Saturday, December 9, 2023

Golf Betting Tips: Bank on Rory McIlroy to win a second Players Championship

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Rory McIlroy is the man to beat at this week’s Players Championship following an impressive return to form at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

McIlroy has been installed as a 9/1 favourite to win a second Players title at famed TPC Sawgrass this week just a week after agonisingly missing out on a second victory at Bay Hill.

The World No.3 surged home late at Arnie’s Place and could have taken the outright lead had he converted his 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole.

His fellow TaylorMade staffer Kurt Kitayama would go on to birdie the penultimate hole, however, and the American ran out a one-shot victor.

The performance from McIlroy, especially on the weekend, was a pleasing one given he was well off the pace at both the WM Phoenix Open and Genesis Invitational in his previous two starts. 

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We landed each-way money on all three of our picks at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week with each player finishing inside the top four on the leaderboard. 

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Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler, who are first and second in the world right now, are tucked in closely behind McIlroy in the betting this week at 10/1.

Rahm had something of a mare after shooting a 65 in the first round last week, finishing well down the field following back-to-back rounds of 76 on Friday and Saturday. 

While we all know Rahm is the hottest player in town right now with five victories in his last 10 starts around the world, I’m prepared to leave him alone once more this week.

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You have to respect the recent form of Scheffler, who also came close to defending his crown at Bay Hill last week, but it’s McIlroy that gets me most excited heading into the flagship event of the PGA Tour season. 

McIlroy’s win here in 2019 fuels me with confidence, especially given I think he’s playing some of the better golf of his career right now. 

While 9/1 is hardly much to get excited about, I think the lead voice for the PGA Tour is going to lead come Sunday night. 

My second pick for a first Players victory is Patrick Cantlay at 18/1. 

Cantlay has been knocking on the door in recent weeks with a third at the Genesis and a fourth last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He’s not got great form here, which is some concern, but Cantlay is overdue a win on the PGA Tour and he looks ready to me. 

At an outside price, I like the look of Jason Day at 50/1. 

He won here in 2016 and he has been playing some terrific golf of late coming here with three consecutive top 10s.

Andy’s picks at The Players: 

Rory McIlroy – 9/1
Patrick Cantlay – 18/1
Jason Day – 50/1

Who do you fancy to win The Players this week? Share your thoughts and comments over on the GolfMagic social media channels, or come and visit us over on the GolfMagic YouTube Channel where you can watch our betting tips every week on our podcast. 

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