A Look at the Odds for the Favorite’s at the PGA Players Championship
The PGA Players Championship will soon be getting underway, with this tournament representing one of the biggest moments on the golfing calendar. Some people even regard The Players as “the 5th major”. Whether you hold this event in such high regard or not, every player in attendance will be hoping to walk away with the top prize.
The Players is a prestigious tournament and all of the sport’s biggest names will be in attendance, giving this event one of the deepest fields of the season so far. This helps to make The Players a great event for golf fans who like to spice up their sports-watching through bets and fantasy games. In this article, we’ll look at some of the highest-rated players heading into the tournament to help you find the favorites and some possible sleepers.
Rated at 17/1, Rickie Fowler won this event last year after a tight playoff round featuring Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. He’s had a good 2016 season so far, but he isn’t going into this event as the favorite. Last year, he didn’t really dominate the course and only really caught fire on the last few holes to make his way into the playoff. What we’re saying is that frankly, we don’t expect Fowler to be able to defend his title. He had a good run in 2015 and has been playing some decent golf in 2016, but he’ll need a lot of luck to hold onto this trophy.
Jason Day is priced at 10/1, which isn’t quite enough to earn him the tag of favorite, but he’s certainly one of the top picks heading into this year’s edition of The Players, and with good reason. Day is currently the world number one and has been playing the best golf of his life over the last year. However, we need to stress that he has never had much luck on the Sawgrass course. He’s never had a top 10 finish and has even failed to make the cut a couple of times. That could all change, of course, but we’ll have to wait to find out.
One of the biggest stars in the golfing world right now, the young Texan Jordan Spieth is priced at 19/2. He’s only played on Sawgrass twice; one time he got a T4 and another time he missed the cut. Inconsistent is clearly the word of choice when describing Spieth’s past at this event, but he remains one of the sport’s finest and most consistent performers. Spieth did famously suffer a historic collapse at the 2016 Masters, almost handing the title to Danny Willett, but he’s still a great player and could bounce back at this event.
At 15/2, Rory McIlroy is the current favorite for this event. His latest performance at Quail Hollow was nothing short of dominant, even if he did only end up with a T4 finish. Many fans are saying the Northern Irishman is getting back to his best, and if that’s the case then the other pros on tour have a big reason to be scared. McIlroy always does well at The Players and will hope to continue that tradition in 2016. It wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see him claim the title, and that’s why his odds are so low.
Bubba Watson is priced at 35/1, mostly due to his history at this event. He has made the cut several times, but he’s never really managed to finish in the top places. At 37 years of age, Bubba is one of golf’s veterans and has plenty of experience to call upon, but he may struggle again at Sawgrass this year. At the same time, he has already won one event in 2016, so nobody should count him out just yet.
In a similar fashion to Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson has had a lot of history at this event, without ever really threatening to finish with a victory. His record at the course is relatively inconsistent, and it’s hard to see him pulling off a win here. Still, he could spring a surprise and is priced at 25/1 for anyone interested.
The Englishman is priced at 24/1 and has a habit of turning up when you least expect him, but we can’t really see Rose doing much a Sawgrass. He’s failed to make the cut for the last three years running and has never seemed to enjoy his time during The Players.
Henrik Stenson is one of the few players in attendance who actually has a Players win to his name. He won the tournament back in 2009, but struggled to replicate his performance in the years that followed. Lately though, things have been picking back up for the Swede. He’s had some good finishes in the last couple of years but always struggles to close out rounds and seal the win. He’ll probably do well and could be tempting at 30/1, but we can’t see him winning.
Scott is another past winner of The Players, having earned his own trophy way back in 2004. Since then, the Australian veteran has failed to finish anywhere near first place and we think he’ll probably struggle again this year too. He had a very good start to 2016 but has failed to impress in more recent weeks. Scott is priced at 26/1.
Lefty also won The Players and that was in 2007. He’s had a good year so far and played well in his latest outing at Quail Hollow, up until his late round collapse that saw him miss out on another victory. Still, when it comes to Sawgrass, Mickelson has failed to make the cut for the last few years in a row. That does make him a risky bet, but he’s still got the talent and experience to turn things around.
At 26/1, Garcia could be a very interesting bet. He’s got one of the very best records at this event, having won in 2008 and nearly repeating that feat last year, when he narrowly lost in the playoff round. Garcia is one of those players who has never won a major but always puts in good performances at other tour events. This could certainly be his time to shine once again.