The Players Championship 2021 Betting Predictions: Johnson and McIlroy Are the Favorites In the Strong Field of Top Golfers


Posted: March 5, 2021

Updated: March 5, 2021

  • 2021 The Players Championship 2021 is held next week, 11-14 March in Florida
  • It is one of the most prestigious tournaments even though it’s not a major
  • Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are the favorites in the field full of top players

One of the biggest golf tournaments in the PGA Tour, The Players Championship will take place next weekend, between the 11th and 14th of March in Florida. After the cancellation of last year’s tournament it’s great to see the event back on the schedule. With all top players taking part in it, the The Players Championship 2021 betting predictions favor world No1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to fight for the trophy. 

The Players Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the PGA Tour. Even though it’s not one of the major tournaments. But it has the biggest prize fund with $15 million. And it is held in an iconic place, at TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. Its field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, like it will do this year as well. Only one player, Jack Nicklaus managed to win here three times and five players got two victories. Including Tiger Woods, who has to miss the event this time following his major accident. While the defending champion is Rory McIlroy who won the tournament in 2019. The world No1 Dustin Johnson hasn’t won here yet but surely will try to do it now, just like other top players.

The Players Championship 2021 betting predictions favor DJ and McIlroy

The Players Championship 2021 betting predictions
Dustin Johnson – FOX Sports, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Even though the leader of the world ranking, Dustin Johnson hasn’t been in top form in 2021 yet, he is one of the biggest favorites to win the tournament. Online sportsbooks in the US offer the odds of +1000 for his victory. Of course, the American had a brilliant season last year after winning four tournaments including the 2020 Masters. While his latest victory came from the Saudi International a month ago. Johnson finished in T5 two years ago at The Players, but now he can try to get a much better result.

One of his main rivals can be the defending champion, Rory McIlroy who also has the odds of +1000 in the The Players Championship 2021 betting predictions. The British golfer hasn’t won any tournament since November 2019 but has been showing a better form recently. At the moment he is leading the Arnold Palmer Invitational and can get the victory there. Which would surely give him some extra power ahead of “The Fifth Major” where he usually performs well.

Rahm, Koepka and Schauffele can also get the victory

Jon Rahm is currently in second place in the world ranking. Thanks to his balanced last season when he got 8 top 10 finishes. Including two PGA Tour wins last summer. The Spanish player also got some great results this year after three top 10 finishes. His record at The Players is not as great though. His best result so far is a T12 finish from 2019. Now he has the odds of +1400 to improve on that.

Online gambling sites in the US also mention Brooks Koepka in the favorites with the odds of +1800. The four-time major champion has got the victory in the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. And he also finished in T2 at the Workday Championship. After his great form he has a real chance to win The Players where he hasn’t managed to get any top 10 finishes yet. Unlike Xander Schauffele who was the runner-up in the 2018 tournament. The world No5 started the year well and got two T2 finishes at the Farmers Insurance and Phoenix Open. Now he can try again to get the victory with the odds of +1800 to do so.

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