2019 THE PLAYERS Championship Betting Preview, PGA Golf Odds and Expert Picks
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
by Aengus Moorehead

Real Season Under Way as PGA Tour Continues Florida Swing with THE PLAYERS Championship

2019 THE PLAYERS Championship Betting Preview, PGA Golf Odds and Expert Picks

The golf world and its fans won’t have to wait another month of tournaments with slimming fields and waiting for the elite to converge in one singular event as the PGA Tour has finally realize the craving for the game by its devotees firmly begins when spring rolls in and the butterflies in the golfer’s belly starts start churning. Golf’s unofficial fifth major returns to March when exactly 50 of the world’s top 50 players are scheduled to tread the famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida in the 46th edition of the Players Championship set to begin Thursday morning.

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For the first time since 2006, the event will be played in March, as the last 12 editions of this championship have taken place in May. The shift will result in a different golf course with the Bermuda fairways and greens having been over seeded with rye grass, and that, combined with chiller early-spring weather should see this famed venue play softer and longer than we've grown accustomed to in years passed. The Players is iconic in its own right, largely thanks to the fact that, like the Masters, it has a permanent home and boast one of the most legendary holes in all of golf with the island-green 17th hole which plays a key role building for excitement.

The rest of the course is arduous off the tee and demands good ball striking all around, although it historically has not favored a longer or shorter hitter by definition. That's validated by the list of prior winners namely guys who absolutely crush it off the tee from Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson to shorter hitters who rely on control in the likes of Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choy and defending champion Webb Simpson. That makes picking a winner this week particularly problematic.

Much of the appeal of the event from a betting perspective is in the fact that the very best players in the world just don't appear to be totally at ease at Sawgrass. Dustin Johnson, who enters as the co-favorite at +1200, according to Bovada Sportsbook, has had 10 showings without a top-10 while the other favorite Rory McIlroy has yet to notch a top-five in his 9 appearances at this event. Even Rickie Fowler +2000, who won the tournament back in 2015 and was runner-up in 2012, missed the cut in 5 of his 7 other starts. 

The Pick: Brooks Koepka 11/1 (+1100).

Propping up:

  1. Take Justin Thomas -125 over Justin Rose -105
  2. Take Matt Kuchar +1100 for Top-5
  3. Take Martin Kaymer +1100 for Top-10
  4. Take Hideki Matsuyama -110 over Adam Scott -120
  5. Take Tommy Fleetwood +600 for Top-5

Here are the Odds for the Top Field:

The Players Championship 2019
Dustin Johnson   +1200
Rory McIlroy   +1200
Justin Thomas   +1600
Tiger Woods   +1800
Justin Rose   +2000
Rickie Fowler   +2000
Brooks Koepka   +2200
Francesco Molinari   +2200
Bryson DeChambeau   +2500
Jon Rahm   +2500
Xander Schauffele   +2500
Tommy Fleetwood   +2800
Jason Day   +3300
Jordan Spieth   +3300
Sergio Garcia   +3300
Adam Scott   +4000
Hideki Matsuyama   +4000
Matt Kuchar   +4000
Patrick Cantlay   +4000
Henrik Stenson   +4500
Paul Casey   +4500
Ian Poulter   +5000
Marc Leishman   +5000
Tony Finau   +5000
Webb Simpson   +5000
Gary Woodland   +5500
Rafael Cabrera Bello   +5500
Lucas Glover   +6600
Patrick Reed   +6600
Phil Mickelson   +6600
Charles Howell III   +7000
Kevin Kisner   +7000
Matthew Fitzpatrick   +7000
Si Woo Kim   +7000
Bubba Watson   +7500
Cameron Smith   +7500
Billy Horschel   +8000
Keegan Bradley   +8000
Louis Oosthuizen   +8000
Keith Mitchell   +9000
Matt Wallace   +9000
Brandt Snedeker   +10000
Byeong-Hun An   +10000
Jason Kokrak   +10000
Luke List   +10000
Sung-Jae Im   +10000
Tyrrell Hatton   +10000
Zach Johnson   +10000

 

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