Arizona sports betting is officially live, giving sports bettors plenty of opportunities to bet on the most popular PGA tournaments.
The state of Arizona offers retail sportsbooks and the availability to use mobile apps to place wagers on the four PGA championships (the PGA Championship, the Master’s Tournament, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship) and a number of popular tournaments like Arizona’s very own Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Due to the state hosting one of the biggest PGA tournaments of the year, betting on the PGA is expected to be successful in Arizona. Adding to that expectation is the DraftKings retail sportsbook that is expected to open in the fall of 2023 at TPC Scottsdale.
3 Best Sportsbooks For PGA Betting In Arizona
Even though PGA betting isn’t as popular as some other sports such as football, there are some Arizona sportsbooks that offer the best odds on the sport, including the four PGA Championships.
DraftKings signed a deal with the PGA and TPC Scottsdale to offer sports betting in Arizona. They also come out with odds for all PGA Championships, including the Open Championship, which takes place in July.
FanDuel is offering a retail sportsbook at the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix as well as access to its app. They offer some of the best odds out there on the PGA Championship, which takes place in June.
BetMGM launched thanks to a partnership with the Gila River Hotels & Casinos and the Arizona Cardinals. The sportsbook offers futures odds on the Master’s Tournament, which is held every April in Georgia.
Upcoming PGA Events
Charles Schwab Challenge – May 26-29
The 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge features an $8.4 million purse and is being held at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. As we head into the second day of the tournament, here are the top five betting favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook:
- Scottie Scheffler +450
- Jordan Spieth +1000
- Webb Simpson +1000
- Harold Varner III +1400
- Patrick Reed +1400
The Memorial Tournament – June 2-5
RBC Canadian Open – June 9-12
U.S. Open – June 16-19
If you don’t want to wait for the U.S. Open to actually be here, most major Arizona sportsbooks have futures odds available for the winner of the third PGA Championship of the year.
Where Can You Bet On The PGA In Arizona?
Online Sportsbooks Taking Bets On The PGA
All 18 of the legal Arizona sportsbooks accept wagers on the PGA in some capacity. As with other sports, the variety and depth of wagers offered by each sportsbook will vary.
The following sportsbooks are live and available for Arizona sports bettors:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- WynnBET Sportsbook
- Barstool Sportsbook
- Fubo Sportsbook
- Sahara Bets
- Desert Diamond Sports
- Golden Nugget
- Bally Bet
- SuperBook Sports
- Hard Rock
- TwinSpires >> TwinSpires will be phasing out their online sportsbook business over the coming months.
Arizona Retail Sportsbooks For Golf Betting
The partnerships between local sports franchises and casinos with sportsbooks also include the potential for retail sportsbooks.
TPC Scottsdale is planning on opening a DraftKings sportsbook on the 19th hole of the course in Scottsdale. Complete with food, drinks, and televisions, the sportsbook will be open daily. The expected opening date is in Fall 2023.
FanDuel opened a sportsbook inside the Footprint Center. This gives bettors the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks while watching the game and placing bets. The sportsbook is also open daily.
Right next to the Phoenix Suns Arena, the Phoenix Mercury and Bally Bet plan to open a sportsbook in downtown Phoenix.
Caesars’ deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks includes opening a sportsbook bar right next to Chase Field, where they will offer a place for sports lovers to eat, drink, watch sports, and wager on games. This should open in 2022, but betting windows are now available.
Unibet also just announced a partnership with the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, which operates the Paradise Casino in Yuma. They recently set up betting kiosks while a full-scale sportsbook is being designed for the casino.
Popular PGA Tournament Bets
The PGA hosts several tournaments and championships throughout the year, but some are more popular than others.
The PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is one of four major PGA championships. The 2021 PGA Championship was held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the winner was Phil Mickelson, making history as the oldest player to win the championship. Since Mickelson went to Arizona State University, he is known as a golf legend in Arizona.
Mickelson winning the championship was a surprise for everyone, including sports bettors. Before the tournament, FanDuel had Rory McIlroy as the favorite to win and Mickelson at +28000 to win it. After the third round, Mickelson was at +300 to win.
Waste Management Phoenix Open
The Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place every February at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Known as drawing the biggest and loudest crowd, it is one of the more fun and laidback tournaments, bringing in celebrities from all over. And the winner still receives a nice payout at $1.2 million. Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to win the tournament.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am takes place just one week before the Waste Management Phoenix open, at the end of January and beginning of February. The tournament is held at the stunning Pebble Beach golf course in California. The course is so popular, it has hosted a total of six U.S. Opens. The latest player to bring home the $1.3 million payout and the trophy was 2021 winner, Daniel Berger.
The Players Championship
Every March, the Players Championship takes place at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The course is known as one of the most difficult courses and the tournament is for only the top golfers. The payout is $2.25 million and the 2021 winner was Justin Thomas.
The Open Championship
As one of the oldest tournaments, the Open Championship is another of the four major PGA championships. It is held at various locations throughout the U.K. every July.
Jordan Spieth was the last American to win the Open Championship back in 2017. He was at +1800 to win this year.
Jon Rahm +850
Rory McIlroy +1100
Dustin Johnson +1200
Phil Mickelson +6000
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”, this tournament is sure to be popular among Arizona bettors. Not only is the event held in Arizona, there are now strong sports betting ties as DraftKings has partnered with the PGA Tour and will be building a retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale and is expected to be ready by 2023. The 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open will begin February 7th and run through February 13th.
What Kinds Of Bets Can Be Placed On PGA
The most popular bet on golf is simply betting on who you think will win. Other popular bets include place bets, matchup bets, daily bets, live bets, futures bets, and prop bets.
This bet is when you bet on a specific player to not necessarily win the tournament but to finish in either the top five, ten, or even 20.
If you want to be on a player to beat another player, this is a matchup bet. It doesn’t matter which place these players finish.
Since golf tournaments take place over several days, sports bettors can make daily bets. This is when you bet on which player will have the day’s lowest score.
Live bets are popular in golf because the tournament consists of multiple rounds. This means you can place a bet while the tournament is currently going on. Live bets are usually placed at the end of the rounds.
What Is A PGA Futures Bet
A futures bet is when you bet on a tournament that takes place in the future. These bets allow bettors to make their picks months in advance.
For example, maybe a player is +3000 to win the U.S. Open in June. If you think that player is going to go on a hot streak, you can place a bet on him. Even if the player’s odds change to +1000 right before the tournament, you still placed the bet on the player at +3000.
Futures bets can be made on all PGA tournaments and championships and are available as soon as the sportsbooks release their odds.
How To Place Prop Bets On The PGA
Since golf consists of so many different players, there are several different types of prop bets in golf.
Some popular prop bets include:
- If there will be a hole-in-one
- Will the winner come from the last group
- Which player will make the first par
- Location of where tee shots will land
- The winner’s nationality
- The number of players who will finish under par
Each tournament’s set of prop bets can differ, so always check before the tournament, since live bets on prop bets are not allowed.
How The PGA Betting Odds Are Calculated
Just like other major sports such as football and basketball, PGA odds are calculated the same way. Using American odds, sportsbooks use plus (+) and minus (-) for the PGA.
This means that the plus is the amount you will win after betting $100. The minus is how much you need to bet to win $100.
Daniel Berger +150
Phil Mickelson +250
So, if you bet $100 on Daniel Berger and he wins, you will win $150. If you decide to bet $100 on Phil Mickelson and he wins, you win $250. Note that most golf odds are plus numbers.
Since golf isn’t a team sport, the player’s recent performance history is the main impact on sportsbook odds. The goal is to attract bettors to take a chance, so golf odds are a little more unique compared to other sports.
How To Bet On PGA In Arizona
Betting on the PGA can be done easily on your mobile phone. Start by browsing all legal and licensed sportsbooks in Arizona, such as DraftKings. You may want to look into a couple of different sportsbooks to know your options.
- Once you choose the sportsbook you want, such as DraftKings, download the app through the Google Play Store or the App Store.
- Then, register with DraftKings by providing basic information and verifying your age and location.
- Next, deposit funds using a debit card, credit card, or e-wallet like PayPal.
- Take a look at any bonus offers available.
- Start making bets on the PGA!
PGA Betting FAQs
Since Arizona is home to one of the biggest PGA tournaments of the year, the PGA is pretty popular in Arizona. There are also several award-winning golf courses in the state, making it a prime location for golf.
Yes. Those in Arizona are allowed to make bets on the PGA.
Yes. All legal sportsbooks in the state of Arizona allows PGA betting.
Yes. The PGA and TPC Scottsdale partnered with DraftKings to offer sports betting through the DraftKings app and at a retail sportsbook that is expected to open in 2023.
Arizona residents can bet on the PGA at all legal retail sportsbooks such as FanDuel at the Footprint Center. Mobile sportsbook apps also offer bets on the PGA.
A DraftKings retail sportsbook will open at TPC Scottsdale in 2023.
At any legal retail sportsbook or through a legal sportsbook app. The most popular sportsbook for the PGA Championship will most likely be DraftKings due to its partnership with the PGA and TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.