The world’s best golfers head for Sawgrass to swing it out in the PGA Tour’s flagship event at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, which begins this Thursday, May 10.
Masters champion Bubba Watson will miss the Players Championship after taking a month off from golf. But there’s a superstar field for the ‘fifth major’ with Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker leading the charge at the top of the betting.
And it’s no wonder with the total prize money for the Players expected to top the $9.5m awarded in 2011 thanks to extended TV deals in the States.
In recent years, Americans have enjoyed the kind of success at the Players Championship that makes that Venky’s lot at Blackburn seem like champion strategists.
Korean K.J. Choi is the defending champion (80/1 this year) while Northern Ireland’s McIlroy has been installed as 10/1 favourite this weekend.
Paddy Power customers can expect some better fortune, however, as we’re paying SIX places on the Players Championship, unlike some other bookies who’ve chickened out.