Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa Most Popular Bets to Win 2022 The Players Championship

Jon Rahm PGA Tour The Players Background

  • World no. 1 Jon Rahm is the +1100 odds on favorite to win the 2022 PGA Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass this weekend.
  • Brooks Koepka is the biggest liability at several of the top golf betting sites.
  • Collin Morikawa has the highest betting handle to win the tournament at BetMGM with 16%.

World no. 1 Jon Rahm is the odds on favorite to win the 2022 PGA Players Championship at +1100 odds:

However, Brooks Koepka at +3000 and Collin Morikawa at +1400 are the most popular bets at online sportsbook BetMGM.

According to the said betting site, Koepka has 9% of the total tickets and 10% of the total betting handle while Morikawa has 8% of the betting slips and 16% of the total money wagered. Patrick Cantlay is the third most popular bet with 5% of the tickets and 5% of the handle.

Koepka is Biggest Liability

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka isn’t just the most popular bet at BetMGM but he is also the biggest liability at that online sportsbook. Likewise, Koepka is the biggest liability at the other top golf sportsbooks like PointsBet USA and the FD Sportsbook.

Koepka has two Top 20 finishes in this tournament – a T16 in 2017 and a T11 in 2018 but missed the trip last year. He’s also found success in like courses – a T2 at Concession last year and TPC Southwind in 2020. Koepka placed 16th at the Honda Classic two weeks ago and finished third in the Waste Management Phoenix Open two tournaments earlier.

Statistically, there are some concerns about his driving statistics. In five events this year, he’s lost strokes off the tee in three tournaments. Despite that, Koepka has gained at least 0.67 strokes on approach in two out of his last three starts so that’s probably the reason why bettors are favoring him to win the tournament.

Morikawa Second Best Odds to Win

Morikawa’s +1400 odds to win the 2022 Players Championship are second only to Jon Rahm’s +1100. Last year’s Open Championship winner is the biggest liability at the DK Sportsbook and has the biggest share of the betting handle at BetMGM with 16%.

In his relatively short professional golf career, Morikawa has proved to be a big-time player that excels in big events. Morikawa doesn’t just have two Majors under his belt but he also has wins at Concession, Muirfield Village Golf Club, and The Summit Club which has close correlations to TPC Sawgrass.

Although he finished T41 here last year, Morikawa finished T-2 at the Genesis Invitational just two weeks ago and finished T5 in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the start of the year. This season Morikawa ranks 4th overall in strokes gained: approach and 8th in strokes gained: off the tee which are two stats that could lead to success in this tournament.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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