How To Bet The Players Championship - Outright Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:19 AM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 11:19 AM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the outright market in this week's Players Championship

<h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Date</strong>: 14/03/2019</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Time:</strong> 12:30</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Venue: Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida</strong><strong>Par 72, 7189 yards</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Channel:</strong> Sky Sports</h2><p> </p><h2><strong>Preview </strong></h2><p>The Players Championship has long been known as the “Unofficial fifth major” on the golfing calendar. This year is the 46<sup>th</sup> running and the Sawgrass stadium course has become synonymous with the event and the par 3 17<sup>th</sup> becoming one of golfs iconic holes.</p><p>The field of 144 attracts the world’s very best year in year out and this year’s event carries the biggest prize money purse in golf with $12,500,000 paid to the competitors who make the cut.</p><p>The golf course has stood the test of time asking serious questions of the players accuracy, their approach play when finding the correct area of the green to putt from is paramount for success. No player has ever overpowered the course in fact at Tiger Woods peak he only won once and barely contended. He has won it again in recent years with a more measured approach.</p><p>A rich history of great champions and the occasional upset, Craig Perks winning in 2002 (1000/1) and Si Woo Kim in 2017 (500/1) the two biggest of several.</p><p>This is one my favourite golf weeks of the year with the beauty being all the top players will enter but some will never be suited by the course. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have both won at Sawgrass despite never truly being comfortable and the current world no.1 Dustin Johnson finds himself in the same boat although the last two season’s top 20 placings are an encouragement his game is maturing to the unique demands.</p><p>This week gives a great chance for a lesser known but accurate professional to make their name like Fred Funk, Stephen Ames and Tim Clark have previous. Plenty of course specialists’ have contended regularly over the years, Scott Hoch, Jerry Kelly, Frank Lickliter and Jeff Maggert have all been placed multiple times at huge prices to name a few.</p><p><strong>Verdict</strong></p><p>The British Open Champion Francesco Molinari is the player I have thought for a few years would win the Players Championship having been a top 10 finisher four times in the last seven seasons. After last year’s exploits which included winning the European Tour’s flagship PGA Championship as well as lifting the “Claret Jug”, he is the sort of player you could imagine would not get caught out down Sawgrass infamous final holes when the pressure is at it's peak and accuracy at a premium. I was a little concerned when he signed a new equipment deal the week before but showed no adverse effects winning at Bay Hill with a brilliant final round 64.</p><p>Harold Varner has slipped under the radar on the PGA tour as he carves out his career with a no fuss style. Yet to win on the PGA tour he has though won on the world stage winning back to back Australian PGA Championship’s in 2015 and 2016. Last year he was an impressive seventh in his third promising start at the stadium course and looks a typical Sawgrass specialist for future year's.</p><p>Sergio Garcia is the ultimate course specialist having adjusted from a nightmare debut two decades ago. Once a winner here and multiple top ten finisher his natural accuracy and length are the perfect recipe for the Spaniard to always be a factor here. Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook have a market without the favourites that gives us a nice bet with the Spaniard’s consistency here.</p><p>Last year’s double major champion Brooks Koepka is potentially an interesting selection here after finishing the 2018 event with a 63 when he was coming back from injury. He went from strength to strength after retaining his US Open crown followed by the US PGA Championship. His two previous years at Sawgrass showed a potential to be comfortable with the unique demands and he warrants respect.</p><p>Jim Furyk the former US Open champion has been playing the Players Championship since 1995 and during that time he has finished in the top 5 on four occasions. Age is no barrier at the Players Championship as Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert have proved in recent years. The ability to plot your way around the golf course is a quality Jim Furyk has and after three eye-catching events this current season I expect him to be as reliable as anyone this week.</p><p>The 2009 Players Champion and 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson has made a slow inauspicious start to the current season but last week at Bay Hill he showed promise after a poor opening round and has a similar profile to Davis Love who won this event for a second time in his forties<font color="#337ab7">.</font></p><p>Kevin Na is often a slow starter to a season but at the Genesis and WGC Mexico he made solid start to the current campaign. The thirty-five years old South Korean player has showed a liking for the unique challenge Sawgrass is all about with three top 10 finishes in recent years.</p><p>My leftfield selection this week will be Talor Gooch after he withdrew last week with an injured thumb when we tipped him. A trend in recent years is for an in-form debutant to shine like Kisner, Speith and Schauffle have proved. His accuracy tee to green looks tailor made if you can pardon the pun.</p><p>My final selection loves TPC courses (PGA tour owned course) Chesson Hadley who has re-established himself back on the PGA tour after dropping back to the Web tour two years ago. Now with his confidence restored and steady improvement this season he is ready to contend again at a quirky venue he has previously shown a liking for.</p><p> </p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Recommended Bets</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Francesco Molinari – each way @25/1 (26.00) <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Unibet </a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Henrik Stenson – each way @66/1 (67.00) <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds ">Unibet</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sergio Garcia – w/o Fowler, Johnson, Koepka, Mcllroy, Molinari, Rose, Schauffle and Thomas – each way @22/1 (23.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds">Paddy Power</a> or <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds ">Betfair</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Jim Furyk – Top American – each way @80/1 (80.00) <a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds ">Boylesports</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Talor Gooch – each way @250/1 (250.00) <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds ">Unibet</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Chesson Hadley – each way @175/1 (176.00) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds ">Paddy Power</a></strong></p>
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