PGA Tour 2023 Players Championship: Best bets and odds explored

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The 2023 Players Championship is finally here. The event, featuring a 144-player field, will tee off on Thursday, March 9, at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The event has a prize purse of $25 million.

With a whopping prize money, valuable OGWR, and FedEx Cup points on offer, the Players Championship is set to be one of the biggest events of the 2023 PGA Tour calendar. The event will also feature the top three in the world rankings along with other big names. Unsurprisingly, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are leading the event’s odds list.

According to betting experts, the World No. 1 and No. 3 top the odds list. The duo are co-favorites with odds of 17-2, edging past World No. 2 Scottie Scheffler. As per SportsLine, the American comes in with 10-1 odds. He is followed by Justin Thomas (19-1), Max Homa (19-1) and Patrick Cantlay (19-1) on the PGA Tour odds board. Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, and Jordan Spieth are the other big names topping the odds list.

It is pertinent to note that defending champion Cameron Smith will miss the event due to his defection to LIV Golf. With the Aussie out of contention, the Players Championship will crown a new champion on Sunday.


2023 Players Championship odds

Here are the complete odds for the 2023 Players Championship (as per SportsLine):

  • Jon Rahm +850
  • Rory McIlroy +850
  • Scottie Scheffler +1000
  • Patrick Cantlay +1900
  • Max Homa +1900
  • Justin Thomas +1900
  • Xander Schauffele +2500
  • Viktor Hovland +2700
  • Tony Finau +2800
  • Collin Morikawa +2800
  • Will Zalatoris +3200
  • Jordan Spieth +3200
  • Matt Fitzpatrick +3400
  • Tyrrell Hatton +3400
  • Cameron Young +3600
  • Jason Day +3600
  • Sungjae Im +3700
  • Joohyung Kim +4100
  • Shane Lowry +4800
  • Keegan Bradley +5000
  • Rickie Fowler +5000
  • Keith Mitchell +5500
  • Corey Conners +6500
  • Si Woo Kim +7000
  • Sam Burns +7000
  • Sahith Theegala +7000
  • Chris Kirk +7500
  • Tommy Fleetwood +8500
  • Hideki Matsuyama +8500
  • Kurt Kitayama +9000
  • Justin Rose +10000
  • Adam Scott +10000
  • Tom Hoge +10000
  • Francesco Molinari +10000
  • Harris English +10000
  • Webb Simpson +14000
  • Aaron Wise +14000
  • Brian Harman +15000
  • Wyndham Clark +15000
  • Seamus Power +15000
  • Russell Henley +15000
  • Gary Woodland +17000
  • Alex Noren +17000
  • Billy Horschel +18000
  • Ryan Fox +18000
  • Davis Riley +18000
  • Taylor Montgomery +18000
  • Sepp Straka +19000
  • Adam Hadwin +19000
  • Min Woo Lee +19000
  • Maverick McNealy +21000
  • Patton Kizzire +21000
  • Justin Suh +21000
  • Taylor Pendrith +22000
  • K.H. Lee +23000
  • Lucas Herbert +23000
  • Danny Willett +23000

2023 Players Championship prize money and points

The 2023 Players Championship has a record-setting prize purse of $25 million this year. The event’s champion will bag a whopping $4.5 million, as per the PGA Tour’s prize distribution system. Apart from the money, the winner will also earn 80 Official World Golf Ranking points and 600 FedEx Cup points.

Meanwhile, the runner-up will bag a paycheck of $2,725,000. One of the biggest events on the PGA Tour schedule, the event will even see the solo fifth-place finisher win over $1 million. The golfer finishing 65th on the leaderboard will take $53,750 for his efforts.

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee