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The best golfers in the world will be competing for a $15 million purse this week at the 2021 Players Championship.
William Hill Nevada released odds today for 99 golfers plus the field (all others) to finish in first at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The popular PGA Tour event is back after last year’s edition was cancelled following the first round due to COVID-19.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson is the 13/1 favorite for this tournament at William Hill, however a few other top contenders are right behind him. Bryson DeChambeau, the winner of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, is at 15/1. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are tied for the third-lowest odds at 16/1 each. McIlroy is the defending champion of this event, finishing 16-below par back in 2019.
“It’s just such a strong field and so many guys are playing well that I have Johnson a little higher than some of the other recent tournaments,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “It’s no knock on DJ, it’s just so hard to win week after week. DeChambeau is probably a little higher than he should be because it’s so hard to go back-to-back. McIlroy and Rahm are in similar situations, they haven’t been getting over the hump. There’s going to be a ton of money in the pool for this, so I think you’ll see more action on the top guys than you normally would.”
Next are Justin Thomas (17/1) and Xander Schauffele (18/1). Thomas was previously displayed at 20/1 before jumping to 17/1. Another mover is Patrick Cantlay, who has gone from 25/1 to 20/1. Collin Morikawa and the field (all others) reside at 25/1 apiece, while Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Viktor Hovland and Jordan Spieth are all at 28/1.
“In the first hour that we had the pool open, those golfers in the 18/1 to 30/1 range was where the money was going,” Bogdanovich said. “So the early mindset is that that’s the group where they think the winner is going to come from. It’s interesting that those golfers were getting the early bets, no long shots or none of the top-4 guys.”
The four other golfers who currently have odds lower than 40/1 to win the 2021 Players Championship are Hideki Matsuyama (33/1), Patrick Reed (35/1), Tommy Fleetwood (35/1) and Tyrrell Hatton (35/1). Matsuyama is another person who has seen an odds shift, as he’s dropped down from 40/1. But are there any long shots even further down the board that could make some noise this tournament?
“In the 70s, [Billy] Horschel is playing good, [Max] Homa is playing good,” Bogdanovich said. “At 100/1, Sam Burns is playing good and [Marc] Leishman is coming around. [Rickie] Fowler has won the tournament, and he’s at 125/1. I definitely think you can find value in this range.”
Check out William Hill’s latest odds for the 2021 Players Championship below.