The unofficial fifth major of the golf season is the PLAYERS Championship. The signature event for the players on the PGA Tour takes place annually at TPC Sawgrass. Last year’s tournament was abruptly stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve got a huge prize pool for this tournament and this is one of the events that usually brings out all of the best. The prize purse is up to $15 million for this event now with $2.7 million for the winner. So, yeah, a lot of guys want that cheddar and they’ll do anything that they can to make the cut and get a paycheck out of this event. We’ll put together a preview and some picks for this one with odds from BetAnySports, as we’ll try a new book here to see if we can find some good numbers in this field.

The Field

Speaking of the field, there are some important benchmarks that need to be reached in order to be part of the field for the PLAYERS Championship. A field of 144 is on hand, so this one is a little bit smaller than a traditional tournament. Winners, top guys in the points standings, major champions, and the best of the Korn Ferry Tour are among those that will look to conquer the Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. Brooks Koepka is one name noticeably absent after withdrawing from the field. Anirban Lahiri took his place. Certainly we’ll be missing Tiger Woods in the field for a long time. Otherwise, just about all of the game’s top players will tee it up this week.

Course Profile

TPC Sawgrass puts a little bit more emphasis on driving accuracy than what we typically see at a PGA Tour event. This is a par 72 that plays under 7,200 yards. Distance is still important and just about all courses seem to be set up for distance these days, but the Stadium Course is more about hitting the ball where it needs to be hit. The fairways can be narrow at Sawgrass and most of them are lined by rough patches that are blocked out from the green or hazards. Depending on how thickly cut the rough is, it can be very hard to cut, draw, and fade irons, which will be required to hit some of the green complexes. Guys that play from the short grass are going to be in good shape here. You’ll sacrifice a little distance for accuracy if you can help it.


Yay or Neigh?

In terms of our course form data breakdown, we have a lot of it for this event, which has been held at TPC Sawgrass every year since 1982 and at Sawgrass dating back to 1977. We did not get a full tournament last year, as play was ended after the first round, so Rory McIlroy is still technically the reigning champion from his one-shot win over Jim Furyk back in 2019. Other winners in the field in order of year are Webb Simpson, Si Woo Kim, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott. That is a pretty strong list. We have not seen many instances in which players get lucky to win this thing. They are usually among the best in the world or are in one of those big form cycles. Day actually has four top-10 finishes here to go with that win back in 2016. Garcia’s win came all the way back in 2008, but he’s got three other top-10 finishes and was in the top 25 last year. Rory has three other top-10 finishes to go with that 2019 win. Simpson has three straight top-20 finishes with his 2018 win. Furyk is a two-time runner-up. Fowler has a runner-up to go with his win, which remains the biggest win of his career and looks like it will remain that way for the foreseeable future. As far as others that have regularly performed well here, Francesco Molinari has four top-10 finishes here since 2010. Hideki Matsuyama has two top-10 finishes and five in the top 25 out of six starts. Tommy Fleetwood has finished fifth and seventh the last two years. Surprisingly, Dustin Johnson has not played super well here and his fifth-place finish in 2019 is actually his best. Similarly, Tyrrell Hatton has missed consecutive cuts here.

Handicap & Picks

You have to look at a guy like Xander Schauffele in events like this. Schauffele is usually at his best in the toughest fields and this is definitely a tough field. He was one of three runners-up back in 2018. His price is pretty depressed because he keeps racking up top-10 finishes and playing well, but this is the type of course for a guy like him. He’s a technically sound player that maybe doesn’t hit it as far as some of the other young guns, but he excels in other areas. It is no surprise that guys like Simpson, Furyk, and Kevin Kisner have played well here. Those are guys that roll the rock well, but also hit a lot of fairways. Brendon Todd is another guy that hits a ton of fairways. He may not outlast the overall strength of this field, but Todd is a guy I’d take a chance on at a long shot price and also consider from a prop standpoint with a top-10 or top-five finish number. My favorite play this week is Sungjae Im. Im has been outstanding off the tee this season. He’s seventh in SG: Off-the-Tee and 11th in driving accuracy. He’s consistently been in the hunt and he’s just waiting to break through. With the strength of this field, we get a little bit better of a price on him and that’s good enough for me in the mid +4000s. Im missed the cut back in 2019, but he’s a much, much better player two years later. Tommy Fleetwood is also a guy I am strongly considering at +3300. Coverage of the PLAYERS Championship will be on Golf Channel and NBC.



Dustin Johnson 1050
Bryson DeChambeau 1275
Jon Rahm 1380
Rory McIlroy 1450
Xander Schauffele 1950
Justin Thomas 1950
Collin Morikawa 2000
Webb Simpson 2000
Patrick Cantlay 2200
Viktor Hovland 2200
Tony Finau 2500
Jordan Spieth 2500
Hideki Matsuyama 3300
Daniel Berger 3300
Tommy Fleetwood 3300
Tyrrell Hatton 3300
Patrick Reed 3300
Scottie Scheffler 3500
Matthew Fitzpatrick 4000
Paul Casey 4500
Sungjae Im 4500
Jason Day 4500
Joaquin Niemann 5000
Cameron Smith 5000
Adam Scott 5500
Will Zalatoris 5500
Louis Oosthuizen 5500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 6600
Jason Kokrak 6600
Harris English 6600
Billy Horschel 7000
Abraham Ancer 7000
Lee Westwood 7000
Max Homa 7000
Sergio Garcia 7000
Corey Conners 8000
Francesco Molinari 8000
Justin Rose 9000
Russell Henley 10000
Sam Burns 10000
Lanto Griffin 10000
Kevin Na 10000
Marc Leishman 12500
Rickie Fowler 12500
Ryan Palmer 12500
Si Woo Kim 12500
Kevin Kisner 12500
Ian Poulter 12500
Chris Kirk 12500
Cameron Tringale 12500
Carlos Ortiz 12500
Cameron Davis 12500
Bubba Watson 12500
Brendon Todd 15000
Branden Grace 15000
Alex Noren 15000
Keegan Bradley 15000
Talor Gooch 15000
Shane Lowry 15000
Matt Kuchar 15000
Robert MacIntyre 17500
Kevin Streelman 17500
Sebastian Munoz 17500
Doug Ghim 17500
Emiliano Grillo 17500
Byeong Hun An 17500
Charley Hoffman 17500
Andrew Putnam 17500
Brendan Steele 20000
Brian Harman 20000
Bernd Wiesberger 20000
Harold Varner III 20000
Henrik Norlander 20000
Henrik Stenson 20000
Gary Woodland 20000
Jhonattan Vegas 20000
Patton Kizzire 20000
Ryan Moore 20000
Russell Knox 20000
Wyndham Clark 20000
Victor Perez 20000
Luke List 20000
Mackenzie Hughes 20000
Matt Jones 20000
Phil Mickelson 20000
Richy Werenski 20000
Maverick McNealy 20000
Zach Johnson 20000
Matthew NeSmith 22500
Kyle Stanley 25000
Lucas Glover 25000
J.T. Poston 25000
James Hahn 25000
Dylan Frittelli 25000
Danny Willett 25000
Cameron Champ 25000
Charl Schwartzel 25000
Charles Howell III 25000
Chez Reavie 25000
Adam Hadwin 25000
Aaron Wise 25000
Adam Long 30000
Cameron Percy 30000
Brandt Snedeker 30000
Doc Redman 30000
Keith Mitchell 30000
Joel Dahmen 30000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 30000
Martin Laird 30000
Patrick Rodgers 30000
Nick Taylor 30000
Peter Malnati 30000
Tom Hoge 30000
Tom Lewis 30000
Rory Sabbatini 30000
Sepp Straka 30000
Michael Thompson 35000
Nate Lashley 35000
Scott Piercy 35000
C.T. Pan 35000
Danny Lee 40000
Denny McCarthy 40000
Graeme McDowell 40000
Hudson Swafford 40000
Adam Schenk 40000
Pat Perez 40000
Mark Hubbard 40000
Scott Stallings 40000
Sam Ryder 40000
Stewart Cink 40000
Vaughn Taylor 40000
Brian Stuard 47500
Brice Garnett 50000
Bo Hoag 50000
Andrew Landry 50000
Jimmy Walker 50000
Jason Dufner 50000
Anirban Lahiri 50000
Austin Cook 50000
Sung Kang 50000
Troy Merritt 50000
Tyler Duncan 50000
Tyler McCumber 50000
Ryan Armour 50000
Robert Streb 50000
Robby Shelton 50000
Scott Brown 55000
Beau Hossler 60000
Harry Higgs 60000
Brian Gay 60000
Xinjun Zhang 65000
Jim Herman 75000
Jerry Kelly 100000
Scott Harrington 100000