The Players Championship Betting Preview and Expert Tips

May 11th – 14th, 2017
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,189
Purse: $10.5 million with $1,890,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day
2017 Players Championship Expert Betting Guide
Betting Tips for the 2017 Players Championship 

Doc's Top Five 2017 Players Championship Betting Tips

Rickie Fowler 20/1

Rickie will be hoping Rors misses this week!

Came into the Masters a hot contender but slumped to a 76 on Sunday to finish T11.  Also MC'd here last year. Let neither put you off though. Since winning the Honda Rickie has been solid in Mexico (T16) at The Arnie (12th) and in Houston T3.  As well as winning in 2015 he was T2 in 2012; this course requires a template and Fowler has it down. I expect a place and each way return.

Sergio Garcia 20/1

It would be just ridiculous to leave Sergio off your betsheet for Sawgrass but the massive caveat here is "does he give a damn right now" after winning The Masters, touring the Green Jacket and even visiting Ireland for Rory's wedding.  With his head in the game you are looking at A) a player with a massive weight lifted off his shoulders now he's a Major winner B) a former winner here in 2008 with three more top-10's since  2013 and C) an expert ball striker on the most brutal ball striking Pete Dye design on the roster. You decide.

Hideki Matsuyama 20/1

Hideki may not been the all conquering model of consistency we have come to expect lately but he was a winner in Phoenix and worked his way around Augusta finishing strong with a 67 for T11.  He's the real thinker (sometimes to all our annoyance) around a course and Sawgrass suits the Matsuyama game.  T23, T17, T7 improving his finish each time he has played The Players and went -7 for just the par-4's last year which, given the test, is a real stand out stat for discerning punters.

Matt Kuchar  50/1

If Sawgrass favours experience then (even with changes this year) Matt Kuchar might be worth a look at 50/1.  Another strong T4 finish at the Masters was followed by a T11 at Hilton Head; both with low Sunday rounds. T40 in Texas last time out.  Winner here in 2012 and T3 last year.

Kevin Chappell 70/1

Who remembers Kevin Chappell at Sawgrass last year? He was a beast! Had to settle for solo second but with a T7 at The Masters and coming in off a win in Texas I'm finding odds of 70/1 just ridiculous.  I'll have a nibble each way at that!

Long Odds Glory/Didn’t Make My 5

Martin Kaymer is 70/1 this week and has never missed a cut in eight starts at Sawgrass. Winner in 2014; solid this season.
Fran Molinari is 70/1 and has three top-10 finishes at The Players since 2010. Contended last week in Wilmington before a poor final round.
Russell Knox is 150/1 having missed a bunch of cuts lately but rebounded to a T11 at Hilton Head and I think can do well on this course. T19 in 2016 would have been better if not for calamity jane's intervention on 17  on the Saturday when he took nine!

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