2020 Players Championship Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions

Often called The Players in short hand, The Players Championship is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour that dates back to 1974 when it was known as the Tournament Players Championship. With a $12.5 million prize fund, The Players, which includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, puts up the biggest purse in professional golf surpassing the $12 million that’s on offer as The US Open.

Since 1982,the tournament has been played at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This course is famous for its par 3, 17th hole known as the Island Green. Because of its massive prize pool, The Players is often referred to as the unofficial fifth major.

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Golf The Players Championship Betting 2020 Odds, Tips & Predictions

Golf The Players Championship 2020 Betting Odds

Rory McIlroy7/1Bet365
Jon Rahm12/1BetVictor
Justin Tomas14/1 Betfred
Bryson DeChambeau22/1William Hill
Tommy Fleetwood25/1Bet365
Dustin Johnson28/1Unibet
Patrick Cantlay28/1Genting Bet
Hideki Matsuyama30/1Ladbrokes
Xander Schauffele30/1William Hill
Webb Simpson30/1888Sport
Adam Scott33/1Coral
Patrick Reed33/1Paddy Power
Tyrrell Hatton45/1Sporting Bet

Golf The Players Championship 2020 Betting Tips & Predictions

This flagship event on the PGA Tour returns to TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course this Thursday for four days of top golf action in what has often been dubbed Golf’s fifth major. While this isn’t strictly true, it is our first seriously big and important meeting of the year so far. Be warned though,picking a winner is no easy task.

For many of those competing this is a local course as golfers tend to settle in the Sunshine State -Jim Furyklives just around the corner in Ponte Vedra Beach and was runner-up last year – so the weather and other variables shouldn’t throw up any surprises. The player that beat Furyk last year, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, is another who lives in Florida and has quickly been installed as the short(ish) priced favourite. Given the infamous final three holes here, past pedigree is important.

To that end, McIlroy, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood have the strongest records here over the past half a decade while Scott, Webb Simpson, Si Woo Kim and Rickie Fowler are all former champions of the Players and so, of the returning number, should in no way see their claims dismissed.McIlroy has epitomised all-around consistency since victory at TPC Sawgrass one year ago and has the class, as well as the form, to make his return to this tournament the first successful Players defence in history.

Second favourite Jon Rahm hasn’t been going so well of late but has the ability to overcome anything the Shawgrass can throw at him. A similar case can be made for Justin Thomas who is third in the betting but has missed a couple of recent cuts so form can be questioned.The 2018 champion, Webb Simpson, came in 16th 12 months ago but has clawed his way back into the world’s top10 rankings thanks to victory in The Phoenix Open.

Aussie Adam Scott won The Players in 2004goes into this week’s event in good spirits thanks tovictory at the Genesis Invitationalat Riviera last month, while Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is another in with a shout. Fleetwood was, however, upstaged by countryman Tyrrell Hatton this past weekend when he became the first English winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after securing his maiden PGA Tour title at Bay Hill.

As for the Americans, Bryson DeChambeau is in the best current form, while Patricks Cantlay and Reed, along with Justin Thomas, are almost certain to put up a strong fight against the European invasion. Whether that’s enough or not remains to be seen.


Popular Golf Bets for The Players Championship

Phil Mickelson

(Image: Phil Mickelson at Muirfield Village | © Ed Balaun | Licence: CC BY 2.0)

Golf is one of the peoples’ favourite sports for betting on, either online or on the high street. The main reason for this is that it’s a slow-building sport which lends itself to in-play betting and also because there are tournaments going off each week, each one with fields of over 100 players taking part. These huge fields often mean that tournament favourites in golf will typically have longer odds than their equivalents in other sports.

Outright Tournament Winner Betting

Betting on a tournament winner is the simplest way to bet on golf and because of this simplicity, it is without question the most popular way to bet on golf, just as it is with every other sporting event in the world. When you place an outright golf tournament winner bet, you are backing a player to win the tournament and nothing else matters. It is also worth noting that, due to the massive 100+ player fields, golf tends to pick up longer than odds than a lot of other sports that people choose to bet on.



First Round Leader Betting

When betting of the player to be leading the way after a single day’s play, consider those types of players that typically get off to a fast start on day one. With this bet you are looking to pick a selection that stands a chance of finishing day one on top of the leaderboard. You do not need to worry about the player still being top by day four, this is a first-round leader bet only. Of course, because this is like a mini-outright bet, you can always back it each way should you so choose.

Top 10, Top 20 Finish Betting

Leaderboard betting is designed to allow you to bet on a player or players to finish inside the top 10 or 20 players in the field. Betting on the top 10 and/or top 20 markets is popular because its like a long range each way bet. Of course, you are not getting a fraction of the outright odds but you can select players that you know are not good enough to win or even claim a place among the highest finishers but are still at an ability level where making the top 20 or 10 is within the capabilities.

Head To Head Golf Betting

Another option when it comes to betting on golf is to consider head to head match betting. Head to head simply pits two players up against each other and it’s the bettor’s job to correctly put money behind the player that will come out on top and shoot the lowest score out of the two thus finish higher up the leaderboard. It is important to note, that you are not selecting the outright winner of the tourney when you play this bet, merely choosing a player in a nominated pair to perform better than his competitor.

Tournament Structure for Golf The Players Championship

The four-day tournament works the same as many of the stroke play events on the tour in that all the players tee-off in the first round of 18 on a Thursday. Round two is staged on the Friday after which there is a cut off for players to either be eliminated from competition or continue on to Saturday’s third round. On Sunday, the final day is held where the leading players, those with the lowest under par score, are the last to tee off and play their final round of 18. By the close of play, assuming there isn’t a tie, then the winner, the player with biggest under par total from the four days combined, will be crowned. Should there be a tie, then those players on the same score will replay the final three holes, including the Island Green, until a winner is determined.


History of Golf The Players Championship

The Players Championship is the brainchild of the former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman. The first event was staged at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, Georgia, USA. In 1975, the event upped and moved to Texas where the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth was briefly its home. One year later the tournament was on the move again, this time to South Florida and the Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill. In three years in Lauderhill the event replaced the Atlanta Classic in 1974, the Colonial National Invitational in 1975 and the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic in 1976, all of which were restored to the schedule the following year in 1977. That same year, the event moved northwards to the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach where it remained until 1982 when it was first staged at its current Floridian home, the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Past Winners (Since The Players Championship in 1988)

2019Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland
2018Webb SimpsonUnited States
2017Kim Si WooSouth Korea
2016Jason DayAustralia
2015Rickie FowlerUnited States
2014Martin KaymerGermany
2013Tiger WoodsUnited States
2012Matt KucharUnited States
2011KJ ChoiSouth Korea
2010Tim ClarkSouth Africa
2009Henrik StensonSweden
2008Sergio GarcíaSpain
2007Phil MickelsonUnited States
2006Stephen AmesCanada
2005Fred FunkUnited States
2004Adam ScottAustralia
2003Davis Love IIIUnited States
2002Craig PerksNew Zealand
2001Tiger WoodsUnited States
2000Hal SuttonUnited States
1999David DuvalUnited States
1998Justin LeonardUnited States
1997Steve ElkingtonAustralia
1996Fred CouplesUnited States
1995Lee JanzenUnited States
1994Greg NormanAustralia
1993Nick PriceZimbabwe
1992Davis Love IIIUnited States
1991Steve ElkingtonAustralia
1990Jodie MuddUnited States
1989Tom KiteUnited States
1988Mark McCumberUnited States
Kernow Course

(Image: Kernow Course 12th Hole| © Neville Wootton | Licence: CC BY 2.0)

Golf The Players Championship Key Stats

  • At 21 years of age, KimSi Woo became the youngest player to ever win the event in 2017.
  • In doing so the South Korean surpassed Adam Scott who won in 2004 at the age of 24.
  • Fred Funk became the tournament's oldest winner in 2005 when he won aged 48 .
  • There are only six multiple times winners at The Players; Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington and Jack Nicklaus.
  • With three wins, Jack Nicklaus has more victories at The Players Championship than any other golfer.
  • In 1997, Steve Elkington won by seven strokes, the widest margin of victory ever recorded at The Players.
  • Justin Leonard shot three eagles at The Players Championship in 2000.
  • With 26 birdies in 1994 at The Players Championship, Fuzzy Zoeller holds the record for most birdies in a single tournament.
  • Fred Couples twice hit a hole in one in this event, once in 1997 and again in 2006.
Graeme McDowell

(Image: Graeme McDowell | © Tour Pro Golf Clubs | Licence: CC BY 2.0)


Golf The Players Championship FAQ

🎰 Is The Players Championship One of The Golf Majors?

No, this isn’t one of the four majors, however this is often considered to be the fifth, albeit unofficial, major with a prizepool to match its size.

⚽ What is The Total Prize Fund of The Players Championship then?

There is a jaw dropping $12,500,000 in the prize pool which is even more than the US Open.

📍 The Weather Often Impacts on a Golf Tournament, What Can we Expect Here?

This is Florida with the winter behind it so we can expect nice warm weather for the players to enjoy.

⚠ Can The Tournament End in a Tie And What Happens if it Does?

If there are two or more players that finish with exactly the same points, then all of the tied players will take on the last three holes all over again.

💸 Is There a Cut I Can Bet on Players Making or Missing?

Yes, there will be a cut at the midway point after day two and some bookmakers will open books on who makes this and who misses out.



ThePuntersPage Final Say

Often cited as the fifth major, The Players Championships offer up the largest purse in golf, upwards of $15 million. The winner, who will take home 18% of that amount, will also receive 80 points towards his world ranking, the largest share awarded other than in the majors where winners pick up 100 points. Because of this, The Players, as it is sometimes known, is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar and one where that all the top players flock to.