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2015 Players Championship betting preview

2015 Players Championship betting preview

Often called the ‘fifth Major’, the Players Championship has the biggest prize fund in world golf with a cool $10 million up for grabs this week. Now in its 42nd year, a strong field heads to TPC Sawgrass including a strong European representation.

An Englishman has never won this tournament, so could this be the year? Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Players Championship.

Strong European contingent head to Florida for $10 million event

Another week, another win for Rory McIlroy. The world number one picked up his 10th PG Tour title last weekend by beating Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk and Gary Woodland to capture the WGC-Cadillac Matchplay title.

McIlroy was in excellent form all weekend and comes into this tournament on the back of his fourth place finish at the Masters. He’s finished in the top ten at the last two editions of this tournament and so is a worthy 7/1 favourite.

After a pretty mediocre start to 2015 it has been a terrific few weeks for Justin Rose. After missing a cut at the Valspar in March the world number six has been on an upward curve, finishing second at the Masters and winning the Zurich Classic.

Rose is a stunning 43 under par for his last 12 rounds of stroke play golf and finished fourth at this event last year. Oddly, an Englishman has never won the Players Championship but Rose could end that barren run at 20/1.

He may not be hitting the headlines every week but Lee Westwood has been going about his business this year in a quiet and effective fashion. The world number 23 already has six top 25 finishes across the world in 2015 including a T5 at the Malaysian Open and a T12 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.

TPC Sawgrass is a course that Westwood thrives on and he can boast three top ten finishes at this event since 2010. The Englishman is a 35/1 chance.

The American players to have on your golf betting coupon this week

Americans have won two of the last three editions of this tournament and there is a strong home field in Florida this week, led by the Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

The 21 year old has recorded top two finishes in four of his last five stroke play tournaments and has risen to number two in the world. His defeat to Lee Westwood at last week’s Matchplay means he finally had a few days to recover after a punishing schedule and he will be keen to better his T4 finish on his debut at this event in 2014. Spieth is available at 15/2.

Jim Furyk has been on a good run of form, finishing fourth at the Matchplay last weekend having ended his long wait for a PGA Tour title by winning the RBC Heritage a fortnight ago. His second place finish at the Players in 2014 was his best in 19 attempts and he could represent great value at 25/1.

Since missing the cut at the Honda Classic in early March it’s been a good few weeks for Dustin Johnson. The world number 8 is 31 under par for his last four stroke play events with a win and two top ten finishes among that excellent run.

Johnson has no record to speak of at this tournament – a T34 five years ago is by far his best effort – but on recent form he could be one to watch at 35/1.

While not Americans, there are two PGA Tour pros that are worth keeping an eye on this week. Hideki Matsuyama had recorded four consecutive top 25 finishes before being thrashed at the World Matchplay by Rory McIlroy last week. The 23 year old was fifth at the Masters and it could be his year at 30/1.

Adam Scott has been struggling to find his best form over the last few weeks but the 2004 Players champion has a good record at the course, which can be a huge advantage. The Australian recorded top 20 finishes at Sawgrass in 2012 and 2013 and looks a big price at 35/1.

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