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Johnson Leads THE PLAYERS Betting Lines

Looking like he’s shaken off the back injury that caused him to withdraw from the Masters last month, Dustin Johnson sits as the favorite on THE PLAYERS Championship odds this week.

Johnson is the +700 favorite on THE PLAYERS Championship betting lines, after he finished tied for second place at the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, North Carolina last week. That continued a strong run for Johnson, who had picked up victories in each of the Genesis Open, WGC Mexico Championship, and WGC Match Play Championship heading into the Masters. He’d also been set as the betting favorite on the odds to win the Masters.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, Johnson has finished in the top 10 in six of his last eight major tournaments, including a victory in last year’s U.S. Open. However, he’s struggled at THE PLAYERS in the past, and had to settle for a 28th-place result at the tournament last year.

Sitting second on the tournament odds this week is then Rory McIlroy at +1000, with the native of Northern Ireland also looking for his first win at THE PLAYERS. McIlroy has finished in the top 10 at the event three times in the past four years; however, and he turned in a solid performance at the Masters last month by finishing tied for seventh place at the major event.

Jordan Spieth then rounds out the top of the board for the tournament at +1200 odds to win THE PLAYERS. Spieth missed the cut at this event in both 2015 and 2016, and was inconsistent at the Masters with rounds of 75 bookending scores of 69 and 68 at Augusta.


Garcia, Matsuyama, Rahm Follow Odds Leaders

Sergio Garcia finally picked up an elusive major victory by claiming the Masters last month, and he also won THE PLAYERS Championship back in 2008. Garcia, up to No. 6 in the world golf rankings, is at +1800 to win the tournament this week. Along with his victory at this tournament Garcia has also finished in second place twice – at the 2007 and 2015 events.

Hideki Matsuyama, who finished tied for seventh at this tournament last year, is at +2000 on the odds for this week along with Jon Rahm, who was fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship last week. Rickie Fowler, the 2015 PLAYERS champion, is also at +2000 odds, while defending winner Jason Day joins Justin Rose and Justin Thomas at a betting line of +2500.

With 2009 winner Henrik Stenson at +3300, Brooks Koepka at +3500, and 2004 winner Adam Scott at +4000. Martin Kaymer, the 2014 winner, is at +5000 odds, while 2012 champion Matt Kuchar sits just behind him at +5500 odds to get the tournament win this week. Phil Mickelson, who won in 2007, is farther back at +6600 odds.


*Odds as of May 11, 2017


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