The Players Championship

The Players Championship : Online, Free, Leaderboard Watch TV Channel I look at my favorite tournament props for the 2020 Players Championship, with PGA Tour betting picks, tips and best bets.The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida will be the host of the Players Championship 2020, which tees off on Thursday, March 12.

For the first time in professional golf history, there will be $15 million on the table for a single event at this year’s Players Championship. The PGA Tour will pay out $15 million in total prize money this year to the golfers who make the cut at TPC Sawgrass with first place nabbing $2.7 million and everyone in the top three scoring at least $1 million.

Mickey Mouse money, some might say. It’s an increase of $2.5 million over last year’s total purse and more than double the $6 million purse at the turn of the century when Hal Sutton had the right club in 2000. Also, the PGA Tour is apparently not done yet!

“We were excited to move to a $15 million purse,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Tuesday. “I see us getting to $25 million, and I see that certainly through the term, if not earlier in the term.”

He also noted that the FedEx Cup purse could at some point reach $100 million or more. Like I said, Mickey Mouse money. Anyway, here are the payouts for this week’s Players, in which the champion gets nearly $3 million and even the 30th place finisher would receive the equivalent of a high annual salary for a normal person.Rory McIlroy is the No. 1 golfer in the world and will defend his title at this week’s 2020 Players Championship. Dubbed “The Fifth Major,” the Players Championship 2020 boasts the richest check at $2.7 million as well as a five-year PGA Tour exemption for the winner. McIlroy claimed last year’s Players by one stroke over Jim Furyk, and the victory was a major impetus for McIlroy eventually winning the season-long FedEx Cup points championship.

McIlroy will tee it up at the 7,189-yard, par-72 TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course along with the rest of the field, starting with the first 2020 Players Championship tee times at 7:40 a.m. ET on Thursday. He’s 7-1 in the latest 2020 Players Championship odds. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are among the rest of the Players Championship 2020 field gunning for a shot at victory on Pete Dye’s signature design. Before locking in any 2020 Players Championship picks of your own or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to check out the predictions and projected leaderboard from the team at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed two of the last three majors entering the weekend. It predicted Gary Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Brooks Koepka and won by three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch.

In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend. And already this season, the model called Justin Thomas winning the CJ Cup, Rory McIlroy taking down the WGC-HSBC Champions and Viktor Hovland earning his first career PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open. Anyone who has followed it is way up. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Justin Thomas, a 12-time PGA Tour champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, stumbles this week and barely cracks the top five.

Thomas is off to blistering start this season. The 26-year-old is coming off an impressive performance at the WGC-Mexico Championship that saw him earn a sixth-place finish. He’s now finished sixth or better in five of his last eight official PGA Tour starts. However, Thomas has struggled to find consistency in recent weeks. In fact, he has missed the cut in two of his last four starts on the PGA Tour.

In addition, Thomas hasn’t fared well at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, finishing 35th or worse in two of his last three starts at the Players Championship. Plus, Thomas is ranked 144th in driving accuracy percentage (58.67), which doesn’t bode well for his chances to finish on top of the 2020 Players Championship leaderboard this week. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded field.

Another surprise: Hideki Matsuyama, a massive 20-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

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