As the PGA Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass gets set to tee off tomorrow, most sportsbooks will have the usual big names favoured to win it at the top of their list. But as we have seen in past majors, it’s the unknowns that are coming up big.
Even though Tiger Woods is returning from injury and hasn’t won a major or played in a PGA event since the Masters, he is still favoured at 14:1 to the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Perhaps even more puzzling is that despite the fact that Woods hasn’t won anything in a year and a half, he’s still favoured at 20:1 to lead after the first round. I love Woods, but even I wouldn’t feel comfortable rolling the dice on him.
As always, behind Tiger is Phil Mickelson, who has been equally as disappointing with his play. When Woods began to fade everyone thought it would be Mickelson’s chance to shine. That didn’t happen how everyone thought it would.
Mickelson and Luke Donald are 16:1 favourites to win the Players Championship. Donald is an attractive pick, he’s played solid golf this year and has six top ten finishes under his belt including a tie for fourth place at Augusta.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is 40:1 to win it all while Aussie Adam Scott is listed at 33:1 to win the Players Championship.
If you have been paying attention to any of the PGA majors you will notice a number of glaring trends. Firstly, no one who is ranked number one has won anything. In fact, it’s starting to look like you can rule anyone in the top 100 out from winning.
Who will be the Charl Schwartzel of Players Championship at Sawgrass? Or will Woods finally make his return to greatness?