May 11th, 2016
Who to bet on at the Players Championship
David Lingmerth is a cracking dark horse
Words: The Spiv, AKA Nicholas Kevern Photography: Getty Images
It’s the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass this week and there are plenty of reasons to get excited! Often hailed as the fifth major, it shows with the entry list this week. The cream of men’s golf are all there. Jordan Spieth returns as does newly crowned Masters Champion Danny Willett. The so-called “Big Three” will all play but there are many knocking on the door to join this club. The season has produced many shock results and it may continue here. To put it mildly, it’s a tough one to predict.
However, one great thing about it is that there is plenty of excellent value to be had. Great player at high odds that could produce something special. So without further ado, here are the Spiv’s tips for the week.
Rickie Fowler 20/1 (BetVictor)
Defending champion at 20/1...well that must be worth looking at. Enters the Player’s in excellent form finishing in a tie for 4th at Wells Fargo last week. He would be disappointed that he could not convert his overnight lead on the final day but having said that he has shown that he ready to defend his title. Winless this year but seven top tens makes him a serious contender to repeat last year's success. At these odds, he is well worth a look.
Sergio Garcia 33/1 (888)
Like many in the field he has not played since the Masters but don’t let that put you off. Winner of this event back in 2008 and lost in last year’s playoff to Fowler. Garcia likes it here. He has had three top 10’s in the last three years and leads all time earnings leaderboard on this course. At 33/1, an Each Way is strongly recommended.
Branden Grace 40/1 (Ladbrokes)
Two wins this season on both the PGA and European Tours. He made amends following his missed cut at the Masters with victory at the RBC Heritage then followed that with a top 10 at the Texas Open. The World number 11 will be hoping to end the week in the top 10. This is his third visit to TPC Sawgrass but he is a much better player this time around.
Bill Haas 100/1 (Ladbrokes)
Finished in a tie for fourth here last year and a repeat of that could be likely. If so an Each Way will pay 25/1. Not a bad result if it happens. Failed to make the cut last week which has made his odds higher however before that he was consistently making top 25’s. Likes this course and at these odds, he is an excellent outsider.
David Lingmerth 110/1 (BetVictor)
Lingmerth is a club member so he knows what to do around here in terms of course management. He is also returning to some form. Best so far this season was a second place at the CareerBuilder. He is unpredictable but could find himself battling for a top ten spot. 110/1 Each Way is not as ridiculous as it sounds.