The Players Championship: Betting Guide

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 13: Phil Mickelson of the USA hits his second shot on the par 4, 18th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS held on the Stadium Course at The TPC Sawgrass, on May 13, 2007 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)Golf betting is a multi-million dollar industry, and the Internet has attracted even more punters throughout the globe. It is now possible to sit in the comfort of your own home not only to watch the Players Championship, but to place bets online on the outcome of the event while it is still being contested!

Golf is a game which tests the individual against the course, and it tests golfers against each other, so it is the perfect sport to bet on. Once you have all the relevant information about the specific course and the individual golfers, there are not many variables that can cause an upset.

There are two primary betting options available to the prospective punter:

Outright Picks – It is simply a matter of choosing the winner of the Players Championship. The odds for each golfer will differ according to their ranking, experience and overall success. The odds on Sergio Garcia claiming his second victory at Ponte Vedra Beach will be lower than the odds on an outsider winning the title in 2009. Garcia may well have odds of 2-1 for a win, whereas the odds on Boo Weekley, currently ranked 46th on the Official World Golf Ranking, will be appreciably higher, maybe even in the region of 20-1.

Thus, if you have bet £100 on Garcia winning his second, consecutive title at TPC Sawgrass, you will win £200 plus your original wager of £100. If, however, Boo Weekley causes the upset of the century and claims the win and you have been smart enough to put £100 on him, then you will be the proud recipient of £2000 plus your original bet.

Matchups – Here the ‘bookie’ offers odds on two golfers competing against each other head-to-head. One possible matchup for the Players Championship could be 2007 Masters winner and the number 16 on the Official World Golf Ranking, Zach Johnson versus Stewart Cink, currently ranked 21st. Consequently Johnson may be given odds of -120 and Cink +60. The punter will risk £120 for every £100 he wants to win on Johnson, and gets back £60 for every £100 he bets on Cink.

These are the primary types of bets available to the punter, but a lot of ‘bookies’ offer odds on almost anything, from closest to the pin, to the longest drive, to whether rain will interrupt play!

Now that you have looked at The Players Championship Betting Guide, get adventurous and predict the champion. For our hot picks, take a look at our Players Championship betting odds page, go online and place your bet.