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DraftKings Breaks Ground on Sportsbook in Scottsdale

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Elias Weiss
Michael Golding (left), tournament chair for the WM Phoenix Open, joined DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, and Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega on December 5 to break ground on a retail sportsbook in Scottsdale.
At TPC Scottsdale, swaths of lush green bermudagrass are dotted by shimmering turquoise water features and blue palo verde trees — all backdropped by mighty auburn mountains.

This plush golf course is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the best-attended of four-dozen stops on the PGA Tour. In February, more than 700,000 people will fill the coliseum that encircles the 16th hole. Until then, the pristine fairways tend to remain unruffled.

But on Monday, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan met there with top executives from the sports betting monolith DraftKings for a groundbreaking event that matched the high-energy golf championship environment that the WM Phoenix Open offers every year.

The PGA Tour and DraftKings — in conjunction with the Thunderbirds, which hosts the Phoenix Open — plunged shiny shovels into the desert soil to officially break ground on a DraftKings retail sportsbook location slated to open in October. The sportsbook won’t be the first brick-and-mortar operation in Arizona — there are 25 others, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming — but it will be the first retail sportsbook to open at a golf course anywhere in the U.S.

Get ready to bet moneyline on the back nine.

Read our full coverage of the groundbreaking.