The Players Championship takes place at Sawgrass from the 14th March and we take a look at the latest stop of the PGA Tour from a betting angle.
The Players Championship is known to some as the 5th Major, but whether you buy into that or not it is always a quality field who takes to the first tee and is also a sign that the Majors are just around the corner.
The course itself is a testing par 72 layout that has plenty of challengers and which some players never come to terms with. Strong iron players usually feature here and both long and short hitters have won in the past. Wild shots will be punished and the wind can also be a factor. Despite the fact that so many different types of players can win here, the cream tends to rise to the top and more often than not a top player bags the title.
Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcilroy dispute favouritism at 14/1 with Justin Thomas priced at 18/1 and you can get 22/1 better about this quality field.
2018 – Webb Simpson -18
2017 – Kim Si-woo -10
2016 – Jason Day -15
2015 – Rickie Fowler -12 *
2014 – Martin Kaymer -13
Dustin Johnson 14/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Justin Thomas 18/1
Rickie Fowler 22/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Brooks Koepka 22/1
Francesco Molinari 25/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of writing but subject to change
Francesco Molinari each way at 25/1
Molinari stormed through the field to win last week and he has proven over the last 12 months that he is a top class player capable of winning big events. He missed the cut here last year, but prior to that had 3 successive Top 10 finishes so has shown a liking for this course before.
Rafa Cabrera Bello each way at 60/1
Rafa was a Top 5 here two years ago and finished in the Top 20 last year. He is also in some really solid form and followed 3 successive Top 25’s with a Top 3 finish last week.
Brendan Steele each way at 225/1
Steele broke a run of missed cuts with a Top 20 last week and although his course form hasn’t been that impressive with multiple missed cuts, he did pop up for a 6th place finish two years ago and at 225/1 we won’t do much damage.
Billy Horschel each way at 80/1
Horschel’s best finish here was a Top 15 four years ago, but he has made 4 of his last 5 cuts at Sawgrass. His recent form has been solid if not spectacular with a Top 10 and a Top 20 in his last 5 starts.
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