickie Fowler – 4.9%
  5. Byeong Hun An – 4.8%

An (+2800, down from +4000) has two top five finishes in 2024 to go along with a solid history at this event, including two top 10s.

Fowler (+5000, down from +5500) has struggled so far this season, but he did win this event in 2019.

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”