The 2019 Players Championship is not a major, but that doesn’t mean that the field isn’t stacked — all 50 of the top 50 players in the world will tee off on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass. The Players Championship has returned to March for the first time since 2006, as the tournament had moved to May. This means the fairways have rye grass overseeded on the Bermuda greens and fairways, which should make the course play longer and softer than what we’ve seen the last few years. Webb Simpson is the defending champion, winning by four shots and showing that he was back as a pro golf. Tiger Woods made a terrific run early in the tournament, still in the early moments of his 2018 comeback. A lot of prognosticators have Tiger winning this tournament outright, and we have your golf betting odds for the contenders as well as some thoughts about golfers you should add to your wager cards.
The 2019 Players Championship Odds, Preview & Picks
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Contender Odds to Win the 2019 Player Champions
- Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy +1200
- Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods +1400
- Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler +2000
- Tommy Fleetwood +2200
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm +2800
- Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Sergio Garcia +3300
- Adam Scott, Beau Hossler, Byeong-Hun An, Hideki Matsuyama +4000
- Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey +4500
- Gary Woodland, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Marc Leishman,
- Tony Finau, Webb Simpson +5000
- Rafael Cabrera Bello +5500
- Louis Oosthuizen, Lucas Glover, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson,
- Tyrrell Hatton +6600
- Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim +7500
- Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Cameron Smith, Charles Howell III,
- Keith Mitchell, Matthew Fitzpatrick +8000
- Keegan Bradley +9000
- Charl Schwarzel, Jason Kokrak, Matt Wallace, Zach Johnson +10000
The tournament this week takes place on TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course, featuring plenty of water hazards and deep bunkers. The greens are small, and the par-4 holes require some serious shotmaking. This features one of the most famous holes in the world, which is #17 — an “island green” connected by just a narrow piece of land. You can just get there with a short iron, but the wind can play havoc, especially in March, as it will come in from the left. This hole is part of a very well-known three-hole stretch to finish the course. The 16th hole is a par-5 with water along the right side of the green, and the 18th is a dogleg left with water up and down the left side. The 18th hole also plays into the wind, adding to the difficulty.
He is way down the odds list because of some back issues that he has been facing. However, after hitting some balls on Monday, he said his back is feeling a lot better, and when he is healthy, he is a pick to crack the top five. He has been there on Sunday regularly the past few weeks and won this tournament three years ago — and finished fifth last year. This value makes him a must-pick.
Mickelson missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year, but recently he has followed up missed cuts with big weeks. He won at Pebble Beach after his last missed cut, and he has top-25 finishes in his next tournaments in each of his last four missed cuts. He won The Players Championship in 2007, and if you’re looking for a dark horse with big value, he’s definitely one to consider.
This guy is another dark horse worth some value betting. He finished at +2 in Mexico, but he ranks eighth in this field in scoring average, third in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in driving accuracy percentage. He has finished in the top 20 in six of the last 10 years he’s played at the Players Championship, winning the whole thing in 2012. I’d take him at these odds right now.
Cantlay has finished at a combined -16 over his last two tournaments and has five top-10 finishes in his last seven tournaments. He has played at the Players Championship twice and cracked the top 25 both times. He talks a lot about his positive attitude toward Sawgrass, and that attitude can make a significant difference on a tough course.