Who Will Win The Players Championship?

by WagerHome Blog on March 9, 2021

Other than Pebble Beach and Augusta National, there is no more recognizable American golf course than the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The 17th hole “island green” is as iconic as any par-3 in the world.

It’s also the site of one of the most competitive tournaments anywhere in the world, The Players Championship. In fact, the Stadium Course was constructed specifically to host this event and its collection of the best golfers in the world.

There was no champion in 2020, as the event was canceled after Hideki Matsuyama tied the course record with a first-round 63. So the current defending champion is 2019 winner Rory McIlroy.

He is one of 10 total Players Champions in the field this weekend, along with 113 total PGA Tour winners, which is tied for the most in any tournament in 21 years.

This field also has 29 of the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings and 49 of the top 50 players in the World Golf Rankings.

This field is stacked.

The Players Championship Favorites

  • Dustin Johnson (+1100)
  • Rory McIlroy (+1400)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1400)
  • Jon Rahm (+1600)
  • Xander Schauffele (+2000)
  • Justin Thomas (+2000)
  • Webb Simpson (+2200)
  • Collin Morikawa (+2200)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+2200)
  • Tony Finau (+2500)
  • Jordan Spieth (+2500)
  • Viktor Hovland (+2500)

Dustin Johnson is the favorite and the world’s top-ranked player, but he is not one of the 10 players who have won this tournament before. In fact, he’s played in this event 12 times but only finished in the top 10 once, a fifth-place finish in 2019.

Along with his win in 2019, McIlroy has three other top 10 finishes. He is currently ranked eighth in the world and has finished in the top 10 in each of the previous two weeks.

Webb Simpson was the champion here in 2018, but the rest of his history at The Players is checkered. He’s missed the cut four times and finished over par in two other tournaments.

However, he did just finish sixth at the WGC-Workday Championship two weekends ago.

the players

Not on this list, but at +3500, is Matsuyama, who did have that incredible start to the tournament last year before the rest of it was canceled. Matsuyama is ranked 23rd in the world and finished eighth here in 2019 and seventh in 2016.

He hasn’t been in the top 10 in any event since November, but with a good history at Sawgrass, Matsuyama is a good value bet.

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Betting Favorites to Win 2021 Genesis Invitational

by WagerHome Blog on February 17, 2021

After a Pebble Beach Pro-Am (minus the amateurs) that had a relatively weak field, in that none of the world’s Top 10 players were in attendance, this weekend’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades features a packed lineup of superstars.

Seven of the world’s top 10 players are in the field, including, in order of ranking, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau. This group includes the reigning FedEx Cup champion in Johnson and the winners of all three majors that were played in 2020 – Johnson (Masters), Morikawa (PGA), and DeChambeau (U.S. Open).

We’ve also got an impressive 19 former Riviera champions in the field, making this one of the most competitive non-major tournaments in golf we’ll see this year.

Favorites to Win Genesis Invitational

  • Dustin Johnson (+550)
  • Jon Rahm (+1200)
  • Rory McIlroy (+1200)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1200)
  • Justin Thomas (+1400)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1600)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+1600)
  • Brooks Koepka (+2200)
  • Tony Finau (+2500)
  • Daniel Berger (+2800)

Johnson was a winner here in 2017, and the world’s No. 1 ranked player is the favorite to win again. DeChambeau, who hasn’t played in more than six weeks, finished tied for fifth here last year with four rounds under par.

Riviera is known for its small greens, so being a heavy hitter isn’t the most important attribute. But he obviously handled the course well in 2020.

Another notable favorite on this board is Patrick Cantlay, who just finished tied for third at Pebble Beach. The winner of Pebble Beach, Daniel Berger, rounds out the top 10 at Riviera, paying +2800 to be a back-to-back PGA Tour winner.

Other Solid Bets

Bubba Watson is a three-time winner at Riviera – 2014, 2016, and 2018 – and is paying +4000 in 2021. His every-other-year win streak was broken here in 2020, but he obviously has a game that is built for this course.

Last year’s winning 72 holes at the Genesis Invitational from Adam Scott was a repeat of his victory here 15 years earlier, though his win in 2005 was unofficial since it came on just 36 holes. He is paying +3300.

California native Rickie Fowler is back at Riviera for the first time since 2014. He’s all the way down at +10000.

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Jordan Speith, who just missed his first PGA Tour win since 2017 at Pebble Beach, where he led at 36 and 54 holes, is paying +3000.

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Favorites, Darkhorses, Longshots to win Pebble Beach Pro-Am

by WagerHome Blog on February 9, 2021

We do now know that the world’s No. 1-ranked player, Dustin Johnson, will not win this weekend’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He withdrew from the tournament Monday night, leaving the popular event without any of the world’s top 10 players. Patrick Cantlay, at No. 11, is the highest-ranked player in the field.

So with Johnson out, who is the most likely to win on Sunday? And who is the best candidate to sneak up on the rest of the field?

The Favorites

  • Patrick Cantlay (+700)
  • Daniel Berger (+1400)
  • Paul Casey (+1600)
  • Jason Day (+2000)
  • Will Zalatoris (+2000)
  • Jordan Spieth (+2200)
  • Francesco Molinari (+2500)
  • Si Woo Kim (+3000)
  • Sam Burns (+3300)
  • Cameron Davis (+3300)
  • Max Homa (+3300)
  • Kevin Streelman (+3300)

With the absence of the top players, this really does become Cantlay’s tournament to lose. The California native has never won at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he does have a top 10 finish, and last year, he finished tied for 11th place at -8.

He finished in second place at The American Express in La Quinta in January. He also plays very well on a shorter course like Pebble Beach.

Daniel Berger finished in fifth place at Pebble Beach last year and was seventh at the Sony Open in January. Paul Casey just finished in eighth at The American Express and was the runner-up at Pebble Beach in 2019.

Jason Day has never won at Pebble Beach, but he was a runner-up in 2018 and has six top 10 finishes at the event in his last eight appearances.

Darkhorses and Longshots

Looking a little further down that table, you want to keep an eye on Si Woo Kim. He was the winner at The American Express in La Quinta and paid a very handsome +5500.

At +3300 here, and considering he finished tied for fourth place in 2019 at Pebble Beach, Kim is an enticing play.

pebble beach pro-am

Phil Mickelson has had a tough last year of golf, but he’s the all-time earnings leader at Pebble Beach, and he’s won this tournament five previous times. He’s paying +4500.

For an even bigger longshot, take a look at Brandt Snedeker at +8000. He’s earned those long odds with three missed cuts in his last four tournaments, and the 40-year-old isn’t the player he used to be.

But he did win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2013 and 2015, he has loads of experience on this course, and he still has a good enough short game to make a run.

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Farmers Insurance Open: Betting Favorites at Torrey Pines

by WagerHome Blog on January 27, 2021

Not all of the sports news and betting focus is on the Super Bowl these next two weeks. The PGA Tour tees it up at Torrey Pines for one of the more important January tournaments in quite some time, the Farmers Insurance Open.

What makes this year’s Farmers Insurance Open so important is that the picturesque San Diego golf course is also the site of the U.S. Open in June. So if players are looking for a pre-Open trial run, and if sports bettors are looking to spot the early Open favorites, this is the tournament to watch. The event tees off on January 28 and runs through January 31.

Farmers Insurance Open: Current Odds to Win

 

  • Jon Rahm (+650)
  • Rory McIlroy (+800)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1200)
  • Tony Finau (+2000)
  • Harris English (+2200)
  • Patrick Reed (+2500)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (+2500)
  • Viktor Hovland (+3000)
  • Matthew Wolff (+3300)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+3300)
  • Marc Leishman (+3300)
  • Sungjae Im (+3300)

Because of the location, this weekend’s field has 10 of the top 20 in the World Golf Rankings. Everyone wants to take a crack at Torrey Pines, which will have both the North Course and South Course in play this weekend. When the U.S. Open is here in June, it will only be played on the 7,700-yard South Course.

Jon Rahm is the natural favorite with three Top 5 finishes at the Farmers. He finished tied for seventh at the Sentry Tournament of Champions three weeks ago.

Rory McIlroy is back in the States for the first time since the Masters in November, and he’s near the top of the favorites board. He just finished third at the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi. Last year at the Farmers, he finished tied for third, following up a fifth-place finish in 2019.

Xander Schauffele is a California native, but he’s missed the cut in four of the five Farmers Insurance Opens he’s played.

 

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open: Others to Watch

Brooks Koepka is just outside of the top group of favorites, paying +3500 at the Farmers this weekend. It’s not a tournament he has played often, with a missed cut in 2017 and 41st place finish in 2015.

Keep an eye on John Huh. He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2012, but he does have a pair of top 25 finishes at the Farmers. He’s a long shot at +12500, but he has proven that he can handle the course at Torrey Pines.

All four current reigning major championship holders – Bryson DeChambeau (U.S. Open), Collin Morikawa (PGA), Shane Lowry (2019 Open Championship), and Dustin Johnson (Masters) – are sitting out this tournament.

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