To maintain the eye of followers (and golf bettors) in a crowded sports activities market, the PGA Tour has one “anchor” event every month from March to September. The large one in Might is THE PLAYERS Championship, and this yr’s tees off Thursday morning from TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Seashore, Florida.
THE PLAYERS Championship is also known as the “fifth main” as a result of it all the time has the most effective fields on Tour, has the most important purse of any non-major, and the winner will get some nice advantages, together with a five-year PGA Tour exemption.
The Stadium Course has one of the iconic golf holes on the planet, the par-Three 17th island gap. If historical past is any indication, you'll be able to rely on round 30 balls within the drink through the event.
This course was inbuilt 1982 particularly to host THE PLAYERS. There have been some renovations carried out since final yr, together with shortening the par-Four 12th from 360 yards to round 302. That’s drivable for some gamers, however the inexperienced slopes towards a brand new water hazard on the left. There are additionally pot bunkers on the correct aspect of the inexperienced.
It’s the most effective subject of the yr with 48 of the world’s Prime 50 set to play. The one two lacking are Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and American Brandt Snedeker. No Tiger Woods (who isn’t inside a mile of the world’s Prime 50) following one other again surgical procedure. Had Tiger been within the area, it will have included each winner of the final 28 PLAYERS and main championships. The blokes who've mixed to win the final 45 PGA Tour occasions are all within the subject.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the +700 favourite on THE PLAYERS Championship betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Johnson almost gained a fourth straight event final week on the Wells Fargo Championship however completed a shot behind Brian Harman when Harman drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd gap. It was Johnson’s first begin since having to withdraw from the Masters with a again damage.
Some golfers merely don’t play programs properly designed by some architects – Pete Dye on this case – and Johnson has by no means had a Prime 25 in eight earlier PLAYERS Championships.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is +1000 on the tournament odds as he performs a Tour occasion for the primary time as a married man. He thrives at this course with 4 straight finishes of 12th or higher, though he has but to win. McIlroy is grouped with Johnson and Justin Thomas (+2800) the primary two rounds. Jordan Spieth, who has missed the minimize on this event two years in a row, is at +1400 odds.
No golfer has repeated at THE PLAYERS, and Australian Jason Day is +2200 to turn into the primary. He tied a course document with a first-round 63 in his victory at the tournament last year and led wire-to-wire. Day completed at 15-under 273, 4 forward of Kevin Chappell.
The one individual to win the Masters and THE PLAYERS in the identical yr is Woods in 2001. Sergio Garcia gained his first inexperienced jacket final month and is listed at +1800 on the golf odds.
Garcia is the all-time main money-winner at THE PLAYERS Championship; he has a win (2008) and two second-place finishes (2015 and 2007). Sergio misplaced in a three-man playoff two years in the past to Rickie Fowler (+2000). A playoff right here is three-hole combination over Nos. 16-18. That format was instituted in 2014.