The biggest PGA Tour event of the new season is about to tee off! The PLAYERS makes a return to early spring this year and the field is packed for what should be an exciting tournament at TPC Sawgrass. Tiger Woods is making his return to the links after pulling out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. But it’s not Woods at the top of the favorites list. That honor goes to Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

Johnson comes into THE PLAYERS, sometimes referred to as the 5th Major, after winning the World Golf Championships – Mexico two weeks ago. Woods is making his return following his withdrawal from the Arnie due to a slight neck injury described as a “stiff neck.” Woods rounds out the top players favorited by oddsmakers at Intertops through +2500.


Tiger: Neck 'not painful' entering The Players


 

Dustin Johnson+1200
Rory McIlroy+1200
Justin Thomas+1600
Rickie Fowler+2000
Justin Rose+2000
Francesco Molinari+2000
Brooks Koepka+2200
Jon Rahm+2500
Bryson Dechambeau+2500
Tiger Woods+2500

 

The surprising name not in the top-favorites is Webb Simpson who is defending PLAYERS Champion. Simpson’s victory at this event last season snapped a 4 1/2-year winning drought. The 33-year-old player from North Carolina tied the tournament’s 54-hole record of 63 on the way to a four-stroke win. That victory could have been larger if not for a double-bogey at the end when his ball slid into the water on the No. 18 hole. Simpson is +5000 heading into the opening round teeing off on Thursday.

Why the PLAYERS is Big!

The 5th Major? Possibly! THE PLAYERS has become a “must watch” tournament for many golf fans. The field is set by choosing from the top players in the sport. First, the top-fifty ranked players according to the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).


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Plus, the winner earns 80 points towards his OWGR ranking, 600 FedEx Cup points, a five-year PGA Tour exemption, a three-year Masters invitation, as well as three-year exemptions for the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. Oh yea, the winner pockets a cool $2.25 million of the $12.5-million purse, which is the largest in golf.

It helps that the PLAYERS has been worth watching over the years since everyone you want to see playing is there. It’s not like a smaller event where “Big Name” players take the weekend off. Here’s how the field is set.

•    Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking
•    Top 125 from previous season's FedEx Cup points list
•    Major champions from the past five years
•    Players Championship winners from the past five years
•    The Tour Championship winners from the past three years
•    World Golf Championship winners from the past three years
•    Memorial Tournament winners from the past three years
•    Arnold Palmer Invitational winners from the past three years
•    Senior Players champion from the prior year
•    Web.com Tour money leader from a prior season.
•    Money leader during the Web.com Tour Finals, if not the regular-season money leader.
•    Top 10 current year FedEx Cup points leaders
•    If there are any remaining positions or last-minute alternates due to a dropout, they are filled through current year FedEx Cup standings.

TPC Sawgrass by the Numbers

TPC Sawgrass, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is built on over 400 acres of property that utilizes the areas natural wetland features for visual beauty and as water hazards! Designer Pete Dye designed the course to take advantage of the natural setting with the thought in mind that no two consecutive holes would be played in the same direction. He incorporated doglegs going left and right to accomplish this task.



The course features tight fairways that are often bordered by water, aka wetlands, or exposed sandy soil with pockets of natural grass. The bunkers at TPC Sawgrass are deep with high banks. But they are not as formidable as they used to be. In 1982, following an event where players bad mouthed the design, Dye came back and made several adjustments to make the course more playable.

The feature hole is the par-3 No. 17 Hole which bears the name “Island Green” due to the fact it is actually a small island surrounded by water with only a short walkway connecting it to land.

Founded: 1974
Designer: Pete Dye, Alice Dye
Yardage: 7,189
Par: 72
Rating: 76.4
Slope: 155
Greens: Bermuda grass.

TV Coverage for 2019 PLAYERS

•    Thursday: 1:00-7:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Friday: 1:00-7:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Saturday: 2:00-7:00 pm ET - NBC
•    Sunday: 1:00-6:00 pm ET – NBC
•    Featured groups and holes streaming via PGA Tour Live.

Remaining odds for 2019 PLAYERS

Odds following players listed above.

 

Xander Schauffele+2500
Tommy Fleetwood+2800
Sergio Garcia+3300
Adam Scott+3300
Jason Day+3300
Hideki Matsuyama+4000
Patrick Cantlay+4000
Paul Casey+4000
Webb Simpson+5000
Henrik Stenson+5000
Marc Leishman+5000
Gary Woodland+5000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+5000
Ian Poulter+5000
Jordan Spieth+5000
Tony Finau+5000
Matt Kuchar+5000
Patrick Reed+6000
Phil Mickelson+6600
Lucas Glover+6600
Matthew Fitzpatrick+6600
Bubba Watson+6600
Cameron Smith+8000
Keegan Bradley+8000
Billy Horschel+8000
Si-Woo Kim+8000
Charles Howell III+8000
Louis Oosthuizen+8000
Matt Wallace+8000
Tyrrell Hatton+8000
Emiliano Grillo+10000
Keith Mitchell+10000
Byeong-Hun An+10000
Jason Kokrak+10000
Sung-Jae Im+10000
Daniel Berger+10000
Adam Hadwin+10000
Alex Noren+10000
Luke List+10000
Charl Schwartzel+10000
Zach Johnson+10000
Kevin Kisner+10000
HaoTong Li+12500
Jim Furyk+12500
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+12500
Branden Grace+12500
Michael Thompson+15000
Ryan Palmer+15000
Russell Knox+15000
J.B. Holmes+15000
Russell Henley+15000
Ryan Moore+15000
Chesson Hadley+15000
Martin Kaymer+15000
Kevin Na+15000
Cameron Champ+15000
Aaron Wise+15000
Shane Lowry+15000
Brandt Snedeker+15000
Jhonattan Vegas+15000
Chris Kirk+15000
Sung Kang+20000
Chez Reavie+20000
Jimmy Walker+20000
Thorbjorn Olesen+20000
Beau Hossler+20000
Patrick Rodgers+20000
Aaron Baddeley+20000
Scott Piercy+20000
Abraham Ancer+20000
Talor Gooch+20000
Charley Hoffman+20000
Brendan Steele+20000
Lucas Bjerregaard+20000
Bud Cauley+20000
Harold Varner+20000
JT Poston+25000
Andrew Putnam+25000
Danny Willett+25000
Trey Mullinax+25000
Scott Brown+25000
C T Pan+25000
Nick Watney+25000
Eddie Pepperell+25000
Danny Lee+25000
Austin Cook+25000
Martin Laird+25000
Kevin Tway+25000
Kyle Stanley+25000
JJ Spaun+25000
Vijay Singh+30000
Nick Taylor+30000
Brian Stuard+30000
Rory Sabbatini+30000
Patton Kizzire+30000
Kevin Streelman+30000
Brian Harman+30000
Anirban Lahiri+30000
Scott Stallings+30000
Sam Ryder+30000
Brian Gay+30000
Adam Long+30000
Harris English+30000
Stewart Cink+30000
Jason Dufner+35000
Vaughn Taylor+35000
Peter Uihlein+35000
Troy Merritt+40000
Martin Trainer+40000
Kelly Kraft+40000
Andrew Landry+40000
Scott Langley+40000
Denny McCarthy+40000
Ryan Armour+40000
Corey Conners+50000
Brandon Harkins+50000
Richy Werenski+50000
Tom Hoge+50000
Ollie Schniederjans+50000
Ted Potter+50000
Ryan Blaum+50000
Sam Saunders+50000
Joel Dahmen+50000
Bronson Burgoon+50000
Grayson Murray+50000
Satoshi Kodaira+50000
Brice Garnett+50000
John Huh+50000
Alex Cejka+50000
Seamus Power+50000
Tyler Duncan+50000
Dominic Bozzelli+50000
Michael Kim+75000

 

 

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