2021 Players Championship Competition - £50 (or currency equivalent) free bet up for grabs!

Welcome to our annual Players Championship competition – time for a bit of fun guessing how many balls are going in the water this year at the 17th over the four days at TPC Sawgrass!

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We want you to tell us how many balls in total will find the water at the 17th hole over the course of all 4 days at this year’s Players Championship.

To help you out, here’s a list of the last few years – note that 2020 was cancelled before round 1 was complete:

17th Hole By Year

YearRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4 Total In Water


As a tie-breaker we also want you to give us the cumulative score to par for the 17th over the course of the week for all players, for instance +50 if you think it will play tough this year, 0 if you think it will play exactly to par over the 4 days, -20 if you think it will play under par etc.


Entries are open from Sunday 7th March 2021 through to the first tee time at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday 11th March 2021. Any entries after the first tee time won’t be counted. Entries are being accepted through the following methods:

A typical entry might be as follows:


  • Balls in water: 69
  • Score to par: +100

Twitter: @golfbetting balls in water: 69; score to par +100 #gbscomp


  1. Entrants must be 18 or over.
  2. The winner will be the entrant who correctly predicts the correct number of balls which find the water hazard on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during THE PLAYERS Championship 2021.
  3. Balls finding the water in any potential play-off holes will count, In the event of a tie then the winner will be the entrant with the winning tiebreaker answer, or the closest to the correct tiebreaker answer. If there is still a tie, then the prize will be shared equally between the winners.
  4. In the event of no entrants correctly predicting the number of balls that hit the water, the winner will be the entrant with the closest prediction. The tiebreaker question will be referred to in the event of a tie.
  5. For settlement purposes, only balls officially finding the water having been played on the par-3 17th hole during THE PLAYERS Championship 2021 will count. Balls finding the water on any other holes during tournament play will not count for this competition.
  6. £50 in Free Bets will be credited into the Betfred account within 24 hours of notification from Golf Betting System.
  7. All free bets are valid for 7 days after issue. Any free bet amount left unused after 7 days will be removed.
  8. Free bet stakes are not included in any returns and are non-withdrawable.
  9. Customer must have a Betfred account in order to receive the £50 Free Bet.
  10. Betfred reserve the right to exclude certain customers from this offer at our discretion due to internal risk policies and/or account staking restrictions.
  11. If the winner cannot claim the prize for any reason (i.e. jurisdiction/legal reason), or chooses not to claim the prize, then the winner will be the entrant with the next closest to the correct answer.
  12. In the event of any ambiguity, we will use the figure for the number of balls in the water as quoted by the PGA Tour.
  13. Any entries which miss off the tiebreak answer will automatically lose in the event of a tie.
  14. One entry per person only, multiple entries will not be counted. In the event of someone submitting two entries, only their first selection will qualify for this competition.
  15. The competition will close when the first tee shot is hit at the THE PLAYERS Championship 2021 on 11th March 2021. The winner will be announced on Monday 15th March 2021 once the final number of balls in the water has been confirmed.
  16. This competition is administered, and the winner decided, by Golf Betting System.
  17. Any complaint or correspondence relating to the administration of this promotion should be directed to Golf Betting System, as opposed to Betfred.
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  19. Betfred.com reserves the right to withhold the rewarding of any free bet payment if a customer’s identity cannot be verified using our standard checks or, if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the account holder is not the person who has created the account or is operating the account. In these cases, Betfred may request identity and proof of address documentation to verify a customer’s identity. Failure to satisfy verification of your identity will result in the non-payment of your bonus.
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2021 Entries:

Name Entry Via Balls In Water At 17th 17th Cumulative To Par
Paul Angell Facebook 3 -27
Kristian Kewin Facebook 8 -4
Paul Williams Facebook 23 -11
Adam Waghorn Facebook 23 22
Jay Mee Facebook 25 39
Dave Healey Facebook 26 40
Richard Lornie Facebook 27 12
Fran Dever Facebook 27 56
Stephen Rice Facebook 29 29
David Givens Facebook 29 43
Tim O’Sullivan Facebook 30 0
Martin Ahearne Facebook 30 25
Ken Andrews Facebook 30 32
George Owen Harper Facebook 31 35
Errol Loch Facebook 31 45
Ryan Keane Facebook 32 12
Mark Borland Facebook 32 18
Mark Allison Facebook 32 38
Adam Walker Twitter 33 3
Billy Birkett Facebook 33 28
Andrew Lees Facebook 33 42
Peter Thompson Email 34 8
Matt McFadden Facebook 34 12
Irvine Henderson Facebook 34 23
Mark Weekes Facebook 34 57
Fergal Kelly Facebook 35 20
Carl Brittain Facebook 35 25
Monty Galvin Facebook 35 34
Denis O’Sullivan Facebook 36 4
Joe Smith Email 36 11
Harry Drew Facebook 36 24
Carl Pedley Facebook 37 8
Matt Johnson Facebook 37 17
Graham Wells Facebook 37 18
Andy Morrison Facebook 37 33
Dave Parry Facebook 37 40
Paul Murray Facebook 37 42
Adam Hunter Facebook 38 -3
John Nicholson Facebook 38 31
Andy Dunne Facebook 38 32
Aaron Bradshaw Facebook 38 34
Paul Deller Facebook 38 53
Tim McGarry Facebook 38 57
Adam Ralph Facebook 39 11
Ryno Lingenfelder Facebook 39 20
Chris Muir Facebook 39 23
Alex Rattan Facebook 39 25
Anthony Aston Facebook 39 33
William Adam Facebook 39 42
Rick Hewitt Facebook 39 45
Richard Baxter Facebook 39 48
Tony Milburn Facebook 39 51
Dave Mackenna Facebook 39 55
Brendan Devlin Facebook 40 30
Breandan O’Lorcain Facebook 40 40
Clive Turnbull Email 41 17
Glyn Jones Facebook 41 37
Keith Masters Facebook 41 58
Mike Burkey Facebook 42 3
Chris Hickey Facebook 42 7
NJ Bevan Facebook 42 18
John James Ollerenshaw Facebook 42 21
Murray Laird Facebook 42 28
Andrew Heron Facebook 42 32
Mark Wellington Facebook 42 37
Paul Maughan Facebook 43 7
Nige Saunders Facebook 43 16
Richard Bradbrook Facebook 43 25
Andy Smith Facebook 43 33
Ceri Thomas Email 43 96
Dennis Saunders Facebook 44 7
Andi Duncan Facebook 44 10
Colum Cronin Facebook 44 30
Terry Horan Facebook 44 52
Dave Giannone Riley Facebook 44 66
Charlie Rogers Facebook 45 29
Neil Fay Facebook 45 40
Darren Williams Facebook 46 14
Luke Wrightson Facebook 46 28
Donagh Fawl Facebook 46 40
David Beard Facebook 46 50
John Woolley Facebook 47 34
Dean Oakley Facebook 47 36
Kenny Thomson Facebook 47 42
Jamie Grandon Facebook 47 47
Mark Graham Facebook 47 79
Raymur Lilb Facebook 48 29
Aidan McCarthy Facebook 48 35
Harry White Facebook 48 49
Brennan McCallion Facebook 49 16
Jamie Parker Email 49 35
Ken Banks Facebook 49 43
Paul Tunley Facebook 49 52
Donal McCarthy Facebook 50 50
Stuart Goodson Facebook 50 60
Grant Stewart Twitter 51 -21
David Bedford Facebook 51 9
Sam Jordan Facebook 51 19
Mark Conneely Facebook 51 23
Ryan Ainley Facebook 51 53
Simon Miller Email 51 75
Clyde Mitchell Facebook 52 24
Kevin McNally Facebook 52 54
Sean Colgan Facebook 52 57
David Noonan Facebook 52 72
Kevin Browne Facebook 53 32
Colin Vosper Facebook 53 50
James Paradise Facebook 54 24
Paul Wood Facebook 54 55
Gearoid Harmon Facebook 54 74
Mick Batey Facebook 55 41
Barry MacPhee Email 55 55
Nico Steenkamp Facebook 56 48
Paul Scorer Email 57 17
Shay Shannon Facebook 57 19
Ryan Stevens Email 58 87
Luc McCaffrey Facebook 59 47
Ash Mashei Facebook 60 44
Oliver Lines Facebook 60 47
Simon S Twitter 61 51
Warrick Sawyer Facebook 61 66
Chris Nuttall Facebook 63 43
Elliott Farmer Facebook 65 34
Richard Main Facebook 73 46
Cathal Dennehy Facebook 73 132
Glen Burke Facebook 75 92
Richard McKernan Facebook 76 54