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Players Championship betting wide open

May 7, 2014

The Players Championship takes place this week with the biggest purse in golf of $10 million on the line at TPC Sawgrass. There are four absentees out of the top 50 players in the world including world number one and last year's winner Tiger Woods, along with Jason Day, Victor Dubuisson and Miguel Angel Jimenez, leaving the field wide open.

Outright betting

Rory McIlroy, who finished six behind JB Holmes at the Wells Fargo last week, is in a desperate hunt for silverware having only won once in the last 16 months, and the Northern Irishman is the 14/1 favourite with Paddy Power.

Adam Scott, the 2004 winner here, is just behind McIlroy in the betting at 18/1 to win on his first outing since he finished 14th in defence of his Masters title and prior to that a 3rd place at Bay Hill. Also priced at 18/1 is Matt Kuchar after having a string of top 10 finishes including a fifth at Augusta.

Place Only - 5 places

Having had a win here in 2008 beating Paul Goydos in a play-off, Sergio Garcia is priced at 22/1 for an outright win but following a string of near misses at this Florida course, a punt for a top 5 finish rather than outright seems the wiser option.  The Spanish golfer is 5/1 to place in the top 5.

Luke Donald also at 5/1 is an option that should not be overlooked for a top 5 finish having placed second place in 2005, fourth in 2011 and sixth in 2012 at Sawgrass.

Leader After Round 1

Having ranked 1 st in the All-Around stat at Quail Hollow last week, Justin Rose is making good progress after an injury-hit start to the season and he is priced at 33/1 to lead the way after the first round, a better option than full outright backing at 25/1 due to his poor record at Sawgrass with not a single top 20.

Henrick Stenson, also priced at 33/1 for first round leader, is a former winner of this event in 2009 as well as finishing third in 2006, tenth in 2008 and fifth last year.

Six place special - Paddy Power will be paying out on six places on all outright bets placed before the start of this week's Players Championship.

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