One of the PGA Tour’s top events of the year takes place this weekend. The Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, tees off on Thursday, May 12. The 4-round event runs from Thursday to Sunday, May 15. It’s likely that Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the favorite. Rickie Fowler, last year’s 2015 The Players Championship winner, could also demand betting attention. Keep reading for more info on McIlroy and Fowler as well as my smart bet pick and longshot bet pick for this weekend’s The Player’s Championship.
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A Closer Look At My PLAYERS Championship Expert Picks
When: Thursday- Sunday – May 12-15 , 2016
Start Time: 6:00 AM ET
Where: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Course: TPC Sawgrass
Stream: CBS Sports
Favorites To Win The PLAYERS Championship: Rory McIlroy (8/1) and Rickie Fowler (15/1)
Rory McIlroy finished at -8 and tied for 8th at TPC Sawgrass last year. He’s likely to be one of the favorites this weekend because he goes into this tournament off of a 4th place finish in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Fowler also figures to be one of the favorites. He beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff to win the 2015 The Players Championship. Like McIlroy, Fowler finished 4th in last week’s Wells Fargo Championship. Both McIlroy and Fowler are going to get plenty of attention from golf bettors this weekend.
The Smart Bet To Win The PLAYERS Championship: Henrik Stenson (25/1)
I like Henrik Stenson’s chances this week. Although Stenson missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, he has 2 Top 5 finishes from 8 events played this PGA Tour Season. Last year, he ended up tied in 17th place with a 6 under at TPC Sawgrass. Stenson has earned over $1.5 million this year. My guess is that he was practicing some shots at the Wells Fargo Championship knowing that he had a real shot last year to win The Players Championship. The TPC Sawgrass is a much more prestigious event than the Wells Fargo Championship. I think Stenson should have a great weekend in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The Longshot Bet To Win The PLAYERS Championship: Bill Haas (80/1)
Just like Stenson, Bill Haas failed to make the cut at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship. In last year’s TPC Sawgrass, Haas finished tied for 4th at -11, only a single stroke off of winner Rickie Fowler. Haas has had a decent 2016 so far. He’s made 9 out of 12 cuts. He’s finished in the Top 10 4 times on the year. Don’t look past this ultra-tough competitor teeing off at a course that suits him well. Haas could go into Ponte Vedra Beach and take home The Players Championship at huge odds.
2016 PLAYERS Championship Odds
|Byeong Hun An||80/1|
|Rafael Cabrera Bello||100/1|
|Field (all others)||7/2|