Rory Favored At The Players But Golf Bettors Looking Elsewhere

  • Rory McIlroy (+750) won last year’s Players Championship Tournament.
  • Sungjae Im (+2500) leads the FedEx Cup Standings heading in the Players Championship.
  • Among the former champions in the field, Webb Simpson has the shortest odds at +2800.

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – The PGA Tour makes its second stop in the state of Florida in as many weeks as the Players Championship is March 12-15 featuring a $15 million-dollar purse. This year’s tournament features a crowded field with experience winning major tournaments and PGA Tour wins in what should be a very competitive weekend of golf.

Missing from the field this weekend will be golf icon Tiger Woods who is dealing with lingering back issues.

The No. 1 Golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win back to back Players Championship Tournaments. His odds sit at +750 to win, is among the best golfers in each tournament this season, and hasn’t finished outside of the top five once this season.

Betting on McIlroy to finish inside the top five at the Players Championship has +155 odds and those are the shortest odds of any golfer to crack the top five. Bettors should feel comfortable on any McIlroy odds that net a return this weekend at online betting sites.

After McIlroy, the next shortest odds to win the Players Championship belongs to Jon Rahm with +1200 odds, Justin Thomas who is in second place in the FedEx Cup Standings has +1400 odds to win, Bryson DeChambeau +2000, and Tommy Fleetwood rounds out the top five on the odds board for this tournament.

There are some former champions of the Players Championship playing in this year's tournament as 2018 champion Webb Simpson (+2800), 2016 champion Jason Day (+8000), 2015 Rickie Fowler (+3300), and 2007 champion Phil Mickelson (+15000) all are familiar with the course and cannot be counted out to sit at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

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Two sleeper golfers to keep an eye out for are Brooks Koepka (+3300) and FedEx Cup Standings leader Sungjae Im (+2500).

Koepka has struggled in past tournaments this season as he is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. However, once Koepka gets his legs under him, he should start getting into his pre-injury form.

Sungjae finished third at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and his +2500 odds are a good value bet for a golfer that just overtook Justin Thomas in the FedEx Cup standings this week.

The Players Championship takes place at TPC Sawgrass with the first tee times set for 7:40 AM on March 12.