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2012 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored
By Drew Sharper

PONTA VEDRA BEACH, FL (TheSpread) – Next up on the 2012 PGA Tour is THE PLAYERS Championship, which features a strong field. Here is a look at the odds for this event.

According to oddsmakers, Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win this event, as he has 9/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, who each have 14/1 odds, while Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson each have 22/1 odds.

McIlroy is tops in the world rankings. He finished second last weekend and has placed in the top five in six of his last seven tournaments. McIlroy didn’t play in this event last year and missed the cut in 2010.

Westwood is third in the world rankings. He placed fifth this last weekend and has placed in the top five in six of his last eight events. He finished fourth in this event in 2010.

Donald is second in the world rankings. He has placed in the top 10 in three of his last five tournaments. Donald finished fourth in this tournament last year.

Mickelson won this event back in 2007 while Woods won in 2001. Tiger is seventh in the world rankings while Mickelson is 10th. Woods is coming off a missed cut and a 40th-place finish in the Masters while Mickelson placed 26th in last week’s tournament.

The THE PLAYERS Championship begins on Thursday, May 10 and will run through Sunday, May 13 from TPC Sawgrass in Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla. For complete odds for each golfer to win the THE PLAYERS Championship, see below.

2012 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds to Win

Rory Mcilroy 9/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Luke Donald 14/1
Tiger Woods 22/1
Phil Mickelson 22/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Jim Furyk 45/1
Justin Rose 45/1
Jason Day 45/1
Louis Oosthuizen 45/1
Adam Scott 45/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Sergio Garcia 50/1
Nick Watney 50/1
Matt Kuchar 55/1
Ernie Els 55/1
Martin Kaymer 60/1
Keegan Bradley 60/1
Ben Crane 66/1
Graeme McDowell 70/1
Francesco Molinari 70/1
Ben Curtis 75/1
JB Holmes 80/1
KJ Choi 80/1
David Toms 80/1
Peter Hanson 80/1
Ian Poulter 90/1
Sean OHair 90/1
Ryan Moore 90/1
Geoff Ogilvy 90/1
John Senden 100/1
Fredrik Jacobson 100/1
Cameron Tringale 100/1
Aaron Baddeley 100/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Bo VanPelt 100/1
Padraig Harrington 100/1
Brian Davis 100/1
John Rollins 110/1
Jeff Overton 110/1
Henrik Stenson 110/1
Brandt Snedeker 110/1
Bud Cauley 110/1
Ryan Palmer 110/1
Carl Pettersson 110/
Jonathan Byrd 110/1
Chris Stroud 110/1
Kevin Streelman 125/1
Kevin Na 125/1
Charley Hoffman 125/1
DA Points 125/1
Charles Howell III 140/1
George Mcneill 140/1
Scott Piercy 140/1
Brian Gay 150/1
Martin Laird 150/1
Sang-Moon Bae 150/1
Robert Garrigus 150/1
Spencer Levin 150/1
Stewart Cink 150/1
Greg Chalmers 150/1
Bryce Molder 150/1
Charlie Wi 175/1
Retief Goosen 175/1
Robert Allenby 175/1
Robert Karlsson 175/1
Rory Sabbatini 175/1
Vijay Singh 175/1
YE Yang 175/1
Kyle Stanley 175/1
John Huh 175/1
Johnson Wagner 175/1
Ken Duke 175/1
Brendon De Jonge 175/1
Camilo Villegas 175/1
Kevin Stadler 200/1
Alvaro Quiros 200/1
Pat Perez 200/1
Jimmy Walker 200/1
Lucas Glover 200/1
Heath Slocum 200/1
Harris English 200/1
Davis Love III 200/1
Paul Casey 200/1
Gary Woodland 200/1
Matt Every 200/1
Chad Campbell 225/1
Trevor Immelman 225/1
Mark Wilson 225/1
Fred Couples 225/1
Graham Delaet 225/1
Andres Romero 225/1
Jerry Kelly 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Hunter Haas 250/1
Tim Clark 250/1
Simon Dyson 250/1
Rod Pampling 250/1
Colt Knost 250/1
David Mathis 250/1
Brendan Steele 250/1
Bob Estes 250/1
Kris Blanks 250/1
Angel Cabrera 250/1
Billy Mayfair 250/1
Marc Leishman 275/1
Michael Thompson 275/1
John Mallinger 275/1
David Hearn 300/1
Ricky Barnes 300/1
Tommy Gainey 300/1
Kevin Chappell 300/1
Brandt Jobe 300/1
Josh Teater 300/1
Justin Leonard 300/1
Tom Gillis 350/1
Scott Verplank 350/1
Nick Ohern 400/1
Sung Kang 400/1
Tim Herron 400/1
Troy Matteson 400/1
Briny Baird 400/1
Jhonattan Vegas 400/1
John Merrick 400/1
Blake Adams 400/1
JJ Henry 400/1
Chris Kirk 500/1
Jeff Maggert 500/1
Harrison Frazar 500/1
DJ Trahan 500/1
Chez Reavie 600/1
Chris Couch 600/1
Chris DiMarco 600/1
Ryuji Imada 600/1
Arjun Atwal 600/1
Tom Pernice Jr 600/1
Matt Bettencourt 600/1
Joe Ogilvie 600/1
Scott Stallings 600/1
JJ Killeen 750/1
Michael Bradley 750/1

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PGA Betting Odds and Preview: The Players Championship
By Matt Fargo

The PGA Tour heads back to Florida this week for the "Fifth Major" - The Players Championship.

While a lot of the current regular stops on tour value experience, TPC Sawgrass and Augusta National are arguably the two biggest venues where experience matters the most. Check out this stat from the PGA Tour: The average number of starts before a victory here is just over seven so just like Augusta, it takes a few years to win here, not including the 2002 win by Craig Perks.

Two years ago was the first year since 1996 that TPC Sawgrass played under par and overall, it ranked 28th out of 52 stops on tour in difficulty. Last year it played even easier. It is a course that rewards accuracy but at the same time, scramblers can have success as long as their misses are in the right spots. Knowing where these spots are comes from experience and as mentioned, that is the biggest factor is success here.

When you think of TPC Sawgrass, you think of the 17th island par three, arguably the scariest 130-something shot in golf. It is definitely a risk-reward hole and getting out of there with a par is huge going into 18. Why? The 18th at Sawgrass is the second-toughest closing hole on tour going back to 1983. We have seen many tournaments won and lost on these final two holes and that is what it should all be about.

There have been some subtle changes made this year as portions of the five greens that were bulkheaded against water hazards at 4, 13, 16, 17 and 18 were rebuilt and the result will be additional pin positions. Also, the rough in some areas of nine fairways, or areas behind the greens, have been shaved to fairway depth to allow balls to fall back into collection areas. There will be a tradeoff as the rough will be cut from 3 to 2.5 inches.

With this being such a prestigious tournament, the field is full of big names as 29 of the top 30 in the current FedEx Cup points list and nine of the top 10 in the OWGR are in play, with Bubba Watson being the only absentee. Additionally, 10 past Players champions are here along with every 2012 tournament winner (sans Watson). This makes for an exciting event that should again come down to the final holes on Sunday.

The favorite this week is Rory McIlroy (+1,000). He looked as though he was going to win his second Wells Fargo Championship but a bogey on 17 cost him the lead and he eventually lost in a playoff to Rickie Fowler. Still, he regained the top ranking in the world. He did not made the weekend at Sawgrass in 2009 and 2010 and didn't play last year. He admits he doesn't like this course.

On the other hand, Lee Westwood (+1,200) professed that his game is perfect for Sawgrass and who can argue with him. He has three top 10 finishes including a T4 in 2010 and he is back after skipping last year. He has not missed a cut in five PGA Tour medal play events and that includes four top fives. He closed with a 66 at Quail Hollow last week so he is rolling at the right time.

Sergio Garcia (+3,000) loves it here as not only did he win The Players in 2008, but he is the tournament's all-time money leader. He finished T12 last year so he continues to play strong. His last tour event was the Masters where he posted a strong T12 which was his best finish in six starts since a T4 at the Northern Trust Open, which was his opening event of 2012.

This is some great value with Steve Stricker (+3,000), ranked sixth in the world, and while this isn't a Major, it would be one of his biggest wins. He finished T12 last year with six others and in his career he has six top 25 finishes at Sawgrass. He won the opening event of 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and his last event was in New Orleans where he finished solo sixth.

Can Hunter Mahan (+3,000) win for a third time this year? He has as good of a shot as anyone playing. He is coming off a T53 last week in Charlotte and while that may not seem like good momentum coming in, his first two wins were preceded the week before with finishes of T24 and T42. Hew finished T6 at Sawgrass last year after a T17 in 2010. Exceptional odds for the fifth ranked player in the world.

For this week's longshot, take a look at Ben Crane (+5,000). He made some noise last week with a 64 on Friday but an average weekend gave him a T21. He has three top 10s this year and while his finish of T45 at THE PLAYERS last year is nothing to get excited about, his T4, T5 and T6 the previous three years is. And note that all three of those came after a MC the previous week.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at The Players Championship (all for one unit)

Lee Westwood (+1,200)

Sergio Garcia (+3,000)

Steve Stricker (+3,000)

Hunter Mahan (+3,000)

Ben Crane (+5,000)

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The Players Championship Preview

Another 144-man field descends on TPC Sawgrass this week as The Players Championship tees off. Experience has played a major role in determining the champion in recent years. Of the last seven champions, six of them were playing in at least their eighth Players.

With that in mind, here’s a look at this week’s best bets …
Sergio Garcia (30/1): He’s the all-time money leader at Sawgrass, with three top-5’s in his 12 starts (including a win in 2008) and a T12 last year. Garcia has also showed some signs of a resurgence in 2012, including a T12 in his last start, at the Masters.

Nick Watney (40/1): A major disappointment so far in 2012, Watney showed some signs of life last week at the Wells Fargo, leading after 54 holes before fading to an eighth-place finish. He posted a T4 at Sawgrass a year ago.

Lee Westwood (12/1): This will be the 10th Players for Westwood, who finished T4 in 2010. He’s coming off a strong weekend at Quail Hollow, going 68-66 over the weekend to lead the field en route to a T5. He currently leads the Tour in greens in regulation (74.72%).

Hunter Mahan (30/1): Mahan finished T6 at The Players a year ago, his sixth start at Sawgrass. He’s the only two-time winner on the Tour in 2012.

Luke Donald (15/1): He finished T4 at Sawgrass a year ago (his second top-5 in nine career starts), and Donald is heating up just in time for his return. He finished alone in third in New Orleans two weeks ago to give him three top-6 finishes (including a win at Transitions) in his past five starts.

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The Players Championship at Sawgrass Betting Preview
By Fairway Jay

Annually one of the toughest tests on the PGA Tour, the Pete Dye design of TPC at Sawgrass penalizes poor shots and players that are not precise with their irons. The golf course plays firm and fast now with Bermuda grass, and the course layout and angles force players to hit their ball to similar spots and targets from the tee and fairway. The risk-reward Stadium Course can feel claustrophobic with narrow fairways lined with long strips of sand and dozens of deep, diabolically placed pot bunkers. Combined with rough-covered knolls and craters, tall trees and plenty of water, players are required to hit their targets or they find themselves with difficult recovery shots. However, players that are precise with their irons can be rewarded on the greens with properly placed shots within 20 feet of the hole. You have to bring your complete game to contend and win at Sawgrass. Players must be able to move the ball both ways off the tee with a variety of clubs and position your shots for success into the firm and fast greens. Playing from the rough is not the most difficult part of Sawgrass; it’s missing such undulating greens in the wrong spots. Patience prevails along with accurate shot-making and premium putting.

The 137-yard Par 3 Island Hole has become one of the world’s most renowned of its kind. The signature hole adds drama and excitement for fans in attendance and those following online.

This week’s Fairway Free play is Geoff Ogilvy as underdog (+100 or better) over the injured Bo Van Pelt.  Ogilvy is playing well and in good form, but has had limited success at Sawgrass. He’s acknowledged that he has not adapted to the Bermuda grass as well since the event moved from March to May. Bo had four top-10’s in February and March before his withdraw (knee) at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Then last week he withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship in the second round citing a left wrist injury. He’s a play against if he tees it up this week.

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