2014 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds: McIlroy & Scott Favored

2014 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds: McIlroy & Scott Favored

2014 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds: McIlroy & Scott Favored
By Drew Sharper 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL (TheSpread) – THE PLAYERS Championship is the next event up on the PGA Tour and features a number of top golfers. Here is a look at the odds to win this event.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, both Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy are the favorites to win, as each has 14/1 odds. The other short odds to win are Matt Kuchar (18/1) and Sergio Garcia (20/1).

Scott won this tournament in 2004. He is currently second in the world rankings and having a great run over the last six months. He has placed in the top 15 in nine of his last 10 events, including two victories. He has placed in the top 20 of this event the last two years.

McIlroy is 11th in the world rankings and he has placed in the top 10 in three straight events and in six of his last eight. He finished eighth in this event last year.

Kuchar won this event in 2012. Kuchar is currently fifth in the world rankings and coming off a win in the RBC Heritage. He has placed in the top 5 in four straight events.

Garcia won this tournament back in 2008. He is currently ninth in the world rankings. He hasn’t played since The Masters, where he missed the cut, but he had placed in the top 20 in 13 straight tournaments prior to that.

The 2014 THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament takes place from May 8-11 from THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. For a look at the odds to win this golf tournament, see below.

Bet on THE PLAYERS Championship Odds

2014 PGA THE PLAYERS Championship Odds To Win

Adam Scott 14/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Matt Kuchar 18/1
Sergio Garcia 20/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Luke Donald 25/1
Phil Mickelson 25/1
Bubba Watson 28/1
Jordan Spieth 28/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Lee Westwood 33/1
Zach Johnson 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Dustin Johnson 50/1
Graham Delaet 50/1
J.B. Holmes 50/1
Jimmy Walker 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Harris English 55/1
Brandt Snedeker 66/1
Graeme McDowell 66/1
Hunter Mahan 66/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Ken Duke 66/1
Kevin Na 66/1
Martin Laird 66/1
Patrick Reed 66/1
Ryan Moore 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Hideki Matsuyama 80/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
Martin Kaymer 80/1
Ryan Palmer 80/1
Steve Stricker 80/1
Brendon De Jonge 100/1
Cameron Tringale 100/1
Charley Hoffman 100/1
Chris Kirk 100/1
Chris Stroud 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1
Fredrik Jacobson 100/1
Gary Woodland 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
John Senden 100/1
Jonas Blixt 100/1
K.J. Choi 100/1
Kenny Perry 100/1
Kevin Stadler 100/1
Marc Leishman 100/1
Matt Every 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Rory Sabbatini 100/1
Seung-yul Noh 100/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Bo Van Pelt 125/1
Charles Howell III 125/1
Chesson Hadley 125/1
Daniel Summerhays 125/1
Jason Kokrak 125/1
Jonathan Byrd 125/1
Joost Luiten 125/1
Matt Jones 125/1
Pat Perez 125/1
Russell Henley 125/1
Russell Knox 125/1
Thomas Bjorn 125/1
Angel Cabrera 150/1
Ben Crane 150/1
Boo Weekley 150/1
Brian Harman 150/1
Brian Stuard 150/1
Carl Pettersson 150/1
Erik Compton 150/1
Ernie Els 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
George Mcneill 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
Jeff Overton 150/1
Jerry Kelly 150/1
John Huh 150/1
Kevin Chappell 150/1
Martin Flores 150/1
Michael Thompson 150/1
Retief Goosen 150/1
Robert Garrigus 150/1
Roberto Castro 150/1
Ryo Ishikawa 150/1
Stewart Cink 150/1
Will Mackenzie 150/1
Aaron Baddeley 200/1
Brendan Steele 200/1
Bryce Molder 200/1
David Hearn 200/1
David Lingmerth 200/1
Jason Bohn 200/1
John Merrick 200/1
Kyle Stanley 200/1
Luke Guthrie 200/1
Morgan Hoffman 200/1
Nicholas Thompson 200/1
Richard Lee 200/1
Sang-Moon Bae 200/1
Scott Brown 200/1
Scott Langley 200/1
Shawn Stefani 200/1
Stephen Gallacher 200/1
Thongchai Jaidee 200/1
Tim Clark 200/1
William Mcgirt 200/1
Andres Romero 250/1
Brian Davis 250/1
Brian Gay 250/1
Camilo Villegas 250/1
Greg Chalmers 250/1
Jeff Maggert 250/1
John Rollins 250/1
Justin Hicks 250/1
Lucas Glover 250/1
Mark Wilson 250/1
Michael Putnam 250/1
Scott Stallings 250/1
Steven Bowditch 250/1
Stuart Appleby 250/1
Yong-Eun Yang 250/1
Charlie Wi 300/1
D.A. Points 300/1
James Driscoll 300/1
James Hahn 300/1
Josh Teater 300/1
Justin Leonard 300/1
Derek Ernst 350/1
Ted Potter Jr. 350/1
Charlie Beljan 400/1
John Peterson 400/1
Brny Baird 500/1
D.H. Lee 500/1
Darren Clarke 500/1
J.J. Henry 500/1
Johnson Wagner 500/1
Woody Austin 500/1

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THE PLAYERS Championship
By Sportsbook.ag

Tournament: THE PLAYERS Championship
Date: May 8-11, 2014
Venue: TPC at Sawgrass, Stadium Course
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Although THE PLAYERS Championship is not one of the four majors in golf, it is sometimes referred to as the "fifth major" with its huge purse ($10 million) while being played at the historical TPC Sawgrass since 1982. Some huge names have won this tourney over the past decade with Adam Scott taking it back in 2004, Phil Mickelson in 2007, Sergio Garcia in 2008, Matt Kuchar in 2012 and Tiger Woods winning for the second time in his career last season.

Although the injured Woods will not be defending his title this weekend, there will still be 46 of the top-50 golfers in the World Golf Rankings attending as they look get another star name on the trophy.

Let’s take a look at a few golfers who could dominate this weekend at the par-72, 7,215-yard iconic stadium course.

Golfers to Watch

Rory McIlroy (12/1):
The tournament favorite McIlroy is just playing too well right now not to earn a win in the near future. He has finished in the top-8 in four of his past five tourneys and has nearly mastered the two most important aspects of golf, driving distance (306.7, 5th on tour) and putting (1.72 per hole, 5th on tour) leading to 4.15 birdies per round (3rd on tour). Although this is a season where top players have not fared well, this tournament is built for some of the best to excel and McIlroy should not disappoint.

Henrik Stenson (25/1): The third-ranked golfer in the world has not had the best season up to this point with just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour. But he could be coming on at the right time with a 5th-place finish in his most recent start (Volvo China Open) and a 14th-place showing at The Masters Stenson has also done very well at the “fifth major” with a top-15 finish four times since 2008, including a win in 2009.

Jim Furyk (33/1): Speaking of coming on strong, look no further than the 43-year old Furyk, who has finished in the top-20 in each of his past five tournaments, including a runner-up last week at the Wells Fargo Championship. His ability to miss the tall grass (69.5% driving accuracy, 14th on tour) will put him in contention with the tight fairways at TPC Sawgrass.

Kevin Streelman (100/1): Streelman was the runner-up at this tournament last year and also finished 19th back in 2011, so he should feel comfortable navigating the course this weekend. Just like Furyk, he is one of the best at hitting fairways (68.2% driving accuracy, 21st on tour) which has helped him in the past, and should once again make him a contender come Sunday.

Martin Flores (160/1): Flores is the most intriguing longshot pick this weekend, but he is playing much better golf than his 147th World Ranking would suggest. He is coming off his best performance of the year, a third-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship, and has been in the top-20 in four of the previous six tournaments he entered. His solid driving distance (294.7, 46th on tour) gives him a shot to hang near the top of the leaderboard this weekend.


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THE PLAYERS Championship Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo
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The PGA Tour heads back to Florida this week for the "Fifth Major", THE PLAYERS Championship. "THE PLAYERS" is capitalized for a reason since this is THE Championship for the PLAYERS and a lot of them covet this tournament more than any of the four real Majors. That may sound narcissistic but this game is about the players and this is exactly what this tournament is about.

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 7 so just like Augusta, it takes a few years to win here, not including the 2002 win by Craig Perks.

Four 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. Three years ago, it played even easier. Two years ago though it came back to 72.47 which was fifth highest among the 20 par 72's. Last year it was close to the same at +0.323 strokes to par. 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.

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 PLAYERS won and lost on these final two holes and that is what it should all be about.

With this being such a prestigious tournament, the field is full of big names with the top ten in the OWGR in the field excluding Tiger Woods of course and Jason Day who is out with a thumb injury. Additionally, nine past PLAYERS champions are here along with 28 Major winners and 22 World Golf Championship winners. This makes for an exciting event that should again come down to the final holes on Sunday.

Sergio Garcia (+2,200) won here is 2008 and was right there again last year until hitting two balls into the water at the 17th hole but still finished T8. In addition to his win, he has made the cut his last 10 starts here and has four career top tens. He comes in playing some of his best golf despite a missed cut at the Masters in his last start.

We used Jim Furyk (+3,000) last week and his Sunday 65 vaulted him to a solo second at the Wells Fargo. It was his fifth straight top 20 which includes three top sevens in his last four starts. He has missed the cut only four times in 18 starts at THE PLAYERS and even though one was last year, we was not coming in playing well at all.

Lee Westwood (+3,500) was also on our list last week and he surprisingly did not stick around for the weekend but that could be a blessing in disguise here. He won the previous week in Malaysia so he could have just been spent and prior to that, it was a solo seventh at the Masters. He finished T8 at Sawgrass last year as well as T4 in 2010.

Rickie Fowler (+5,500) got off to a very slow start to the season with three missed cuts in his first six events but he has been much better. He has two top six finishes since April and despite a T38 last week (another one on our list) he closed with a Sunday 67. He missed the cut here last year but finished T2 in 2012.

The biggest pub that Harris English (+5,500) is getting is that he is paired with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose so he is flying under the radar here. He won twice in the first part of 2013 and while he has not been in contention since then, he has five top 16's including three top tens. He finished T33 here last year after a T64 in his debut in 2012.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at THE PLAYERS Championship- All for 1 Unit

Sergio Garcia (+2,200)
Jim Furyk (+3,000)
Lee Westwood (+3,500)
Rickie Fowler (+5,500)
Harris English (+5,500)

2014 Record to date after 16 events: -27 Units

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