Rickie Fowler To Land 'The Fifth Major' At The Players Championship Again

The unofficial 'fifth major' takes centre stage on the PGA Tour this week as The Players Championship will be live on Sky Sports from Thursday and we've got four tips for what is always a special occasion on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Florida...

11th May - 14th May OddsWon/LostBet
The Players Championship    
Tips Rickie Fowler (each way)    Best Bet @ 22 / 1  
Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 22 / 1  
Francesco Molinari first round leader (each way) @ 55 / 1  
Zach Johnson (each way) @ 150 / 1  

The Head Of The Market

Dustin Johnson heads here as a 15/2 favourite as he bids for a fourth win in five starts worldwide after the weather arguably denied him at the Wells Fargo last week, although a best effort of 28th from eight visits to Sawgrass ensures we will be leaving him alone at the prices.

Rory McIlroy (11/1) has fared a little better here as he has finished in the top-twelve in each of his past four visits, albeit he has never broken the top-five, and we wonder how much time he has had to practice following his recent nuptials.

Jordan Spieth (14/1) has twice missed the cut in two visits since tying 4th in this tournament in 2014 and 2008 winner, Sergio Garcia (18/1), makes his first appearance since his US Masters success at Augusta - we await to see how he performs with the 'major winner' mantle.

Jason Day (22/1) is the defending champion but his recent form doesn't really capture the imagination and we prefer to back a couple of other 22/1 chances...

Catch 22

Rickie Fowler won this event in 2015 but the pressure of defending told last year and we can expect him to be better for that experience at least. Fowler has been in excellent form of late as he has combined victory at The Honda Classic with five other top-sixteen finishes in six outings and he looks like a great bet on a course that he has excelled on previously.
Tip #1: Rickie Fowler (each way) @ 22/1 with Betfred.

Hideki Matsuyama hasn't finished in the top-ten since successfully defending his title at the Phoenix Open, where he was securing a fifth win in nine starts. The Japanese star's form certainly hasn't tailed off though and he should be ready to go again after taking a rest since his tie for 11th at The Masters.

Matsuyama has progressive form lines at Sawgrass, where he has gone 23-17-7 and we are happy to back him at 22/1.
Tip #2: Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 22/1 with Sky Bet.

The Longer Shots

Francesco Molinari is another with an improving record at Sawgrass as he has three top-tens in six visits, including in each of his last two, and he is finding his feet on the PGA Tour, with the Italian securing seven top-25 finishes so far this year.

Molinari has opened his last two tournaments with a 67 and a 66 before falling away in each and we are going to back him to make another fast start this week, with Betfred going 55/1 for Molinari to be first round leader.

He boasts a first round scoring average of 69.91 on the PGA Tour during 2017 and he should enjoy the best of the conditions on Thursday morning as he is one of the early starters.
Tip #3: Francesco Molinari first round leader (each way) @ 55/1 with Betfred.com.

Finally, veterans have often performed well in this tournament in the past and Zach Johnson looks massively over-priced at 150/1. The two-time major winner tied 18th at the Wells Fargo last time out and he has a fine record at Sawgrass, where he has missed just one cut in twelve visits, securing seven top-25s, including a runner-up effort behind Matt Kuchar from 2012, in the process.
Tip #4: Zach Johnson (each way) @ 150/1 with Betfred.

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Posted: Tuesday, 9th May 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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