Golf’s top players descend upon  TPC-Sawgrass for this week’s THE PLAYERS Championship.

The TPC offers a purse of $12,000,000 this year, making it one of the highest-pursed events on the PGA Tour. Check out analysis, BetAmerica odds, and free picks for THE PLAYERS Championship!

2019 THE PLAYERS Championship Favorites

Rory McIlroy +1150
Dustin Johnson +1150
Justin Thomas +1500
Justin Rose +1900

McIlroy’s already earned over $2.33 million this year. He’s earned that much on the Tour while failing to win a single tournament. How? Outside of an awful fifty-fourth place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in late October, he’s finished in the top-10 in 5 straight.

Rory even finished sixth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last PGA event. He’s sitting on the cusp of a victory. Although he missed the cut at last year’s THE PLAYERS Championship, we should expect McIlroy to bring his “A” game this week.

Others among the favorites can win this, but Rory’s been the most consistent so far this PGA Season. He’s go the best shot and qualifies for backing since he offers odds above +1000.

THE PLAYERS Championship Pick: Rory McIlroy

OUTSIDERS AT THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WORTH CONSIDERING 

Rickie Fowler +2000
Brooks Koepka +2150
Francesco Molinari +2200
Tiger Woods +2500
John Rahm +2700
Tommy Fleetwood +2700
Xander Schauffele +2800
Bryson DeChambeau +2900
Sergio Garcia +3200
Adam Scott +3400
Patrick Cantlay +3800
Jason Day +3800
Hideki Matsuyama +4000

 Lots of quality golfers offer odds of +2000 to +4000. Xander Schauffele’s playing well enough to where if you like him, you should back him. Schauffele won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and he’s finished in the top 20 in every tournament played since. He also finished tied for second at -14, 4 strokes off winner Webb Simpson, at the 2018 The Players Championship.

But, Schauffele might not be the best play among these golfers. Tiger said that he’s over the neck strain that kept him from playing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods strained his neck at the Genesis Open. Taking a week off appears to have done the trick.

Tiger finished 7 strokes off Simpson at last year’s TPC, which isn’t too far off. Woods should be on his game this week. If he is, the old Tiger could roar. He remains the most fun bet, if not also the most risky given his injury issues.

THE PLAYERS Championship Pick: Tiger Woods

SURPRISING CAST OF LONGSHOTS 

Paul Casey +4500
Webb Simpson +4800
Ian Poulter +4800
Marc Leishman +5300
Rafael Cabrera Bello +5400
Gary Woodland +5500
Henrik Stenson +5600
Jordan Spieth +6000
Tony Finau +6100
Matt Kuchar +6100
Phil Mickelson +6400
Patrick Reed +6700
Lucas Glover +6700

 It’s hard to back defending champion Webb Simpson because he’s not striking the ball well. Simpson was good for a thirty-ninth place finish at the WGC-Mexico. He followed that up with a thirty-sixth place finish at The Honda Classic.

Simpson’s not striking the ball well, but Rafael Cabrera Bello is. Bello’s back to his best form after shooting a -3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last. Bello had a tough round 2 at the Arnold Palmer, but the 65 he shot in round 1 and 69 round 4 made up for the 75 round 2.

If Bello finds more consistency with his swing, he could be in position for a win on Sunday. He shot a -10 at the 2018 THE PLAYERS Championship and deserves a long look at the nice +5400 odds.

THE PLAYERS Championship Pick: Rafael Cabrera Bello


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