Golf betting tips: Players Championship and Kenya Open

Golf betting tips: Players Championship and Kenya Open

It is a massive week on the PGA Tour with the tournament nicknamed “the Fifth Major”, the Players Championship, taking place at the iconic TPC Sawgrass in Florida, while the DP World Tour heads to Africa for the Kenya Open.

The inception of the LIV Tour means the Players Championship field is perhaps not quite as illustrious as it once was, but the remaining cream of the crop head into battle looking for a $4.5m first prize and a confidence boost before the Masters at Augusta next month.

Rory McIlroy, who won the title in 2019 and was second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, is the 9/1 favourite for glory, closely followed at 10/1 by world No 1 Jon Rahm, who has won five of his previous 10 tournaments but is looking to recover from a disappointing 39th at Bay Hill.

Last year’s winner Cameron Smith is an absentee, while 2021 champion Justin Thomas can be backed at 18/1.

Players Championship golf betting tips

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Day is fighting his way back

One of the most heartening sights on the PGA Tour in recent weeks has been the return to form of Jason Day – and the Australian can enjoy another great week at Sawgrass.

The former US PGA winner took the title in 2016 but, beset by injury problems, the man who was once the world’s best player slid down the world rankings.

Now he is back and fully fit and the quality of his ball-striking has not deserted him. With finishes of 18-7-5-9-10 in his past five tournaments, he can definitely be a factor this week.

Tip: Outright winner – Jason Day @ 28/1 with bet365

Thomas starting to find his groove

While Rahm has been claiming most of the golf headlines since the turn of the year, there have been signs that Justin Thomas may just be getting things together in his game and the champion from two years ago is somewhat flying under the radar.

He was fourth at the Phoenix Open and 21st at Bay Hill, but there is a feeling he could be primed for a strong challenge this week.

While the island-greened par-3 17th gets most of the attention at Sawgrass, it is a course where dominating the par-5s can prove a key to success.

Thomas did just that two years ago, playing those holes in 14 under par during the week, and he undoubtedly has the ability to be right up there come Sunday night.

Tip: Outright winner – Justin Thomas @ 18/1 with bet365

Bradley can show his class

Keegan Bradley finished four shots off the pace in fifth when Smith won last year, but his cause was not helped by a two-shot penalty.

The former US PGA champion has got a monkey off his back by winning his first title in more than four years at the Zozo Championship, and he has already finished second at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2023. Bradley was 10th at Bay Hill last week.

The man from Vermont is clearly moving in the right direction, so he could make a big impression.

Tip: Outright winner – Keegan Bradley @ 40/1 with bet365

Kenya Open golf betting tips 

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

Bekker can flourish on African soil

South African Oliver Bekker tends to reserve his best performances for tournaments on his home continent and he can be expected to be a factor in what is not the strongest of fields.

He won the Dimension Data Pro-Am on his penultimate start and has impressive form figures of sixth and eighth at Muthaiga.

Bekker was also fourth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and seventh in the Mauritius Open in December, so he is in the sort of form to trouble the top of the leaderboard.

Tip: Outright winner – Oliver Bekker @ 30/1 with bet365

Otaegui equipped to plot his way around

Adrian Otaegui is another player to consider after he stormed his way to the Andalucia Masters in the autumn and was also second the last time he played in Africa at the Alfred Dunhill.

The Spaniard has been a consistent performer in the past couple of months, even though he finished poorly last time out at the Thailand Classic. While he was 34th in this tournament last year, he closed with a 66, which shows he has the ability to tame this test.

Tip: Outright winner – Adrian Otaegui @ 22/1 with bet365

Schaper is shaping up

Jayden Schaper was also 34th here last year and there are good signs that he is quite comfortable in this company.

The South African, who turns 22 this month, was ninth in Mauritius, 17th in Thailand and 13th in India, so it may not be long before he is threatening to claim a first DPWT title.

Tip: Outright winner – Jayden Schaper @ 40/1 with bet365

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