- Deep field teeing it up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 7
- Injury bug bites Tiger Woods again as he withdraws with a neck strain
- We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious
Tiger Woods was set to return to his personal playground at Bay Hill this week, but the 8-time champ had to withdraw with a neck strain, opening up a clearer path for the other golfers to taste victory.
The defending champion is Rory McIlroy who blitzed the field last year with a sizzling 64 on Sunday, en route to a three-stroke victory, and he returns this year in extremely good form.
2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds
|Golfer||Odds to Win 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bovada||Odds at BetOnline|
*Odds taken 03/04/19. Follow the link in the table above to see all options.
Rory McIlroy on Best 4-Tournament Stretch of Career
Despite not picking up a worldwide victory since his triumph at Bay Hill last year, Rory McIlroy has racked up four straight top-5 finishes for the first time in his career.
Everything is peaking perfectly towards that elusive green jacket at the Masters in April, which would complete the career grand slam.
Catch up on Rory McIlroy's first round 63 in Mexico 📽️ pic.twitter.com/W85gOm8tYm
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 22, 2019
It would be absolutely stunning if McIlroy didn’t contend deep into the weekend again this year at Arnie’s place.
With Tiger not teeing it up, however, McIlroy’s odds aren’t super enticing at just +700. I’d be more inclined to pass on wagering on the Ulsterman and perhaps wait for an in-play bet should he get off to a slower start.
Rory McIlroy’s Last 4 Tournaments
|Sentry Tournament of Champions||T-4th|
|Farmers Insurance Open||T-5th|
*McIlroy is the defending champion at Arnold Palmer Invitational
Bryson DeChambeau an Intriguing Option
Since his incredible tear, which saw him emerge victorious four times in a nine-tournament stretch, Bryson DeChambeau has “struggled” by his lofty standards with those results being T-6, T-15, T-56.
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) March 4, 2019
Last year, DeChambeau gave McIlroy all he could handle down the stretch before finishing runner-up in a thrilling duel.
I expect him to shake off his recent poor outing at the WGC-Mexico and get back to being his dominant Mad Scientist-self this week, doing one better than last year.
Did You Know….
Bryson DeChambeau has tied the longest under-par round streak since the OWGR began in 1986. He has carded 26 consecutive under par rounds dating back to September last year. pic.twitter.com/MziaZk8ywI
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 4, 2019
Last 5 Arnold Palmer Invitational Winners
2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Best Value Picks
- Henrik Stenson (+5000): Has struggled with his game of late but he’s due for a breakthrough at Bay Hill. Last six times around this course he has 2nd, T-3rd, 4th, T-5th, T-8th finishes with a lone missed cut.
- Lucas Glover (+5000): Has seven top-17 finishes in eight events this year, including T-7th and T-4th results in last two events.
- Si Woo Kim (+6600): T-4th and 3rd place showings in last two tournaments bodes well for boom-or-bust type player.
- Matt Every (+10000): 2014 & 2015 champion of this tournament has been quietly steady this season with top-20 finishes in all four events.