The Players Championship: A quartet of three-ball bets for day one

Billy Horschel is a three-ball back on day one at Sawgrass
It's a home game this week for Billy Horschel

Dan Geraghty was in fine fettle at last week's WGC Matchplay and he's aiming to follow up a profitable few days on the west coast with these four plays at Sawgrass

"There will have been few players that left Harding Park last week feeling as hard done by as Shane Lowry. The Irishman's game - his short game in particular - was in terrific shape. Playing partners Bo Van Pelt and Adam Hadwin are struggling this season and sit 252nd and 186th in the world rankings respectively."

Back Shane Lowry @ 2.56/4

World numbers one and two, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, being paired together this week has garnered all the headlines but the third member of the three-ball, Jason Day is no back number and deserves far more respect in the market. Day has a better TPC Sawgrass stroke average than Rory McIlroy and more course experience than Jordan Spieth, who was fourth here on his debut last year.

There will have been few players that left Harding Park last week feeling as hard done by as Shane Lowry. The Irishman's game - his short game in particular - was in terrific shape, he defeated countryman Graeme McDowell before Rickie Fowler and Harris English holed everything they looked at, both beating Lowry 1up. This is Lowry's Players Championship debut but the Irishman (ranked 51st in the world) looks ready to explode onto the world stage. Playing partners Bo Van Pelt and Adam Hadwin are struggling this season and sit 252nd and 186th in the world rankings respectively.

Billy Horschel's game looked in fine shape last week - at two up with two to play he had eventual champion Rory McIlroy with one foot on the plane home in their group match. Horschel is born and bred in Florida and resides at Ponte Vedra Beach so it's a home game for him this week, and he'll have plenty of friends and family cheering him on. The American missed the cut on his debut here in 2013 but was 26th last year; further improvement looks likely. Playing partners Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar have plenty of Sawgrass experience but their records here are nothing for outsider Horschel to fear, even accounting for Kuchar's 2012 victory.

Although Tiger Woods' liking and suitability for TPC Sawgrass is often brought into question, his record here stands up to anyone's in the field. It'll likely take double figures under par to walk away with victory this week but the Players Championship is undoubtedly a stern test of golf, where experience will ultimately be key; a formula that is sure to suit Woods. Eldrick's playing partners are Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer. Scott's short game looked in a bad way last week, while defending champion Kaymer has had a really disappointing start to the year.


Recommended Bets
Back Jason Day @ 3.613/5 (13:39)
Back Shane Lowry @ 2.56/4 (14:10)
Back Billy Horschel @ 3.185/40 (13:28)
Back Tiger Woods @ 2.89/5 (18:49)

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