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[ALL] May 10, 2018

PGA Betting Preview: The PLAYERS Championship

By Gracenote

This week in golf, we have The Players Championship, held at The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This is the PGA Tour's crown jewel. It boasts the largest purse in golf, is played on one of the world's most challenging courses and assembles arguably the best field of players for any tournament anywhere.

The Stadium Course was designed by Pete Dye and was done specifically for this championship. It is a remarkable creation that tests the players with a little bit of everything. Sand Bunkers are everywhere. Water comes into play on all 18-holes. There are dogleg right holes, there are dogleg left holes, there is a drivable Par 4, no two consecutive holes run in the same direction and oh yes, there is that loveable little but treacherous, 137-yard Par 3 17th hole which is an island green and stands as one of the most recognizable holes in the entire sport.

The Favourites

Jason Day: Your Wells Fargo champion from last week was also a winner here at Sawgrass in 2016. He has won The Match Play on a Dye designed course and also The PGA Championship at Whistling Straights in 2015, another Pete Dye creation.

Rory McIlroy: McIlroy won The PGA Championship in 2012 when it was played at The Ocean Course at Kiawah, a Pete Dye design.

The Contenders

Rickie Fowler: In what will likely be the most popular pairing on the golf course Thursday and Friday, Fowler will play the first two days with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. All three have won here before, Rickie in 2015.

Patrick Reed: Your Masters champion has played this event four times, twice missing the cut and twice finishing Top 25. He has been one of the hottest players in golf coming in, with six straight Top 10 finishes.

The Long Shots

Francesco Molinari: Molinari has been one of the more consistent performers at The PLAYERS, collecting Top 10 finishes in three of the last four years.

Zach Johnson: Another accurate, shorter, grinder who has seen tremendous consistency at TPC Sawgrass, having missed only one cut in thirteen appearances. He was 2nd here in 2012.
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