Players Championship Picks: South African Outsider Dominates Early Betting

There's a shock name leading the betting ahead of this week's Players Championship
Sam Eaton
Mon, March 8, 6:44 AM EST

The Players Championship Odds, Betting & Picks: Christian Bezuidenhout Tops The Betting 

Christiaan Bezuidenhout is a web editor's nightmare, to see him topping the Players Championship early betting wasn't just a surprise, but also frustrating as I'll have to check the spelling of his name at least twenty times in this piece. 

Anyway, despite being +8000 to win the Players Championship, the South African has been the most wagered player in the field following the Arnold Palmer Invitational finish yesterday. 

Christiaan Bezuidenhout looked like he was going to stage a late challenge to Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, however, a bogey, double-bogey finish killed any dreams of a win. 

The South African is ranked 34th in the world now, and has been running hot of late. He won back-to-back events on the European Tour at the backend of 2020, and has picked up three top 25 finishes in 2021. 

Bezuidenhout is destined to win plenty of future PGA Tour events, and his well-rounded game has a few sportsbooks worried heading into the Players Championship. As mentioned, the South African is priced at +8000 with a handful of sports betting sites, like DraftKings, however, his odds are as short at +6000 with other sportsbooks. 

OddsChecker is a completely free tool which let's users get the best odds on their bets within seconds. For example, Bryson DeChambeau was +1300 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational with FanDuel last week, but just +1100 with DraftKings. 

The Players Championship Picks & Predictions 

As mentioned, Christiaan Bezuidenhout tops the Players Championship early betting, with 8.7% of bettors predicting a surprise win for the South African. 

Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite heading into the Players Championship, he's been the second most popular pick by bettros, with 8.1% of people predicting another win for Johnson. 

There's then a big drop-off to the third most backed in the Players Championship betting market. Patrick Cantlay has accounted for 4.2% of bets for the Players, despite pulling out of the last PGA Tour event. 

Tommy Fleetwood has plenty of admirers when playing in Florida, which includes our golf handicapper, Geoff Fienberg. I'd wager a lot of money that Geoff will pick Fleetwood again this week, especially after promising signs at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

Fleetwood has accounted for 3.9% of bets on the Players Championship.

The Players Championship Betting 

PGA Tour Golfer % Of Bets On The Players Championship
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 8.7%
Dustin Johnson 8.1%
Patrick Cantlay 4.2%
Tommy Fleetwood 3.9%
Jordan Spieth 3.6%
Scottie Scheffler 3.6%
Bryson DeChambeau 3%
Justin Thomas 2.9%
Richy Werenski 2.9%

The Players Championship Odds

Player Best Odds Available Worst Odds Available
Dustin Johnson +1100 +975
Bryson Dechambeau +1400 +1200
Rory McIlroy +1400 +1050
Jon Rahm +1600 +1400
Justin Thomas +2000 +1600
Xander Schauffele +2000 +1750
Collin Morikawa +2200 +1750
Webb Simpson +2200 +1850
Patrick Cantlay +2400 +2125
Viktor Hovland +2500 +1800
Jordan Spieth +2800 +2125
Tony Finau +2900 +2425
Tyrrell Hatton +3500 +2925
Daniel Berger +4000 +3500

See the full Players Championship odds here

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