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The Players Championship betting tips & predictionsPlayers Championship betting tips & predictionsThe Players Championship began in 1974 and it is the flagship event on the PGA Tour. It is often referred to as the unofficial “fifth major” due to its prestige.

The tournament offers the highest prize fund of any event on the PGA Tour. The TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass was constructed in 1980 specifically for the purpose of hosting this event and has been the tournament’s home since 1982.

TPC Sawgrass is a Pete Dye design that requires an accurate game. It is a standard issue Par 72 (36-36) that can stretch 7,215 yards. The iconic Par 3 17th, with its dramatic island green, is one of the most recognised holes in golf. It is a fine line between success and failure on this hole and can often dictate the outcome of the tournament.

In 2006 all the tees, fairways and greens were stripped and new drainage, irrigation and sub-air systems were installed. The result is that the firmness of the smaller than average sized greens can be controlled in any weather conditions.

Course experience around TPC Sawgrass is essential and recent champions required numerous appearances prior to their victories. Winners here tend to finish in the Top 10 for Greens in Regulation as well as featuring strongly for Total Driving. This permutation tells you that the course is a good test of golf that suits ball strikers. History also tells us that scoring on the set of four Par 5s is crucial. Scrambling is also a key statistics to consider this week.

Last year, Webb Simpson captured the Players Championship and win his fifth PGA Tour title. Simpson was seven shots clear after the third round which is the largest 54-hole margin in the tournament’s history. He carded a final round +1 (73) which was enough to get the job done with four shots to spare. It was his first win on Tour since October 2013.

“I didn’t have my best stuff but it was good enough.”

– Webb Simpson

Simpson’s putting delivered almost two-thirds of his strokes gained on the field average for the week. He finished first in Strokes Gained Putting gaining 9.368 on the field. He was also 1st for Driving Accuracy, 71st for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 3rd for Putts per GIR.

In 2017, Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest winner of The Players Championship at 21 years of age. He was the only player to go bogey free in the final round closing with a -3 (69) for a three stroke victory over Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen.

Kim finished 2nd in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green, gaining a massive 14.471 strokes on the field average for the tournament. He also finished the week T15 for Driving Accuracy, T10 for Driving Distance, T27 for GIR and 37th in Strokes Gained Putting.

The 2016 champion, Jason Day, captured the Players Championship for his third win of 2016. His impressive four-shot victory was driven by gains in all areas of his game. Putting contributed 34 percent of his total strokes gained on the field, with approach shots accounting for 31 percent and short game shots another 23 percent.

In 2015, Rickie Fowler, closed with four birdies and an eagle in his final six holes for the best finish in Players Championship history. Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner matched Fowler at -12 for a three-hole aggregate score playoff.

Garcia was eliminated after the three holes but Fowler and Kisner could not be separated. They played the 17th for a sudden death playoff which Fowler birdied for his first PGA Tour victory in three years. For the tournament, approach shots contributed 50 percent of Fowler’s total gain against the field with putting contributing another 25 percent.

This week, what a player does after he hits his tee shot is what counts.

The PLAYERS Championship Betting Tips 2019

Ian Poulter golf betting tipsIan Poulter 50/1 (E/W) – a regular at the PLAYERS, his best finish in the recent past is a T2 in 2017. Followed up with a T11 in last year’s edition of the tournament. Has 5 x Top 25’s from 6 starts this season including a T3 in the WGC Mexico Championship and a T23 in last week’s API. Weak putting stats puts him just outside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis. In contrast to his putting the rest of his game is on-song. He is 22nd on Tour for SG: Tee-To-Green and 10th for SG: Around-The-Green. If he sees a few putts drop he will be dangerous. Arriving off the back of solid performances and will relish the challenge that this week presents from both a course and field depth perspective.
Lucas Glover golf betting tipsLucas Glover 66/1 (E/W) – finished T6 at Sawgrass in the 2017 edition of the PLAYERS. His Current Form is what puts him on this week’s radar. Outside of his MC at the WMPO he has finished no worse than T17 in 8 starts. His last three results read T7 (AT&T Pebble Beach), T4 (Honda) and a T10 in last week’s API. His new found form with the flat-stick puts him comfortably 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 4th on Tour for both GIR and Scoring Average. Although not a prolific winner he is hard to ignore based on skill set and form. Remains as consistently strong as anyone this week. Gets the nod at very inviting each way odds.


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