Bet UK Players Championship Golf Betting Tips
Rob Cobley is a maths graduate who has spent several years working in the betting industry. He is now able to share his tips on the World’s biggest golfing events exclusively for Bet UK customers. For the latest golf betting odds for all PGA Tour events, head over to Bet UK’s online sportsbook.
The Course - TPC Sawgrass, Florida
The PGA Tour heads to TPC Sawgrass this week for what is golf’s unofficial fifth major, and one of the most exciting and unpredictable events on the calendar. The Stadium course is home to the PGA Tour, and their flagship event always attracts the biggest and best players from around the world, all arriving with the hope of taking home one of the biggest crowns in golf.
Sawgrass is characterised by tiny greens, fast undulating fairways, and a number of dog legs, all of which serve to remove the advantages of some of the Tours bigger hitters. This has been evidenced in a rather erratic trend of winners; from big bombers like Rickie Fowler and Jason Day, to the likes of Tim Clark and Fred Funk who have managed to manoeuvre their way around this delightful Pete Dye creation.
The front 9 at Sawgrass is fairly unremarkable, but the back side is some of the most entertaining holes you will see anywhere on a golf course, culminating in the famous island green that faces the players on the treacherous par 3 17th.
The Market Leaders
Having featured prominently on the leaderboard last week at Bay Hill, European players feature heavily at the top of the Players Championship market alongside their US counterparts, and Europeans have enjoyed much success at Sawgrass with Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, and Sergio Garcia all having claimed this title in recent years.
This year Rory Mcilroy, Justin Rose and last week’s winner Francesco Molinari sit alongside Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and 2015 winner Rickie Fowler as the market leaders, and whilst all hold strong and legitimate aspirations to win here, this is a tournament that has traditionally provided big priced winners including Si Woo Kim who claimed his maiden title last year at a huge 500/1, and it is further down the market where we focus our attention.
Jordan Spieth: 60/1*
Jordan Spieth is one of, if not the most, talented player in the game at the moment, taking aside that Woods is past his best, and that Mcilroy continues to flatter to deceive on the biggest stage, and quotes of 60/1 are absurd in any field. Spieth’s form has admittedly been shaky, and he has certainly not hit the heights that we know he can, but he has still made 4 of his last 5 cuts, and has taken the last two weeks off to practice and rest ahead of a tournament that it would mean a lot to him to win; and where he has previously posted a top 5 finish.Spieth has the intelligence, patience, and the laser like iron game to tame Sawgrass. All this combined with the fact that he is the greatest mid range putter in a generation make him an exceptional value bet with 3 points E/W @ 60/1*.
Jason Day: 38/1*
Jason Day is another major winner who will not be intimidated by the cauldron of the Stadium course should he be in contention come the weekend. Day’s record at Sawgrass is immense with two top 5s, and a win in 2016. Most recently he has been showing flashes of his old self following an injury layoff, posting finishes of 5th and 4th in his last two events prior to a slightly concerning withdrawal last week at Bay Hill. Following that, he was pictured at Universal Studios with his young family, and they will be here in support of Day this week. The Australian doubtlessly has the ability and the game to contend, and with less pressure on his shoulders, this could be just the tonic for him to again push for the top of the leaderboard. 3 Points E/W @ 38/1*
Keith Mitchell: 100/1*
Fresh from his win at the Honda Classic, American Mitchell posted a hugely impressive 6th place last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, showing no fear, and an abundance of talent. He seems to have an all round game, long and straight off the tee, but most importantly here, he has a great long iron game. This will mean more greens, and less of a need to get up and down from the substantial bunkering and run off areas that protect the course. Mitchel is riding the crest of a wave, and i’m happy to back that momentum to continue at Sawgrass this week with 2 Points e/w @ 100/1*
Jhonattan Vegas: 175/1*
Vegas did fairly well for us when tipped the other week, posting a very solid 16th, and was able to follow that up again last week with a top 25 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This gives us enough confidence to give the likeable Venezuelan one more chance at this price at a tournament where he has finished in the top 10 before. A win this week would be even more poignant given the well publicised troubles in his home nation, and another solid start could lay the platform for a strong push towards another title for Vegas. We will keep stakes to a sensible level, but we wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance for Vegas to roll the dice on Sunday at 1 Point e/w @ 175/1*
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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