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Nigel Seeley’s three from the tee for The Players Championship

Nigel Seeley 12 Mar 2019
TPC Sawgrass (credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Players Championship betting tips for this week. Read on for our expert tips for The Players Championship taking place at TPC Sawgrass.

The Players Championship


Last week we landed a 35/1 winning tip with Francesco Molinari claiming the title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and this week we stop of at one of the most eagerly awaited events on the PGA Tour calendar The Players' Championships from TPC Sawgrass.

This event is referred to as golf's "fifth" major and the quality of the 144 man field gathered in Florida this week has the look of a grand slam about it with the best players on the planet competing for the $2.25 million winner’s cheque.

It's not a surprise to see the betting lists headed by golf's "usual suspects" with Dustin Johnson yet again the tournament favourite at 12/1 with Rory McIroy next at 14/1, Justin Thomas at 16/1 and Justin Rose at 22/1 and in my opinion they are good reasons that all four players can be overlooked as a potential winner.

Johnson is a worthy favourite on his current form and this will be his golfing return since he won in Mexico a few weeks back, when also tipped in this column at 11/1, but the American has fared no better than 12th in his 10 previous appearances at The Players' and it's not a venue that suits his golf game and I would certainly be looking to take him on.

Rory, unlike DJ has a great record at Sawgrass with four top 12s at this event, but the former World number one hasn't won in over a year and had final round woes yet again last week at Bay Hill and the only way I want to be with the Irishman is in a 72-hole match bet against DJ.

Thomas has very good Sawgrass form with his best finish a tied third in 2016, but he's still a watching brief for me after his dismal final round collapse at the Genesis Open last month and the other Justin, Rose has a poor record here with only one top 15 finish in his previous 15 starts and putted really poorly at Bay Hill with a disappointing 63rd finish at the Arnold Palmer and his title chances this week look slim.

Three From The Tee


Sergio Garcia @ 33/1 bet365
* Odds correct at 10:47 GMT on 12/3/2019

Sergio Garcia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)


The player that I like for the win this week is Spain's SERGIO GARCIA at the general 33/1 that is available with most bookmakers (but check bookies each-way terms).

The Spaniard won this event in 2008 when it was played in the most difficult of conditions and in his last 12 starts at Sawgrass he's made the cut on every single occasion. Sawgrass is a venue where course form is essential and Garcia's game is perfect and as well as his win in 2008 he also made top 20 on a number of occasions. His current form is impressive with two top 10 finishes in his last two starts on the PGA Tour. At the start of the month he was ninth at the Honda Classic and at the end of last month he landed the place money with a sixth finish at the Mexico Championships and another good showing looks on the cards.



Hideki Matsuyama @ 40/1 bet365
* Odds correct at 10:47 GMT on 12/3/2019

Hideki Matsuyama. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)


It's just a matter of time before HIDEKI MATSUYAMA gets his sixth PGA Tour win and he goes under the radar this week as a potential winner and the general 40/1 on the Japanese star is just too big.

Matsuyama is another who has an impressive Sawgrass record making the cut in four of his five appearances and in the four times he's made the cut his best finish was seventh, but he made the top 25 in the other three occasions. The 27 year-old is one of golf's straightest hitters and accuracy of the tee is essential at The Players'. Since returning from a wrist injury he's made the cut in every one of his nine starts and has been in contention of winning on at least six occasions with six top 20 finishes under his belt in those events.



Keegan Bradley @ 80/1 Paddy Power

Keegan Bradley. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)


The outsider this week is KEEGAN BRADLEY at 80/1 which is with available with most bookies.

Bradley won his fourth PGA tournament at the end of last season with a play-off success against Justin Rose at the BMW Championships and this season the 33 year-old former USPGA winner has been ultra-consistent making the cut in his 10 tournaments and despite a disappointing final round 78 at Bay Hill last week, three top 10 finishes in 2019 and a seventh finish at The Players' last year is good enough for me to warrant each-way support at 80/1 for a major winner.


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