The Players Championship Betting Preview

TPC Sawgrass logoGolf’s so-called fifth major begins on Thursday when The Players Championship gets underway on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field is a very good one for this event but two top players will not be playing as world No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 6 Rory McIlroy have decided to skip the event.

It’s too bad Westwood and McIlroy are not in the event but the PGA Tour limits non-members to a certain number of events they can play. Both Westwood and McIlroy have chosen to sit this week out as they are more focused on the upcoming U.S. Open.

Even though he hasn’t won in about a year and a half and has slipped to No. 8 in the world, Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the tournament – he is listed at 12-1 at

Those odds are based on Tiger’s past reputation, not reality. Woods has not won since November of 2009 and it’s simply ridiculous for him to be favored to win any event, let alone the Players Championship. Woods has only one win and four top 10’s in 13 trips to TPC Sawgrass.

The two real favorites to win this week are Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson. Each has odds of 14-1 at

Donald has been in the top 10 in his last six tournaments and he leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring average. Mickelson won this event in 2007 and he seems to be rounding into form as he tied for No. 9 last week at Quail Hollow.

The betting odds are really wide open after Donald and Mickelson. Ben Crane is the next choice at 27-1 and you can make a really good case for him winning this week. He has finished in the top six at the Players in each of the past three years.

The next three on the odds board are Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk and of those three Kuchar would seem to have the best chance as he has finished in the top 15 in his last two starts at the Players.

Adam Scott is playing well this year and he is 32-1 while Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, K.J. Choi, Hunter Mahan and Padraig Harrington are each 35-1. It is such a talented field this week that there are some very good players who are listed with longshot odds.

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