Often called ‘The Players' for short, The Players Championship is a yearly golf tournament on the PGA Tour played at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. With a $12.5 million prize fund and the participation of the top 50 players in the world rankings, this championship puts up the biggest purse in professional golf and is often referred to as the unofficial fifth major.

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The Players takes place on the Players Stadium Course at the world-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. 

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 victor emerges.

The Players Championship 2022 is due to tee off at the TPC Sawgrass on March 10, running through to March 13.

Players Championship Betting Odds 2022

PlayerOddsBookmaker
Collin Morikawa
10/1Paddy Power
Justin Thomas
11/1BoyleSports
Jon Rahm12/1Unibet
Rory McIlroy16/1Coral
Viktor Hovland18/1888sport
Patrick Cantlay22/1bet365
Scottie Scheffler22/1Betfair
Xander Schauffele25/1Betway
Hideki Matsuyama28/1Paddy Power
Cameron Smith28/1Betfair
Daniel Berger30/1William Hill
Dustin Johnson35/1bet365
Matt Fitzpatrick35/1William Hill
Brooks Koepka40/1Parimatch
Sungjae Im40/1Paddy Power

Players Championship Betting Tips & Predictions 2022

Excitement is building for The Players Championship at the time of writing, with the tournament widely regarded as the unofficial fifth Major. Staged at TPC Sawgrass, there are so many iconic holes at this Florida course, including the 17th, which, due to being surrounded by water, is one of the most daunting par-3s on the PGA Tour.

One man who will be full of confidence ahead of the blue-riband event will be Scottie Scheffler. The American secured his second title in three starts last weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after shooting a total of -5, finishing one ahead of Viktor Hovland, Billy Horschel, and Tyrrell Hatton. Scheffler is a man who is calm under pressure, and he could be in contention come the weekend. Whether he will be in the winner’s circle is another thing; however, he is trading at 22s with leading bookmakers, so he can expect at least a top-10 finish.

With Bryson DeChambeau pulling out of The Players due to injury, this could open the door for some to stake their claim. Hovland has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, and although he ran out of steam at The Arnold Palmer Invitational, he has a wise head on his shoulders and is one of the most consistent drivers on the Tour. Although he is looking for his first win on the PGA Tour this year, he has been in and around the lead virtually every weekend. He will be working very hard at the driving range this week, but the Norwegian could be crowned the champion, tucked in behind Rory McIlroy at the 18/1 mark by the bookies.

Elsewhere, we thought McIlroy would be stepping into the winner’s circle last week after a flying start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But after an electric first round, where he shot a seven-under-par score of 65, the Ulsterman went backwards, and had to settle for T13 following a four-over-par of 76 on Sunday to finish on +1. We would like to see him get a spring in his step before The Masters next month, but he may have to settle for a top-20 finish again this week.

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5 Reasons to Bet on the Players Championship

  1. It offers the highest prize pool in golf.

  2. Unofficially, it's golf’s 5th major.

  3. The event sees PGA golf at its finest.

  4. It’s a good form guide for the upcoming US Masters.

  5. It's also one of the highlights of the East Coast Swing.

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Golf betting, either online or on the high street, is hugely popular among punters. Not only is it a slow-building sport which easily lends itself to in-play betting, but there are also 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, with Players championship odds usually offering a lot of value in particular.

Below, we've listed and described the most popular betting markets available for this tournament. For further guidance, check out our detailed list of golf terms explained.

Outright Tournament Winner

This market presents, without question, the most popular way to bet on golf, just as it does for any other sport. When you place an outright winner bet, you are simply backing a player to win the tournament. 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.

Best Players Championship betting site for Outright Tournament Winner: BoyleSports

First Round Leader

For this market, 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.

Best Players Championship betting site for First Round Leader: SportNation

Top 10, Top 20 Finish

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, as it acts like a long-range each-way bet. Of course, you won't get a fraction of the outright odds, but you can select players that you know are not good enough to win, or who can even claim a place among the highest finishers but are still capable of making the top 10 or 20.

Best Players Championship betting site for Top Place Finish: Betfair

Head-To-Head Betting

Another option when it comes to betting on golf is to consider head-to-head match betting. This market simply pits two players up against each other, with the bettor’s job to correctly predict which player will come out on top and shoot the lowest score out of the two, thus finishing higher up the leaderboard. It is important to note that you are not selecting the outright winner of the tourney when you place this bet – you're merely selecting a player within a nominated pair to perform better than his competitor.

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 was 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. After three years over here, 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.

Recent Players Championship Winners

YearChampionNationality
2021Justin ThomasUnited States
2020Cancelled after round one due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland
2018Webb SimpsonUnited States
2017Kim Si WooSouth Korea
2016Jason DayAustralia
2015Rickie FowlerUnited States
2014Martin KaymerGermany
2013Tiger WoodsUnited States
2012Matt KucharUnited States

Players Championship Key Stats

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    In doing so, the South Korean surpassed Adam Scott, who won in 2004 at the age of 24.

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    Fred Funk became the tournament's oldest winner in 2005, when he won aged 48 .

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    There are only six multiple-time winners of The Players: Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington and Jack Nicklaus.

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    With three wins, Jack Nicklaus has more victories at The Players Championship than any other golfer.

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    In 1997, Steve Elkington won by seven strokes, the widest margin of victory ever recorded at The Players.

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    Justin Leonard shot three eagles at The Players Championship in 2000.

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    With 26 birdies in 1994 at The Players Championship, Fuzzy Zoeller holds the record for most birdies in a single tournament.

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    Fred Couples twice hit a hole-in-one in this event: once in 1997 and again in 2006.

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    20th – 26th February 2023, The Honda Classic: Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens is the setting for this one, where the focus is on holes 15, 16 and 17, otherwise known as the Bear Trap, three of the toughest holes on the entire tour.

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    23rd – 27th March 2022, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: There are four annual World Golf Championships where all of the golf tours come together, and this is the second of them. It takes place in Austin, Texas, almost a month after the Honda Classic.

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    4th – 10th April 4-10 2022, The Masters: Golf’s most prestigious event, the US Masters takes place annually at the Augusta National in Georgia, USA, and is the first major event of the year. Most sportsbooks offer odds on the US Masters all year round.

Often cited as the unofficial fifth major, The Players Championships offer up the largest amount of prize money 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 that attracts all top players in the sport.

We believe that the best betting sites for Players Championship betting are bet365 and NetBet.

The Players Championship will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

No, it isn’t one of the four majors. However, it is often considered to be the fifth unofficial one, with a prize pool to match its size.

There is a jaw-dropping $15,000,000 in total, which is even more than the US Open. There have also been indications that this pool might increase by another $5,000,000 this year, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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

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.

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

WRITTEN BY Jeremy Sant Fournier View all posts by Jeremy Sant Fournier

If there’s one thing Jeremy loves, it’s sports. A football fanatic at heart, Jeremy can always been found watching, playing or talking about sports. It’s in his blood, and with a keen interest in sports betting, sports writing is a match made in heaven.

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