Golf Betting Blog: THE PLAYERS Championship
THE PLAYERS Championship with a capital T. Out-of-form Jason Day defends the 5th best tournament of the year. Betting tips, preview and more…
Where Are We?
TPC Sawgrass is a highlight for golfers visiting Ponte Vedre Beach, although if you have been fortunate enough to have played it, you’ll find there are water hazards. On. Every. Hole.
Incidentally, if you fancy a flutter on more than 38 balls in the water on the 17th, then pop here . There were just 36 in the drink last year (three of them by Russell Knox).
Sawgrass isn’t the longest of golf courses, just 7,189 yards (par 72), but all that water means super-accuracy is a must; get out of position (on any hole) and double-bogey can strike like lightening – also a familiar feature around these parts.
Dustin Johnson, in the hottest form of his life, continues being the man to beat as well as being the incumbent OWGR No. 1.
Also in the field: Rory McIlroy (#2), Jason Day (#3), Hideki Matsuyama (#4), Jordan Spieth (#5) and everyone else in the Top 20 too. Even Bernhard Langer is making an appearance!
What’s In The Winner’s Bag?
It isn’t just great driving that’ll get it done here, while players like Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson have all won, players with a pretty cute short game will also do well. Remember Craig Perks in 2002?
Horses For Courses
It’s fair to say that Sawgrass plays to the talents of Sergio Garcia whose record (see pick below) is excellent. It also seems to favour Jordan Spieth too, whose short career has, surprisingly, not yet included a win here. Also feeling the vibe – at least every other year – is Rickie Fowler (T2-MC-T77-1-MC). Rory always finishes well here, but it’s the start that matters, after all, he is becoming the Back-Door Top 10 guy!
Betting Picks & Tips – THE PLAYERS Championship 2017
Sergio Garcia – If you watch The Players every year (like I do) you’ll no doubt have noticed that at some point over the weekend one name gets onto the leader board year-after-year. That person is Sergio, whose recent results since 2006 (T14-2-1-T22-T47-T12-T56-T8-3-T2-T54) make for an average yearly salary I’d happily knock off the mother-in-law for! Obviously his Masters win will have all but fried crisp that huge chip on his shoulder. If that was all that was missing from making him a complete golfer, then he ought be able to enter this week as relaxed and as confident as anyone; surely an ominous sign for the rest of the field.
Rickie Fowler – I like Rickie. Not just because of his 2.4 million followers on Instagram, but for the fact that despite being a playboy golfer, he really loves his golf. Most noticeably when responding with a win here after being voted an underachiever a few years ago by anonymous pollsters at Sports Illustrated. Becoming a seasoned winner now, here’s another player that could do with another just before the US Open starts next month.
Justin Thomas – Finished T3 here last year. However, this year he comes into the event, not only off the radar slightly, but also having the breakout season of his career. Already pocketing three wins and sitting second in the FedExCup Points he is looking a rather tasty 28/1. While he may have missed three cuts since his double win in January, he has posted a pair of Top 5s and a T22 in The Masters. He finished T24 in his rookie season in 2015.
Rory McIlroy – It is quite possible that Rory will have his game on this week. Well-rested since the Masters and newly married, he’ll arrive at a course where he has mixed results. He’s featured on the leaderboard in the last four editions (T8-T6-T8-T12) although never threatening the actual lead at any point. Perhaps this is finally the year he bags the 5th major? If, of course, he can start holing out from 15 feet and in!
Dustin Johnson (13/2) I said he looked too short last week, and but for Brian Harmon’s late pair of birdies, he’d have won for a fourth straight time, so perhaps not too short! Jason Day (20/1), defending champ, looks out of form – or at least looking to find a spark – so he misses out too. The only other player I would have liked to put in was Jordan Spieth (14/1), so if you have a spare fiver – stick it on Spieth!
Recommended Staking Plan
Rory McIlroy 12/1 (Coral) [2.5 points WIN]
Sergio Garcia 18/1 SkyBet) [2.5 points WIN]
Rickie Fowler 20/1 (888sport) [2.5 points WIN]
Justin Thomas 28/1 (888sport) [2.5 points WIN]
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