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2018 Players Championship Odds: Tournament Betting Lines, Field Analysis

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 19:   Si Woo Kim of Korea plays his shot from the fifth tee during the first round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on April 19, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Last year at TPC Sawgrass, betting favorite Dustin Johnson ended up tying for 12th with Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk and Bernd Wiesberger, with then-21-year-old Si Woo Kim stunning the field at The Players Championship to become the youngest player to win the tournament.

This year, Kim is one of the biggest long shots on the betting board at +7500 (wager $100 to win $7,500) on The Players Championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. No golfer has ever repeated at the event.

Kim topped veterans Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes a year ago for the second of his two career wins on the PGA Tour, as he also won the Wyndham Championship in 2016. He went on to tie for 13th at the U.S. Open for his best-ever finish in a major and recently lost the RBC Heritage last month in a playoff.

While the odds are certainly against Kim repeating, four others are listed as co-favorites this week at +1400, including 2016 winner Jason Day, who is coming off a victory in the Wells Fargo Championship. Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth join Day in that group, and none of them have previously won The Players Championship.

Thomas currently leads the FedEx Cup standings with 1,807 points, while Day is second with 1,418. Phil Mickelson sits in third place with 1,348 points, and he won The Players Championship by two strokes over Sergio Garcia back in 2007.

Mickelson is +3300 to win it again, while Garcia is right behind him and Tiger Woods (also +3300) at +3500. Garcia won it the following year in 2008, and Woods remains one of five two-time winners (2001 and 2013) behind three-time champion Jack Nicklaus. Woods is set at -300 odds to make the cut on The Players Championship betting props.

In addition, Johnson is another top contender on the golf odds again this year along with 2015 winner Rickie Fowler at +1800, followed by Jon Rahm (+2200), 2009 winner Henrik Stenson (+2800) and Justin Rose (+3000).

Paul Casey is +3300 like Mickelson and Woods, while reigning Masters champ Patrick Reed joins Garcia at +3500. Since winning the Masters, Reed has finished seventh in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and eighth in the Wells Fargo Championship, where Casey and Mickelson also both tied for fifth.

     

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