The PGA Tour continues its swing through the state of Florida with THE PLAYERS Championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida. Dubbed the ‘fifth’ major, the tournament showcases many of the same characteristics of a major championship. Here are a few favorites for this event so you can get ready to make your bets against the PGA Tour Betting Odds.
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The TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course plays as a par-72 and stretches approximately 7,245 yards in length. Designed by Pete Dye, the course isn’t overly challenging unless wind comes into play which is forecasted this week. There are 88 bunkers and 17 water hazards throughout the property.
Justin Thomas returns to defend his title after picking up his 14th PGA Tour victory here last season. Thomas bested veteran Lee Westwood by one stroke, firing a four-day total of 14-under.
The tournament features the highest purse of any tournament, offering $20 million in prize funds. The winner takes home a hefty $3.6 million along with 600 FedEx Cup points.
Betting Favorites and Odds
Thomas and world no. 1 Jon Rahm are the pre-tournament betting favorites at +1000. This season, the defending champion is 6/6 on made cuts, with four top-10s, including a solo third. Thomas finished solo sixth the last time we saw him at the Genesis Invitational.
Rahm has been a pre-tournament favorite in every event he’s teed it up in lately, and rightly so. The 27-year old has dominated the stat sheet, leading the field in both Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and SG: Tee-to-Green.
Following closely behind the top two are another pair of elite players in Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa at +1600 each. Rory’s played in only three tournaments on Tour this season but has a couple of top-10s with a victory at THE CJ CUP. Morikawa, the no. 2 ranked player on the planet, has finished no worse than T7 in four starts this year.
Last week’s winner, Scottie Scheffler, and the consistent play of Patrick Cantlay can be grabbed at +2000. Scheffler won his first PGA Tour event at the WM Phoenix Open and picked up his second win two starts later. Last year’s FedEx Champion Cantlay took time off in the fall to rest, and it’s paid off with 5/5 cuts made and four top-10s heading into the week.
- Viktor Hovland +2200
- Hideki Matsuyama +2500
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Adam Scott +3000
- Daniel Berger +3000
- Cameron Smith +3000
- Outright Winner: Matt Fitzpatrick +4000
Fitzpatrick has a lot going for him heading into this week’s tournament. The 27-year old has finished T10 or better in his last three events and is coming off a T9 finish last week at the API.
Statistics also play into Fitzpatrick’s favor, ranking seventh in SG: Tee-to-Green, fourth in SG: Putting, and second in SG: Total. The Englishman enjoyed the tournament’s move to March, with his best finish posted last season at T9.
- Top-20 Finisher: Billy Horschel +200
A near win last week at the API, Horschel was de-railed by a double bogey on Sunday and had to settle for a T2. The Florida natives made all seven cuts this season, finishing no worse than T36.
- Top-40 Finisher: Doug Gihm +330
The 25-year old is a risky play, having missed the cut over his last three starts. Gihm has cashed in on eight of 12 events this season and did well in his debut at THE PLAYERS last year with a T29 finish.