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First round
scores from
The Players Championship

Hideki Matsuyama -9
Harris English -7
Christiaan Bezuidenhout -7
Si Woo Kim -7
Patrick Cantlay -5
Marc Leishman -5
Rory Sabbatini -4
Michael Thompson -4
Scottie Scheffler -4
Jason Dufner -4
Graeme McDowell -4
Daniel Berger -4
Webb Simpson -4
Jim Herman -4
Cameron Champ -4
Nate Lashley -4
Corey Conners -4
Keith Mitchell -4
Viktor Hovland -4
Collin Morikawa -4
Rafa Cabrera Bello -4

Second round
betting odds
for The Players

Hideki Matsuyama 3/1
Jon Rahm 11/1
Patrick Cantlay 12/1
Rory Mcilroy 16/1
Harris English 18/1
Si Woo Kim 20/1
Marc Leishman 22/1
Webb Simpson 25/1
Collin Morikawa 25/1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 25/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Xander Schauffele 33/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Brooks Koepka 33/1
Viktor Hovland 33/1
Sung Jae Im 40/1
Bryson Dechambeau 40/1
Daniel Berger 40/1
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 45/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Scottie Scheffler 50/1
Tyrrell Hatton 50/1
Justin Thomas 50/1
Corey Conners 70/1
Keith Mitchell 70/1
Victor Perez 70/1
Byeong Hun An 70/1
Rory Sabbatini 80/1
Jason Dufner 90/1
Ian Poulter 100/1
Graeme Mcdowell 100/1
Cameron Champ 100/1
Sergio Garcia 100/1
Brendon Todd 100/1
Jason Kokrak 100/1
Danny Willett 100/1
Matthew Wolff 100/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 125/1
Adam Hadwin 125/1
Shane Lowry 150/1
Adam Long 150/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Sebastian Munoz 200/1
Jhonattan Vegas 200/1
Jimmy Walker 200/1
Joel Dahmen 200/1
Bubba Watson 200/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 200/1
Luke List 200/1
Michael Thompson 200/1
Nate Lashley 200/1
Matt Jones 200/1
Charley Hoffman 200/1
Martin Laird 200/1
Patrick Reed 200/1
Tony Finau 250/1
Tom Hoge 250/1
Sepp Straka 250/1
Ryan Moore 250/1
Pat Perez 250/1
Max Homa 250/1
Lucas Glover 250/1
Vaughn Taylor 250/1
Justin Rose 250/1
Jim Furyk 250/1
J.T. Poston 250/1
Gary Woodland 250/1
Charles Howell lll 250/1
Kevin Kisner 250/1


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Review & Betting Guide for The Players Championship


Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
James Kennedy

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
Franck Biton

Sung Jae Im
Sung Jae Im

Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson

Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger

Joel Dahman
Joel Dahman
James Kennedy

Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari
Keith Allison

This week sees The Players championship in its new date on the calendar for the second year and I must admit I did feel last year that it upstaged The Masters and I am sure it will come to be known as the season opener.

The Players is always a great event and Pete Dye’s Stadium course is a fitting venue that doesn’t disappoint. Every year this course throws up drama and none more so than the 17th, plenty has been said about this hole, but there is a true replica at Eagles Eye golf club in Michigan that you can play if you can’t make it to Sawgrass.

The Players now offers the highest prize fund in golf at a staggering $10.5 million with the winner taking a $1.8 million cut of that. The tournament used to be a warm up to the Masters and played in March, but with the move to May as a lead up to the US Open, the course now plays very differently and is much dryer, harder and faster.

In 2006 the course implemented massive changes, they tore up the old course and then brought in 26,600 tons of sand, 2.6 million square feet of Bermuda grass, 116,600 feet of pipe for irrigation, 19 acres of sod for landscaping, 200 new trees made up of oaks, pines and palms, new natural waste areas, lower-level bunkers, greenside chipping areas and water hazards. From a spectators point of view it makes great viewing, the changes are seen as a positive move by both the players and the tour.

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My tips to Win:

This week’s defending champion is Rory McIlroy 7/1 – with SportingBet – The world number one has a record of a win and five other Top 5 finishes from his six starts, it’s a phenomenal record of consistent golf, but Rory unfortunately is judged by different standards by himself and others. Wins are all that counts and he is certainly going to be the man to beat this week.

One player who will be pushing Rory hard this week will be his friend Justin Thomas 16/1 – with Ladbrokes – who has also been playing some amazing golf with two wins and three Top 6s from his eight starts on the PGA Tours wraparound season. Justin has only really challenged at The Players once when he had a third-place finish in his second start here, but I feel he will be looking to put that right this week.

Yes, I am going to tip the PGA Tours very own road warrior Sung Jae Im 28/1 – with Ladbrokes – again this week. The lad has certainly impressed with his ability to not only play every week but challenge most weeks and he has five Top 10 finishes from his fourteen starts with a win and Top 3 in his last two. Sung Jae missed the cut here last year, but it’s certainly a different player that will be teeing it up at Sawgrass this week.

Each-way tips:

For someone who missed the cut four times in his first six starts at Sawgrass Webb Simpson 30/1 – with BetFred – has certainly learned how to play the course with a win and two other Top 20s from his last three starts here. Webb comes into this week 5th in the FedEx Cup rankings and has win and three other Top 10s from his five starts and I think these are very good odds for someone who has had that start to the season.

Seemingly coming in under the radar this week is Daniel Berger 70/1 – with Ladbrokes – and I think these are fantastic odds for someone who will be teeing it up on the back of three Top 10 finishes from his last three starts – two of which were Top 5 places. Daniel does have a Top 10 finish here when he opened up with a 66 back in 2016 and in his current form I am sure he can’t wait for Thursday to arrive.

Outside tip:

Another player that also seems to have been overlook is Joel Dahmen 100/1 – with BetFred – who comes into this event on the back of three Top 15 finishes from his last three starts with the last two being Top 5 places – one being over a very tough Bay Hill course at the weekend. Joel teed it up at Sawgrass for the first-time last year and made the Top 15, in his current form he will certainly fancy his chances to go a lot better than that this week.

Longer odds:

Try Francesco Molinari 160/1 – with UniBet

As always good luck

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