Arnold Palmer Invitational betting tips & predictions – the Arnold Palmer Invitational is played each March at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge golf resort in Bay Hill, Florida. The event was founded in 1979 and has played under the Palmer name since 2007. It is the anchor leg of the early season Florida-Swing.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players. The other four tournaments with invitational status are the RBC Heritage, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Memorial Tournament and the Quicken Loans National. As a restricted field event only the first 70 players on the previous year’s money-list are guaranteed invitations.
Palmer sadly passed away from heart complications in September 2016 at the age of 87. To honour his memory, a 13 foot statue in his likeness was unveiled at last year’s tournament. The statue overlooks the first and tenth tees. Mastercard, the tournament’s long-time presenting sponsor, covered costs for the statue’s production, shipping and installation as a way to honour Palmer and his legacy.
Bay Hill opened for play in 1961 and was designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee. Arnold Palmer redesigned the course in 2009. From its tips the Par 72 layout can stretch to 7,419 yards.
The event has been dominated by Tiger Woods who won four years in a row from 2000 to 2003. He also won the 2008, 2009, 2012 and again in 2013 for his eighth victory in the tournament.
Total Driving around Bay Hill is important as the course demands length off the tee and with challenging rough, wayward drives will be penalised. The greens continually rank among the most difficult to hit in regulation leaning Bay Hill towards the ‘second shot golf course’ category.
Bay Hill is not a course that can be overpowered and every aspect of a player’s game is tested to the full. Experience is vital and key for good course management. Scoring on the Par 5’s is important and like previous weeks, an ability to manoeuvre the ball in blustery conditions is essential.
Last year, Marc Leishman holed a miraculous 50 foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead in the final round. He closed with two pars to finish on a score of -11 (277) to edge out Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Leishman had this to say after the final round;
“You see guys win and he’s waiting there on the back of the green and to not have that is obviously very sad, but to win here is just a dream come true.”
The Australian won on the strength of his approach play and putting. He gained just over 13 stokes on the field average from his approach to the green and putting stats. He finished the week T17 for Driving Accuracy, T26 for Driving Distance, T1 for GIR and 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2016, Jason Day was a wire-to-wire winner of the tournament. After the final round he had this to say;
“My iron play was very, very poor over the weekend but one thing that helped a lot was my short game.”
For the week, Day’s putting contributed 37 percent (1.4 strokes per round) of his total gain on the field, with his short game shots contributing another 30 percent (1.1 strokes per round).
In 2015 Matt Every defended his title winning on the strength of his approach shots and his putting. He gained 3.8 strokes per round on the field with approach shots contributing 1.8 strokes of the gain (3rd) and putting contributing another 1.2 strokes (8th).
Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Tips 2018