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Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Tips

Arnold Palmer Invitational betting tips & predictionsArnold 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.

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. 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 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, Rory McIlroy captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational title finishing the week -18 (270). Surprisingly, it was a red hot putter that helped deliver the spoils for the Northern Irishman. He finished 1st in Strokes Gained Putting gaining over 10 strokes on the field average for the week.

“I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him, but I’m so happy to put my name on that trophy”

– Rory McIlroy

McIlroy closed out the tournament with five birdies over his last six holes for a final round -8 (63) giving him a three shot victory. He finished the week T48 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T45 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

In 2017, Marc Leishman holed a 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.

“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.”

– Marc Leishman

The Australian won on the strength of his approach play and putting. For the tournament he gained just over 13 strokes on the field average from his SG:Approach-The-Green and SG:Putting stats. He finished the week T17 for Driving Accuracy, T26 for Driving Distance, T1 for GIR and 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting.

The 2016 champion, 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 of his total gain on the field average, with his short game shots contributing another 30 percent.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Tips 2019

Rickie Fowler golf betting tipsRickie Fowler 12/1 (E/W) – a T14 in last year’s edition of the tournament was preceded with a solo 12th in 2017. Also placed T3 at Bay Hill in 2013. Tops this week’s Current Form table thanks to his victory in the WM Phoenix Open and T2 finish in last week’s Honda Classic. The current World No.7 places 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis table thanks to a rock solid all-round game. He is also 5th on Tour for Birdie Average and 4th for Scoring Average. The Florida resident is hard to ignore this week based on recent form and stats.
Charles Howell III golf betting tipsCharles Howell III 50/1 (E/W) – a regular visitor to Bay Hill he finished T14 in last year’s playing of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Has 7 x Top 25’s so far this season including a victory in the RSM Classic. A solo 6th in the Genesis Open was followed by a T14 in his last outing at the WGC Mexico Championship. Comfortably tops this week’s Stats Analysis table which is no mean feat considering the field depth. Thriving again after his 11 year wait to return to the winner’s circle. Good each way value.


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