Players Championship: PGA Golf Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/10/18
The 2018 Players Championship
Players Championship: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (TPC at Sawgrass) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
We take another trip to Florida for the 2018 Players Championship, arguably the biggest event of the year outside of a major. The prize fund is massive, the field is loaded and while a victory here isn’t the same as the Masters or the upcoming US Open, a victory can put you in select company. This event debuted back in 1974 and only six players have won it more than once, so don’t be afraid to take some shots in the dark this week and go for some of the dark horses.
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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Henrik Stenson - Few golfers are in better form than Henrik Stenson, who has four top-10 finishes in his last six events, which includes a 19th place finish last week in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Stenson is first in driving accuracy percentage, first in greens in regulation percentage and third in scoring average. Stenson won the Players Championship back in 2009 and has finished in the top-20 in four of his last six appearances overall at the TPC at Sawgrass. There’s a whole lot to like this weekend with the 42-year-old from Sweden. Oh, did I mention you can get him with +3000 odds? Me likey.
Francesco Molinari - Francesco Molinari has finished in the top-25 in four of his last six events and could be that under the radar player who has won this tournament over the years. Molinari is a respectable 29th in greens in regulation percentage and has missed the cut just once in each of his last nine events. Molinari has also produced top-10 finishes in his last three appearances at the Players Championship, which includes a sixth place finish last year. Molinari hasn’t exactly been able to win big events, but there’s no denying his recent history at this tournament. Give me the Italian and +5500 odds.
Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar has played a lot of golf this season, and while he hasn’t exactly had that breakthrough finish, he’s consistently making the cut and finishing in the top-30 or so. Eventually Kuchar has to get over the hump as long as he keeps chipping away. Well, Kuchar did win the Players Championship in 2012 and finished third here back in 2016. Overall, Kuchar has finished 17th or better in three of his last five appearances at the TPC at Sawgrass. With +6600 odds, Kuchar may be worth a look.
Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama has burned me over the years and isn’t in good form at all. Matsuyama finished 76th last week in the Wells Fargo Championship and has had a lot of other blah performances to put it kindly. However, Matsuyama did finish in the top-20 in the Masters and has shown the ability to be competitive on the big stage. As for the Players Championship, Matsuyama has finished no worse than 23 in each of his four appearances here, which includes a seventh place finish in 2016. Again, this tournament has had a lot of funky winners over the years. Give me Matsuyama and my +3000 odds.
Kim Si-woo - There are only six players who have won this tournament more than once and nobody has ever won it back-to-back years. That should take Kim Si-woo off most betting cards. But are you really going to ignore the defending champion and +10000 odds? Si-woo not only won this tournament last year, but he had a top-25 performance back in 2016 as well. Si-woo also has top-25 finishes in three of his last four PGA events, which includes a runner-up finish in the RBC Heritage. Kim is in the thick of things on the last day and that’s all you can really ask for when trying to pick a golf winner. I’ll take a stab with these gigantic odds.