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Players Championship 2021 odds: Here are the most intriguing odds in one of golf's best fields

Keyur Khamar

March 09, 2021

One of the best weeks on the golf calendar is upon us, with the 2021 Players Championship upon us at Pete Dye’s masterpiece, TPC Sawgrass. Though we never quite know what to expect and who will play well at this nuanced, ultra-difficult design on the site of a former swamp, the finishing holes always seem to produce a dramatic ending, and with a loaded field this week we’d expect the same.

Forty-eight of the top 50 players in the world (minus Brooks Koepka and Matthew Wolff) will tee it up at The Players, with a balanced top part of the odds board. It seems like oddsmakers can’t quite determine who has an advantage here, with Dustin Johnson (12-1) the slight favorite over last week’s winner Bryson DeChambeau (14-1), Rory McIlroy (16-1) and Jon Rahm (16-1). Of that group, Rory has the best record, having lifted the most-recent trophy at TPC Sawgrass in 2019 with last year’s cancelation. Though DJ is on an absolute tear, he has just one top-10 finish in 11 appearances at TPC Sawgrass, and it came in 2019.

Some interesting names follow below, with Xander Schauffele (20-1) and Justin Thomas (20-1) being offered at the lowest odds we’ve seen from them in recent memory. Recent winner Collin Morikawa (22-1) would be an attractive bet, having just won the WGC at Concession in Bradenton, Fla., and Patrick Cantlay (22-1) has also been playing some great golf.

What we know about TPC Sawgrass: Your entire game needs to be on, and trouble lurks around every corner—with 17 water hazards presenting ample opportunities to make a big number. We were joined by Matthew Fitzpatrick on this week’s episode of “Be Right,” our betting podcast, and Fitzpatrick goes into detail about what you need to do well to play well at TPC Sawgrass (though he’s still searching for all the answers, having broken 70 just once in 12 rounds played here. But Fitzpatrick, ranked 16th in the world, enters this week on one of the hottest stretches of anybody in the world, with a win in Dubai to end 2020 and three top-15 finishes on the PGA Tour entering this week. Perhaps he’s a sleeper at (40-1) you might like this week?

Here’s a complete list of odds, as of Monday afternoon, from our friends at William Hill:

Players Championship 2021 odds (courtesy of William Hill):

Dustin Johnson: 12-1

Bryson DeChambeau: 14-1

Rory McIlroy: 16-1

Jon Rahm: 16-1

Xander Schauffele: 20-1

Justin Thomas: 20-1

Webb Simpson: 22-1

Collin Morikawa: 22-1

Patrick Cantlay: 22-1

Tony Finau: 25-1

Jordan Spieth: 25-1

Viktor Hovland: 25-1

Hideki Matsuyama: 30-1

Tyrrell Hatton: 33-1

Tommy Fleetwood: 35-1

Scottie Scheffler: 35-1

Patrick Reed: 35-1

Daniel Berger: 35-1

Jason Day: 35-1

Sungjae Im: 40-1

Matthew Fitzpatrick: 40-1

Paul Casey: 45-1

Joaquin Niemann: 50-1

Cameron Smith: 50-1

Louis Oosthuizen: 55-1

Adam Scott: 55-1

Will Zalatoris: 60-1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout: 66-1

Jason Kokrak: 66-1

Mike Ehrmann

Lee Westwood: 70-1

Sergio Garcia: 70-1

Harris English: 70-1

Max Homa: 70-1

Billy Horschel: 70-1

Abraham Ancer: 70-1

Justin Rose: 80-1

Corey Conners: 80-1

Kevin Na: 90-1

Francesco Molinari: 90-1

Marc Leishman: 100-1

Russell Henley: 100-1

Lanto Griffin: 100-1

Sam Burns: 100-1

Si-Woo Kim: 100-1

Carlos Ortiz: 100-1

Kevin Kisner: 100-1

Cameron Tringale: 125-1

Branden Grace: 125-1

Cameron Davis: 125-1

Bubba Watson: 125-1

Chris Kirk: 125-1

Rickie Fowler: 125-1

Ryan Palmer: 125-1

Ian Poulter: 125-1

Shane Lowry: 125-1

Victor Perez: 150-1

Brendon Todd: 150-1

Alex Noren: 150-1

Andrew Putnam: 150-1

Kevin Streelman: 150-1

Keegan Bradley: 150-1

Byeong Hun An: 150-1

Matt Kuchar: 150-1

Emiliano Grillo: 150-1

Talor Gooch: 150-1

Sebastian Munoz: 150-1

Charley Hoffman: 175-1

Warren Little

Robert MacIntyre: 175-1

Wyndham Clark: 175-1

Maverick McNealy: 175-1

Brian Harman: 175-1

Gary Woodland: 175-1

Phil Mickelson: 175-1

Matt Jones: 200-1

Patton Kizzire: 200-1

Zach Johnson: 200-1

Chez Reavie: 200-1

Henrik Norlander: 200-1

Cameron Champ: 200-1

Luke List: 200-1

Bernd Wiesberger: 200-1

Jhonattan Vegas: 200-1

Ryan Moore: 200-1

Richy Werenski: 200-1

Doug Ghim: 200-1

Mackenzie Hughes: 200-1

Henrik Stenson: 200-1

Brendan Steele: 200-1

Russell Knox: 200-1

Harold Varner III: 200-1

Danny Willett: 250-1

Adam Hadwin: 250-1

Tom Lewis: 250-1

Matthew NeSmith: 250-1

Martin Laird: 250-1

Charl Schwartzel: 250-1

Dylan Frittelli: 250-1

Lucas Glover: 250-1

Aaron Wise: 250-1

James Hahn: 250-1

Kyle Stanley: 250-1

J.T. Poston: 250-1

Rory Sabbatini: 250-1

K.H. Lee: 250-1

Charles Howell III: 250-1

Patrick Rodgers: 250-1

Cameron Percy: 300-1

Brandt Snedeker: 300-1

Tom Hoge: 300-1

Keith Mitchell: 300-1

Adam Long: 300-1

Michael Thompson: 300-1

Nick Taylor: 300-1

Doc Redman: 300-1

Joel Dahmen: 300-1

Jason Dufner: 300-1

Sepp Straka: 300-1

Stewart Cink: 300-1

Peter Malnati: 300-1

Scott Piercy: 300-1

Nate Lashley: 300-1

Mark Hubbard: 350-1

C.T. Pan: 350-1

Anirban Lahiri: 400-1

Troy Merritt: 400-1

Hudson Swafford: 400-1

Brian Stuard: 400-1

Sam Ryder: 400-1

Pat Perez: 400-1

Andrew Landry: 400-1

Adam Schenk: 400-1

Scott Stallings: 400-1

Bo Hoag: 400-1

Austin Cook: 400-1

Vaughn Taylor: 400-1

Brice Garnett: 400-1

Danny Lee: 400-1

Graeme McDowell: 400-1

Denny McCarthy: 400-1

Beau Hossler: 500-1

Harry Higgs: 500-1

Tyler McCumber: 500-1

Brian Gay: 500-1

Tyler Duncan: 500-1

Jimmy Walker: 500-1

Robert Streb: 500-1

Sung Kang: 500-1

Robby Shelton: 500-1

Xinjun Zhang: 500-1

Scott Brown: 500-1

Ryan Armour: 500-1

Jim Herman: 750-1

Jerry Kelly: 1,000-1

Scott Harrington: 1,000-1