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The Players Championship: 6 golfers you’re backing for the 5th Major

by Sean Goff | May 8, 2013

Golf’s fifth ‘Major’ tees off at Sawgrass on Thusday and now that Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to put his feet up Paddy Power will make the task of picking the winner that bit easier for him by paying 1/4 the odds the first 6 places.

It’s the best line-up since the Masters and a few also-rans at Augusta have been punted all week to do the business on a course that favours accuracy rather than power off the tee.

Here are the 6 you fancy to pull Paddy’s pants down.

1. Brandt Snedeker: 40/1

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IN THE PINK: Is Brandt over his rib injury (pic: Inpho)

Brandt was in flying form at the start of the season – winning the AT&T at Pebble Beach in February – but a rib injury knocked him back a bit. He went into the final  day of the Masters as co-leader but a 75 meant the tailor wasn’t measuring him for the Green Jacket. Snedeker’s record at Sawgrass reads three missed cuts from his last three appearances but plenty of you have lumped on last year’s FedEx Cup winner to regain the winning thread.

2. Luke Donald: 18/1

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IS THE FORCE WITH LUKE?:  Donald is Mr Consistency at Sawgrass (pic: Inpho)

Golf’s Mr Consistency hasn’t been rewarded with a win this season but he is creeping closer. Tied 25th at Augusta but was T4 at Tampa Bay and T3 at the Heritage in April. Donald has made the cut at Sawgrass in seven of his eight visits – so it’s no wonder punters are piling into the World No. 5 to finish in the Top 6.

3. Tiger Woods: 8/1

ON THE PROWL: Tiger's got his 'A' game back

ON THE PROWL: Tiger’s got his ‘A’ game back in 2013

A sole win here for Tiger in 2001 and he’s managed just one Top 10 since then and only finished 40th last year. But in the last five months (maybe thanks to his new woman), he’s back at the top of the world ranking and is a three-time winner this year. His joint fourth at the Masters included a two-shot penalty so he must be respected.

4. Steve Stricker: 50/1

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GO STEVE: Stricker is one of the Tour’s hottest putters (pic: Inpho)

One of the hottest players on Tour with the flat stick and the man Tiger looked to help him with his putting at the Cadillac Championship. Woods repaid the favour by beating him into second place. The two-time runner-up this season may be in semi retirement but his 12 wins on Tour shows he knows how to get the job done. A lively outsider with the game to suit Sawgrass.

5. Kyle Stanley: 100/1

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KNIFE EDGE: Kyle is carrying some solid form into the Players (pic: Inpho)

Third in the Zurich Classic and tied sixth at Wells Fargo his game is in good shape. Punters fancy him to to run into a place at a ton to one. Given that four of the last 11 Champions started this tournament as 100/1 ‘no hopers’ – he mightn’t be the only outsider in the field with a chance of winning.

6. Bo Van Pelt: 50/1

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VAN THE MAN:  Van Pelt got game (pic: Inpho)

The World No 26 recently secured his first top 10 finish for the year at the Wells Fargo Championship. After 12 top-10 finishes last season he has been 7th and 4th here, two of the last three years. Nibbled at 50/1 in the market – now that he’s back among the Tour’s big hitters – he’ll want to stay there.

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