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Which golfers are the most popular picks among bettors for this weekend's Players Championship?

2021 Players Championship: Top 10 Most Backed Golfers

1. Dustin Johnson – 5.12% of Wagers @ +1200 (Click to bet)

The favorite for this week’s Players Championship and the No. 1 ranked golfer in the entire world is also, predictably, the most backed golfer in the field. Johnson has four top-10 finishes in six events this season, including a win at The Masters. However, 2019’s fifth-place showing for DJ was his first ever top 10 at The Players Championship in 12 appearances.

2. Justin Thomas – 5.05% of Wagers @ +2000 (Click to bet)

The second spot on this list is also reserved for one of the best golfers in the world. Justin Thomas is yet to win this season, but he’s finished top-15 in eight of the nine events he’s entered and is third on the World Golf Rankings list. His best ever finish at The Players Championship came in 2016, as he finished third, thanks to a final-round 65.

3. Patrick Cantlay – 4.94% of Wagers @ +2200 (Click to bet)

The only golfer playing better than Patrick Cantlay in the 2021 PGA Tour season so far is Bryson DeChambeau. Cantlay is second in FedEx Cup rankings thanks to four top-10 finishes and a win at the ZOZO Championship. However, he has struggled at TPC Sawgrass in the past. In his four appearances at The Players Championship, he’s only made the cut twice. His best finish in this tournament came in 2017 when he finished 22nd.

4. Hideki Matsuyama – 4.08% of Wagers @ +4000 (Click to bet)

It’s interesting to see Matsuyama this high on the list given he doesn’t have much historical success at TPC Sawgrass and hasn’t necessarily played up to his abilities in 2021. But, the value is there for one of the top-25 golfers in the world. Matsuyama has played some solid golf from tee to green this year, but his putting has been some of the worst on Tour. If he’s going to compete, he’s going to need to turn that around.

5. Christiaan Bezuidenhout – 3.47% of Wagers @ +8500 (Click to bet)

Following his 7th-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, bettors are quick to take the value here with Bezuidenhout. He’s only played in four events this season, but last time we saw him he was in contention. The 26-year old South African is first on Tour in Strokes Gained: Around-The-Green but needs to be more consistent off the tee in order to get a win. Still, at 85/1 he could be worth a sprinkle.

6. Collin Morikawa – 3.31% of Wagers @ +2200 (Click to bet)

The last time we saw Collin Morikawa he was busy winning the WCG-Workday Championship by three strokes over guys like Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland. Now, with golf’s unofficial fifth major just around the corner, he’s the sixth most backed option on the board. At age 24, Morikawa already has the best approach game on Tour and is the fourth ranked golfer in the world.

7. Tommy Fleetwood – 3.17% of Wagers @ +5000 (Click to bet)

In seven events played this season Tommy Fleetwood has just one top-10 finish, but it happened to come last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In three appearances at The Players Championship, he has two top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place showing in 2019. He’s had an up-and-down season, but he usually comes to play at TPC Sawgrass.

8. Jordan Spieth – 3.10% of Wagers @ +3300 (Click to bet)

A month and a half ago, even the most loyal Jordan Spieth fan couldn’t have predicted the run he’s currently on. In his first seven events of the 2021 season, Spieth missed the cut in four and had a top finish of T38. But, the former World’s No. 1 ranked golfer has since turned it around. He’s put up four straight top-15 finishes, three of which saw him land in the top five. Is this the week we finally see Spieth back atop the leaderboard?

9. Tony Finau – 2.98% of Wagers @ +3000 (Click to bet)

Tony Finau is in the midst of a great start to the 2021 Tour season, but there are still questions about when we’re going to see him get a Tour win. In 10 events played he has two second-place finishes, and probably should have won the Genesis Invitational. Still, despite his lack of wins, he finds himself in the top-10 most backed golfers this week.

10. Jason Day – 2.79% of Wagers @ +6000 (Click to bet)

Our 10th and final name on this list is, shockingly, the only former Players Championship winner in the top 10. Day won the event in 2016 and has finished in the top 10 three out of the last four times he’s played at TPC Sawgrass. Last week, he was in contention until he fell apart with a final-round 79.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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