PGA betting: Three head-to-head matchups to guess for the Phoenix Open

Pamela Maldonado

The PGA lastly feels prefer it’s in full swing with the Waste Administration Phoenix Open teeing off Thursday at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Calling for an outright is enjoyable however these varieties of wagers are extra unstable than full event head-to-head matchups. I’m dipping my toes into the head-to-head market now that the NFL is close to the top of the season with the Super Bowl on deck.

Listed here are three head-to-head matchups to guess for the Phoenix Open. Odds through BetMGM.

Collin Morikawa -125 vs. Justin Thomas

Morikawa is among the greatest ball strikers on tour. Within the final 36 rounds, Morikawa is fourth within the area for each strokes gained through method and ball hanging. Since October 2021, solely twice has he misplaced strokes along with his irons. Morikawa is among the greatest as a result of he’s constant. Thomas alternatively, has misplaced strokes off the tee in back-to-back occasions, whereas dropping strokes along with his iron play in three of his final six tournaments. Since each gamers are unstable putters, that’s the place the chance lies. Nevertheless, this can be a fade of Thomas. Shedding 4 strokes ball hanging at Sentry Event of Champions on part of his game that’s presupposed to be his energy spells hassle.

Tom Kim -110 vs. Viktor Hovland

I like Kim this week as a possible outright winner.

Within the final 36 rounds, Kim has been a superb and extra constant ball striker — fifth within the area behind big-name gamers like Rory McIlroy and Morikawa. Plus, Kim is seventh within the area for strokes gained complete, which led to a T6 within the American Specific. I’m banking on the all-around full participant displaying up. Kim not solely has been a cast-iron participant, however in comparison with Hovland, he’s additionally the higher short-game participant, each across the inexperienced and placing. Like every golfer, Kim can wrestle with the flat stick, dropping six strokes in two of his final eight occasions, however he’s proven a propensity to bounce again. The one caveat, Kim has not performed TPC Scottsdale. Nevertheless, the stability in his game bodes effectively for the format.

Rory McIlroy +105 vs. Jon Rahm

Probably the most anticipated matchup in golf this week. I’ll gladly wager on a plus-money choice for the participant I feel will win this event. McIlroy has been crushing the Euro tour to shut the 2022 12 months, together with profitable the Dubai Desert Traditional final month. McIlroy has gained strokes in each single class in 5 straight occasions. Although competing in softer fields, his knowledge factors are lush with inexperienced stats. You possibly can argue that Rahm has been equally spectacular, profitable the American Specific and ending T7 within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, however that is the 12 months of Rory.

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