2015 The Players Championship Betting Preview And Tips

The “fifth Major” as it is dubbed traditionally boasts the strongest field of any non-major and this 42nd staging looks like being a belter.  As always at TPC Sawgrass, the setup seems to favour experience.  Eight of the last 10 winners needed at least seven tries before lifting the trophy; Martin Kaymer needed six before winning last year.

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Thirteen under par has gotten the job done every year since 2011 on this 7,215 yard par 72 Pete Dye gem.  It perennially ranks in the top five toughest courses on the PGA Tour roster with driving accuracy and greens in regulation more important stats than putting.

Favourite

Rory McIlroy 7/1

The favourite pretty much every time he tees it up these days and after winning the WGC Matchplay last week looks to be coming into form right in the meat of the season.  Hasn’t had it all his own way in strokeplay events this year but a T9 at the WGC Caddy, T11 at Arnie and solo fourth at The Masters could hardly be described as poor. T6 in 2014, T8 in 2013.

Doc’s Top Five To Watch

Jordan Spieth 8/1

I hate tipping guys at less than 10/1 but Jordan is irresistible at the moment.  Since winning The Valspar, he’s been second in Texas, T2 in Houston and won The Masters.  Even that T11 at the RBC Heritage was hugely impressive given he had zero prep after a media tour of New York and started with a 74.  Doesn’t fit the “experienced” criteria having only debuted here in 2014 but that was a T4 and besides, he’s into bucking trends at the moment!

Jim Furyk 25/1

This will be Jim’s 20th Players Championship and my only worry for him this week is exhaustion after making it all the way to the consolation match at the WGC Matchplay.  Solo second here last year after an exhibition of greens in regulation play and coming in this year with his game in super shape after winning at Hilton Head.  With that monkey off his back and if he’s not too tired, Jim will do well this week.

Lee Westwood 35/1

Lee’s recent win at the Indonesian Masters may be of zero consequence to most but it will have been super for his confidence.  Had good showings at Doral (T12) and The Valspar (T17) but I think this week he can really contend.  Seems to have the game to manage this course with five top 10’s in 12 starts, two of those coming in his last two visits (T8 in 2013, T6 in 2014).  Watch this space.

Gary Woodland 80/1

Still out at 80/1 despite getting to the final of the WGC Matchplay because the bookies are looking at his recent missed cuts.  I’m looking on the positives however; Gary was decent at the Arnold Palmer and Valero Texas Open and was T11 at Sawgrass in 2014.  He was also 4 under total for the par-3’s last year, by far the best in the field.  An each way wager or even “to finish in the top ten” at about 8/1 could be a super bet.

Jimmy Walker 35/1

Jimmy gets the fifth pick (narrowly over Justin Rose at 20/1) because he’s good value at 35/1.  Unlucky to be injured in the warmup at The Masters but still a recent winner in Texas.  The only player in the top-10 at last year’s Players to finsh top-10 in both the Greens in Regulation and Putting stats.

Long Odds Glory Shots

Ryan Palmer 90/1

Did really well in 2013 with a T5 finish and brings decent form into this year’s staging with a T12 at Doral, T6 in Texas and T33 at Augusta.

Morgan Hoffman 100/1


I thought Morgan drove the ball and putted well and deserved a higher finish than T17 last year and at 100/1 is a decent long odds shout after recent top 10’s at Bay Hill and Hilton Head.






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