Golf Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for the 2019 Players Championship
Orlando Ramirez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tiger Woods
The 2019 golf season is officially heating up and the best players in the world are in Florida for what has become known as “The Fifth Major.”
Dustin Johnson (+1200) and Rory McIlroy (+1200) are co-favorites to win the 2019 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, which tees off on Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. ET.
Whether you want to call it The Players Championship, The Players or The Fifth Major, there’s no denying that this weekend’s golf tournament features the best field of the season.
Top Asian Player: Byeong Hun An (+600)
If you think about it, it’s a little strange that books offer odds based solely on a player’s homeland. I mean, there’s never an NFL prop which asks: “Which QB born in California will throw for the most passing yards this week?”
That said, if they’re gonna offer it, we should take advantage of it.
I really like An as a 6-to-1 bet in this area.
Despite picking him for the last six months or so, I’m officially jumping off the Hideki Matsuyama (+260) train – for this week, at least. His putting is giving me hives. Si Woo Kim (+500) is a model of inconsistency; if you can figure out where he’ll finish on a given week, you might as well be playing the lottery. Sungjae Im (+600) owns a world of talent, but I’m not sold on him in his first Players start. Haotong Li (+750), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+900), Sung Kang (+1000) and C.T. Pan (+1600) each own some value, but none excite me too much.
And so we’re left with An, whose recent success I wrote about above.
An ranks 23rd this season in strokes gained off the tee, 48th in strokes gained on approach shots and first in strokes gained around the greens. I like that combination for a top-10 result this week – and a winning bet in this category.