Amateur and professional bettors are gearing up for the "fifth major" of golf, the 2019 Players Championship. TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will host the next PGA Calendar event. The first start times for the 2019 Players Championship are scheduled for Thursday at 7:40 am ET. The 17th green of the island is perhaps the most iconic spot of TPC Sawgrass, but the world's best golfers are waiting for the world's best golfers on every hole in the 7229-yard par 72 course. Sunny skies are expected Thursday and Friday, but intermittent showers are part of the weather forecast. Mother Nature could play a role. The last odds of the 2019 Players' Championship are Dustin Johnson's favorite at 12-1, followed closely by Rory McIlroy at 14-1 and Justin Thomas at 16-1. Former champions like Tiger Woods (25-1), Rickie Fowler (22-1) and Jason Day (35-1) are also on the field. Before you lock in your own 2019 Championship Player Selection or register for a DFS PGA tournament or cash game at sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, check out the latest PGAs of the proven SportsLine golf model.
SportsLine's prediction model, built by DFS professional Mike McClure, has allowed four of the last eight major teams to engage in the weekend and has called Tiger Woods' deep race into the PGA Championship. despite a long shot of 25-1. The model was developed early in the 2018-19 season. That was champion Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Mexico 2019 Championship, projected as one of the top two contenders from the start. He also correctly predicted the victory of Brooks Koepka (9-1) in the CJ Cup earlier this season. In addition, he correctly called the victory of Bryson DeChambeau (9-1) on seven shots at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. All who followed the model are huge.
Now that the field of the 2019 Players Championship is locked, SportsLine has simulated the event 10,000 times and the results have been surprising. The model calls for a shock: Woods, double winner of this event and 14 times big champion, does not even have the top 10.
Woods pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament last week, a win he has won eight times because of neck fatigue. The 43-year-old has suffered multiple injuries in recent years, but he has played very well, placing in the top 10 in three of his last five starts on the PGA Tour, including a win. at the 2018 circuit championship. And with a win this week, Woods would tie Jack Nicklaus for the most wins in the history of the Players Championship at three.
However, Woods' last win in the championship was in 2013. He also participated in this week's event by hitting only 64.29% of the fairways, which could cause big problems for TPC Sawgrass. It is not a good choice to win everything and the values are much better in this busy field.
Another surprise: Brooks Koepka, a long shot 22-1, made a good performance in the title. It is a target for those looking for a big salary.
The third-ranked golfer in the world is more and more likely to win the PGA after missing the cup last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But that created value for the same pro who finished second at the Honda Classic earlier this month and has already won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
Koepka's driving force is expected to pay dividends to TPC Sawgrass this week. He ranks 12th on the lap with an average of 310.2 yards per drive. This helped him reach 71.2% of the greens in terms of regulation, reaching eighth in the FedEx Cup standings and earning $ 2.59 million in winnings, the fourth total on the circuit this season. If he manages to keep his momentum this week, he will have a great chance to win a lot of birds and eagles and quickly climb the 2019 players' championship standings.
In addition, the model indicates that five other golfers with a score of 20-1 or higher for the 2019 players' championship constitute a good performance in the title. Anyone who supports these outsiders could hit hard.
So, who wins the 2019 championship? And what long shots are dizzying the world of golf? Check out the ratings of the 2019 Players Championship below and visit SportsLine now to view the Players Championship's proposed comprehensive leaderboard ranking that has featured winners of four major golfers.
Dustin Johnson 12-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Justin Rose 18-1
Brooks Koepka 22-1
Francesco Molinari 22-1
Rickie Fowler 22-1
Tiger Woods 25-1
Xander Schauffele 25-1
Tommy Fleetwood 28-1
Jon Rahm 28-1
Bryson DeChambeau 28-1
Sergio Garcia 33-1
Jason Day 35-1