For the first time since 2006, golf’s fifth major will take place in March. As the eyes of the golfing world turn to TPC Sawgrass, a loaded field of the world’s best golfers will vie for their cut of the $12.5 million purse at The Players Championship. Who has the best odds and value going into this weekend? Read on as we give you some golf betting odds and lay out the top favorites and value picks to back in our betting preview of The Players Championship.
*All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook as of 3/12/19
The Favorites: Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy +1200
DJ and Rory share the title as co-favorites for the 2019 Players Championship. Johnson heads in having won his last start at the WGC-Mexico with McIlroy ending up in sixth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Both golfers have been in great form in 2019, with Johnson netting three top-10s including a win in four starts, while McIlroy has finished 4, 5, 4, 2, and 6 in his five starts in the new year. They’re two of the longest hitters on Tour, but at TPC Sawgrass they’ll need to hone in their accuracy off the tee. If they can do that, they’re going to be tough golfers to catch this weekend.
Other Dustin Johnson odds: +290 to finish Top 5, +145 to finish Top 10, +2600 to finish Round 1 Leader
Other Rory McIlroy odds: +260 to finish Top 5, +135 to finish Top 10, +2200 to finish Round 1 Leader
The Steady Performer: Francesco Molinari +2100
After an 8-under Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Francesco Molinari stunned the field to snag his third career PGA Tour win. Now the Italian enters the week tied with Brooks Koepka (+2100) for the fifth-best odds in the field. Although he didn’t make the cut in 2018, Molinari has been a constant toward the top of the leader board at the Players. In 2017, 2016, and 2014 he’s gone T6, T7, and T6. Riding a wave of good momentum off his win last weekend, watch for Molinari to be a hotly bet on name ahead of this weekend.
Other Francesco Molinari odds: +500 to finish Top 5, +270 to finish Top 10, +3400 to finish Round 1 Leader
The Mid-Tier Play: Adam Scott +3600
With quality finishes in each of the last three Players Championships, Adam Scott represents an intriguing play heading into the 2019 edition. Gifted the 15th-best odds along with Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Cantlay, Scott has finished T12, T6, and T11 in 2016, 2017, and 2018 at the Players. The Australian was a shock winner at the Players in 2004 and a 23-year-old and feels like a good bet and has a pair of Top 10s in his last four starts this year. Watch out for Scott to have a good weekend and find himself in contention at a course he’s comfortable at.
Other Adam Scott odds: +850 to finish Top 5, +430 to finish Top 10, +4800 to finish Round 1 Leader
The Defending Champion: Webb Simpson +4600
A runaway winner at the Players in 2018, Webb Simpson tied the 54-hole scoring record before winning by four strokes a year ago. The win snapped a four and a half year dry spell between wins with his previous title coming in October 2013 at the Shriners Open. Simpson also logged a T16 finish in 2017 at the Players Championship, and has two Top 10s in his last five starts overall. Dating back to 1974, the tournament has never had a repeat champion in its 45-year history, and Simpson is a major underdog to be the first to accomplish the feat. He’s got the same odds as big names such as Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar but if Simpson comes anywhere close to his 2018 efforts (his -18 total was the best score in 22 years at the tourney), he’ll be a damn near impossible competitor to get past this weekend.
Other Webb Simpson odds: +1000 to finish Top 5, +500 to finish Top 10, +5000 to be Round 1 Leader