The Players Championship Tips and Analysis; Dates, Times and TV Schedule

The Players Championship Tips and Analysis; Dates, Times and TV Schedule
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The Players Championship Info

  • Dates: Thursday-Saturday
  • Location: TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • Par: 72
  • Purse: $$0 million ($3.6 million winner’s share)
  • Last year's champ: Justin Thomas

Favorites To Win

Odds are from Caesars Sportsbook.

  • John Rahm +1100
  • Collin Morikawa +1400
  • Justin Thomas +1400
  • Patrick Cantlay +2000
  • Rory McIlroy +2000
  • Viktor Hovland +2000

Tee Times

Tee Times (ET) Grouping
No. 1
6:45 a.m. Adam Schenk, Kramer Hickok, Lee Hodges
6:56 a.m. Charley Hoffman, Harold Varner III, Will Zalatoris
7:07 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Maverick McNealy, Roger Sloan
7:18 a.m. Sungjae Im, Martin Laird, Richy Werenski
7:29 a.m. Cameron Champ, Matt Jones, Francesco Molinari
7:40 a.m. Erik van Rooyen, Garrick Higgo, Ryan Palmer
7:51 a.m. K.H. Lee, Adam Long, Kevin Tway
8:02 a.m. Sebastián Muñoz, Dylan Frittelli, Jimmy Walker
8:13 a.m. Joel Dahmen, Brian Gay, Corey Conners
8:24 a.m. Lanto Griffin, Gary Woodland, Keith Mitchell
8:35 a.m. Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Jhonattan Vegas
8:46 a.m. Henrik Norlander, Hank Lebioda, Taylor Pendrith
11:50 a.m. Brian Stuard, Harry Higgs, Brandon Hagy
12:01 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Andrew Putnam, Cameron Young
12:12 p.m. Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes, Thomas Pieters
12:23 p.m. Ryan Brehm, Kevin Kisner, Jason Day
12:34 p.m. Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Dustin Johnson
12:45 p.m. Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele
12:56 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas
1:07 p.m. Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose
1:18 p.m. Marc Leishman, J.T. Poston, Zach Johnson
1:29 p.m. Si Woo Kim, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson
1:40 p.m. Charl Schwartzel, Denny McCarthy, Tyler McCumber
1:51 p.m. Brendan Steele, Emiliano Grillo, Matthew NeSmith
No. 10
6:45 a.m. Brian Harman, Russell Knox, Beau Hossler
6:56 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Tommy Fleetwood, Wyndham Clark
7:07 a.m. Aaron Wise, Doc Redman, Mito Pereira
7:18 a.m. Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson
7:29 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen
7:40 a.m. Joaquin Niemann, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith
7:51 a.m. Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
8:02 a.m. Sam Burns, Abraham Ancer, Paul Casey
8:13 a.m. Tom Hoge, Tyrrell Hatton, Brandt Snedeker
8:24 a.m. Lucas Glover, Shane Lowry, Matthew Wolff
8:35 a.m. Peter Malnati, Alex Noren, Anirban Lahiri
8:46 a.m. Scott Piercy, Nick Watney, Hayden Buckley
11:50 a.m. Peter Malnati, Patrick Rodgers, Beau Hossler
12:01 p.m. Cameron Tringale, Sam Ryder, Matt Wallace
12:12 p.m. James Hahn, Chesson Hadley, J.J. Spaun
12:23 p.m. Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak
12:34 p.m. Cam Davis, Branden Grace, Carlos Ortiz
12:45 p.m. Sepp Straka, Robert Streb, Bubba Watson
12:56 p.m. Lucas Herbert, Brendon Todd, Chez Reavie
1:07 p.m. Stewart Cink, C.T. Pan, Patton Kizzire
1:18 p.m. Luke List, Seamus Power, Kevin Na
1:29 p.m. Brice Garnett, Adam Hadwin, Danny Lee
1:40 p.m. Troy Merritt, Scott Stallings, Doug Ghim
1:51 p.m. Joseph Bramlett, Stephan Jaeger, Sahith Theegala

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The Players Championship TV, Radio

All times ET.

Thursday

  • TV: Golf Channel, 12-6 p.m.
  • Radio: SiriusXM Channel 92, 10 a.m.
  • Stream: ESPN+, 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday

  • TV: Golf Channel, 2-6 p.m.
  • Radio: SiriusXM Channel 92, 10 a.m.
  • Stream: ESPN+, 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday

  • TV: NBC, Peacock 1-6 p.m.
  • Radio: SiriusXM Channel 92, 11 a.m.
  • Stream: ESPN+, 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday

  • TV: NBC, Peacock p.m.
  • Radio: SiriusXM Channel 92, 11 a.m.
  • Stream: ESPN+, 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

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How The Players Championship Shapes Up

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is the closest thing to a fifth major tournament. This year’s purse was increased from $15 million to $20 million, with the winner taking home $3.6 million. Only the Tour Championship with the FedEx Cup Champion has a larger purse at $46 million and the winner receives $15 million.

The Players Championship’s spot on the schedule also means it’s the first marquee golf event of the year before the Masters in April. With a loaded field, the tournament draws PGA Tour betting interest with many of the well-known golfers taking part.

Total, 47 of the top 50 golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field. Only Bryson DeChambeau (No. 12), Harris English (No. 18) and Kevin Na (No. 29) are not taking part. DeChambeau is nursing a wrist injury, while English has been dealing with a hip ailment. As for Na, his wife is expected to have their third child.

TPC Sawgrass has hosted The Players Championship since 1982. The par 72 course measures 7,256 yards and features Bermudagrass greens. After Bay Hill showed its teeth over the final three rounds last week, golfers are likely in for another test this week.

Only five holes played below par at last year’s tournament and water is in play on all but one hole. If the wind is blowing, conditions can be treacherous with the difficult bunkering and greens that are small and typically fast.

The conditions can make for a volatile event. Winning scores have ranged from -5 to -18 since 2000. There has also never been a back-to-back winner, which Justin Thomas will look to change this year.

Accuracy off the tee and approach shots will be key this week. Last year, of the 20 players who shot -7 or better, nine of them found the fairway more than 60% of the time while 14 hit at least 70% of greens in regulation.

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Best Bet to Win

Brooks Koepka +4000 at BetMGM Sportsbook

Betting on Koepka in non-major events can be risky. He’s made it known how he rarely gets up for anything that isn’t a major and how winning major championships is all he cares about.

But that could be changing as he fell to No. 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings earlier this year. After an opening-round 66 at the WM Phoenix Open, Koepka said his ranking was “embarrassing.”

“I mean, that’s embarrassing to be 20th, I feel like,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with injury, man. I’ve been hurt, on the sidelines, not playing, playing through injury, you can’t compete with guys out here. It’s nice to be somewhat healthy and get out here and I mean, I’m not too worried about it, it will bounce back up.”

He hasn’t won in over a year, but he has played better as of late. He’s finished in the top 16 in three of his last four events, with a ninth-place finish in the Hero World Challenge, a third at the WM Phoenix Open and a 16th-place finish at the Honda Classic, where he gained 3.3 strokes on approach and 2.0 off the tee – both key stats that should help him at TPC Sawgrass.

At this number, Koepka is worth a shot. He was +4800 on FanDuel Sportsbook before it moved to +3600. He’s still +4000 at BetMGM.

Considering when he’s at his best, he’s typically near the top of odds boards with the likes of Jon Rahm (+1300) or Collin Morikawa (+1300), I wouldn’t be surprised to see numerous people back Koepka this week at this number.

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Longshot

Brian Harman +15000 DraftKings Sportsbook

If the course plays difficult this week, it could benefit the grinders, like Harman, who ranks 12th in bogey avoidance this season and was 27th in this category last year. He finished third here a year ago in this event and has three top 10 finishes in nine starts at this tournament.

His form over the last year has shown he can embrace difficult conditions. He finished T-19 or better in three majors in 2021. And since returning at the Sony Open, he’s had four starts and finished in the top 15 twice.

Best Prop

Jon Rahm Top 5 +280 FanDuel

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video of Rahm missing an 11-inch putt. It summed up his struggles on the green, which have held him back as he’s continued to be one of the best ball strikers on TOUR.

Over the last 24 rounds, he ranks first in strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: off-the-tee. He’s also gained 53.6 strokes total in ball striking, which is well ahead of Will Zalatoris, who is at 37.3.

Consistent ball-striking will be key considering how difficult the conditions could get at TPC Sawgrass, which is a place he’s had recent success at.

He finished 12th in 2019 and ninth in 2021 – in both instances, he was in contention for the lead. That makes this prop bet worth a look.

Rahm is also worth a look to win the event. He’s currently +1300 at FanDuel.

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