The Players Championship Golf Tips & Betting Preview 2016

The Players Championship Golf Tips & Betting Preview 2016

by 9th May 2016

Golf tips for the The Players Championship from May 12th – 15th. Read our betting preview on this tournament as well as our golfing tips & their betting odds.

Venue & Prize Money

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL • Purse: $10,500,000

Ever since its start in 1974, The Players Championship has been one of the most coveted titles on the PGA Tour for the players. Originally known as the “Tournament Players Championship”, this tournament offers the highest prize fund for any in Golf. The prize money on offer for this year is US $ 10.5 million of which the winner will pocket $ 1.9 million along with 600 FedExCup points. This tournament has often occupied its place of pride amongst the players’ minds who consider this as the unofficial “fifth major” due to its prestige.

The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass (TPC) in Florida hosts the tournament and is regarded as the home of ‘the most famous hole’ in golf. The famous 17th hole at TPC has witnessed many memorable shots over the years, staying true to its reputation.

The placement of the hole on an island green makes it one of the most intimidating holes on any golf course. Ask Sergio Garcia, who once started the shot as the co-leader but lost two balls in the water and finished four shots behind the eventual winner. No wonder then that the course measuring 7, 215 yards and boasting a par-score of 72 tests the mettle of every player.

The intrigue of the tournament lies in the numbers which speaks a lot about the challenge that awaits the participants. There has never been a back-to-back Players Championship winner so far. David Love III and Sergio Garcia have an excellent record at the tournament with seven and six top-10 finishes respectively.

The Players Championship has always witnessed one of the deepest line-ups and this year is no exception. FedExCup leader Adam Scott will join World number one Jason Day, number two Jordan Spieth and defending champion Rickie Fowler in what would be arguably the toughest starting line-up of the year. The roster features 46 of the top 50 players in the world rankings with Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel being the most notable absentees.

Last year action saw Fowler steal the lime light on the final day winning the title after prevailing in a three-man play-off, only after erasing the five-shot deficit. The world number five comes into the tournament on the back of a wonderful season but will face a tough follow-up to repeat last year’s heroics. Spieth would look to bury the ghosts of the Masters where he spectacularly failed after a comfortable lead. This would be his first start since that fateful Sunday. New Masters champion Danny Willett will be making his first start since winning the Green Jacket.

With the deadline to register for the tournament passed, it is certain that two-time Champion Tiger Woods will not be making his anticipated return in this flagship event. Nevertheless, the field is so strong that it would be a gamble to predict a winner. Last year saw a total of 45 balls making their way to water surrounding number 17. Will this year prove to be a difference?

Golf Tips For The Players Championship

Last week saw us get a place courtesy of Phil Mickelson, it could of been so much better as he finished two behind eventual winner James Hahn. If only Phil could replay the 18th hole from round three where he took an eight. A rare breakdown in his short game I am sure you have all seen it on You Tube by now. Anyway we cannot dwell on what might of been we have to look at possible winners for The Players and we start with a gut who finished T4 with Phil, Rory Mcilroy. What a go he gave it last week at The Wells Fargo closing with a fine 66 which included bogeys at the first and the last, just missing out on becoming a three time winner of this tournament. We put up Mcilroy to win The Players Championship and is value at 15/2 with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth in the field.

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Rory Mcilroy to win The Players Championship 9/1 – 2pts each way

Who can forget Rickie Fowler and his fantastic finish last year to win The Players Championship. A birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie finish to get him in a play-off with Garcia and Kisner with Fowler eventually winning on the first sudden death hole after a three hole play-off. He is in fantastic form at present and was a big favourite going into the last day at The Wells Fargo only for him to have a case of the lefts going off the tee which derailed him. He finished well to end up -7 and T4 with Mcilroy and Mickleson. He is bound to give the defence a cracking go and we give him the green light to come out on top.

 

Looking for an outsider to do well is proving challenging as with most of the world’s top 50 on parade there is quality aplenty. But we do like to give some value. Chesson Hadley finished T24 last year here at Sawgrass and with his top ten finish at The Wells fargo is certainly a player to keep on side. Obviously a player in form, if he can keep his silly mistakes down to a minimum could go well at a decent price. So Hadley is our third tip to win The Players Championship.

So a quick recap with our 3 tips to follow this week at The Players Championship.
Rory Mcilroy 15/2 – 2pts each way
Rickie Fowler 20/1 – 2pts each way
Chesson Hadley 250/1 – 1pt each way

Betting Odds For The Players Championship

Rory Mcilroy 15/2
Jordan Spieth 9/1
Jason Day 12/1
Rickie Fowler 20/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Dustin Johnson 28/1
Sergio Garcia 28/1
Adam Scott 28/1
Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
Henrik Stenson 33/1
Bubba Watson 35/1
Phil Mickelson 35/1
Danny Willett 40/1
Patrick Reed 40/1
Zach Johnson 45/1
Henrik Stenson 14/1
50/1 Bar – All prices are subject to change – Each Way 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5,6

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