The Players Championship tees off this week in Florida, with the world’s best players looking to take down the infamous TPC Sawgrass.
Named “The Unofficial Fifth Major” The Players is the tournament every player wants to win. Some of the best players in the world have won recently, including Rory McIloy (2019), Jason Day (2016), and Tiger Woods (2013).
However, upsets are common in The Players. The likes of Craig Perks, Fred Funk, and Tim Clark have all lifted the trophy in the last 20 years.
It makes for a wide-open tournament and it all starts this Friday morning. We look at the best bets for the 2020 The Players Championship.
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The Players Championship Best Bet – Bryson DeChambeau
The 26-year-old isn’t the most-loved player on the Tour, but Sawgrass is a course he should be able to pick apart.
DeChambeau is known for his technical style of play, which is best-suited to the Florida swing, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. He finished fourth and quietly went about his business, which is a good sign for this week.
The five-time PGA Tour winner finished 20th behind Rory McIlroy last year, but he wasn’t far behind and he has only improved since then. He was runner-up at WGO Mexico two weeks ago, and although he has a couple of missed cuts this season, his form has been excellent.
He’s well worth a play at the odds.
Bet: Bryson DeChambeau ($21) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
The Players Championship Best Value – Justin Thomas Top 10
Justin Thomas is one of the best players in the world and his results speak for themselves. Thomas is coming off a sixth placing at the WGC Mexico, and having taken the last two weeks off, he’ll be ready to fire.
Thomas, the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year, has already won in 2020 when taking out the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
He has a game that suits TPC Sawgrass perfectly and his accuracy with his irons is key. If Thomas is dialed in with his irons, it would take a good performance to beat him.
Confidence reigns supreme with the 26-year-old, and we think he’s a great chance to finish in the top 10. Bookmakers are offering value odds for him to both win and finish in the top 10. He’s paying $17 to win the tournament and $2.75 for a top 10 result.
It’s a tough tournament but he rarely lets punters down.
Bet: Justin Thomas Top 10 ($2.75) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
The Players Championship Best Longshots – Tommy Fleetwood & Tony Finau
It has been tough for Tommy Fleetwood to win on the PGA Tour. He not only gave up a fourth-round lead at the Honda Classic, but he missed the cut last week.
However, he’s 10th in the World Rankings and his turn winning on the PGA Tour will come soon. It could come at The Players this week, as it’s a tournament that has been won by emerging players for years.
Typically, if you’re struggling to win, or finding it tough to win a major, The Players is ideal. It’s big enough to be considered as a major win, and it’s going to suit someone like Fleetwood, who has the class to win.
Look for the English pro to turn his form around from last week and produce a big effort.
Tony Finau is another player coming off a missed cut at the Arnold Palmer. However, Sawgrass is a completely different course and one Finau should enjoy.
The American showed his form when finishing second at the Phoenix Open behind Webb Simpson, losing in a playoff. If he can repeat that effort, the relaxed 30-year-old goes close this week.
Finau and Fleetwood are $3.50 and $2.50 respectively for a top 20 finish. They’re both top 20 players, so they should give punters a good sight.
Bet: Fleetwood ($26) & Finau ($51) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now