Betting tips: Who will come out on top at Sawgrass?May 9, 2017 The Scoop
Steve Carroll looks at the contenders eyeing up a tilt at the Players Championship.
National Club Golfer take a look at our weekly betting tips for golf and who you should be backing at TPC Sawgrass this week.
Course Specialist: Justin Thomas
Has calmed down since winning three times in five tournaments at the start of the year but the Texan posted a top 5 at the WGC in Mexico after two missed cuts in three events.
Looks to have taken to Sawgrass – a course that doesn’t suit everyone.
Tied 24th on debut in 2015, despite a closing 75. Followed that with T3rd last year. Another 75, this time in round 3, was followed by a seriously impressive 65.
Dark Horse: Matt Kuchar
Will never grab the headlines in the betting markets like Dustin Johnson, but the American is very steady and Sawgrass certainly seems to fit his profile.
The winner in 2012, Kuchar finished 3rd behind Jason Day last year and can also look back on four other top 20s. A look at his recent major form, seven top 10s since 2010, means he can usually be relied upon to at least make the frame.
To Go Home Early: Keegan Bradley
Finished tied 35th last year but Sawgrass has not been kind to Bradley. In fact, 35th is his best performance in six attempts.
He failed to make the cut three years in a row from 2013 to 2015 and low rounds have been thin on the ground for the three-time PGA Tour winner.
Only three in the 60s, from 18 attempts, won’t cut the mustard at a tournament where the lowest winning score in the last five years has been 12 under.
He Couldn’t, Could He?: Jhonnattan Vegas
It’s hard to predict what Vegas is going to do on any given week. Just take the World Matchplay, where the Venezuelan lost to a horribly out-of-form Bubba Watson and then humbled Thomas Pieters the very next day.
Has finished 7th at the Players, in 2012, but no better than 42nd since. He can, though, go low at Ponte Vedra. In 14 rounds at Sawgrass, he has broken the 70 barrier on five occasions.
Don’t Forget About This Guy: Sergio Garcia
You won’t have to look too far away from the top of the market to find him, but when everyone’s lauding Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, it’s the Spaniard who has an enviable record in the Players.
The winner in 2008, he has finished in the top five on four other occasions. He lost a playoff with Rickie Fowler in 2015 and was third the previous year.
His lowly display last year, when he finished 53rd on the back of two horrible weekend rounds of 77 and 75, has to be a blip. Everything this year seems to be going well both on and off the course, visit OddsDigger bookie offers for more.