THE PLAYERS Championship 2010
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Tiger Woods 9/1
The odds are ever lengthening and Tiger Woods seems down but he’s never out. A missed cut last week will only embolden his resolve to win again early. The 2001 Champion top tenned last year but in truth struggled throughout. Much has been made of Tiger’s most recent comeback and poor form but I am still seeing the physically strongest player on tour and with flashbulbs finally fizzling out, TPC could be the stage for a victory. He doesn’t go “zero for three” often and he’s probably on the range in Sawgrass with driver in hand as we speak. I rarely tip up Tiger but these odds are ridiculous. Would you bet against him?
Phil Mickelson 10/1
Rather than talking about his own game, Masters champion Phil Mickelson paid a glowing tribute to Rory McIlroy both as a golfer and gentleman in his post round interview at Quail Hollow. Mickelson suffered from a stomach bug early in the week and admitted to still having “kinks” in his game but still contended finishing second. You get the sense that last week was only a tune up for Phil, assessing where his game was at, having not started since the Masters. He is spending today working with Butch Harmon in Jacksonville and I expect him to be on fire this week. Mickelson won at Sawgrass in 2007 and a showdown with Tiger at TPC is a real possibility.
Ian Poulter 30/1
A more measured Ian Poulter has emerged this season and he returns this week harbouring ambitions of victory. It’s Poults first outing since his tenth at the Masters after which he suffered a knee injury. A serial tweeter Poulter reported “its an old injury, flares up every now and then, especially when you play basketball, wont be doing that again for a while, be fit for TPC”. The WGC Accenture Champion will be hoping to pick up right where he left off this week as he makes the short journey to Sawgrass. Last year Poulter put in an excellent week at TPC finishing second. Beware the injured golfer.
Ben Crane 90/1
Another American who is somewhat of a TPC specialist is Ben Crane. Crane skipped last weeks Quail Hollow event to prepare for the “fifth major” where he opened with a 65 in 2009 and eventually tied for fifth. He also top tenned in 2008, finishing tied sixth behind Sergio Garcia in incredibly tough scoring conditions. Crane is one of the most consistent players on tour and a three time winner including this year Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. One to watch each way as most bookies will pay out for fifth this week.
Kevin Na 130/1
Kevin (Sangwook) Na is another Korean on form coming into this weeks TPC and represents real long odds value. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Na’s family emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old and he is now an American citizen. Known as an excellent tough course player Na top played well last week in Quail Hollow carding a final round 69 to tie for 14th. Na tied for third at last years Players Championship with a hot blade on the greens. Form plus course history equals value.
2009 Henrik Stenson
2008 Sergio García
2007 Phil Mickelson
2006 Stephen Ames
2005 Fred Funk
The Players Championship 2010 Betting Tips