Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview
The 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational will take place from Orlando, Florida at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. This event has been called numerous different names, but it has always been played here at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
The Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a private golf club that is owned by great one, Arnold Palmer. Arnold Palmer once classified this course as the “Best Course in Florida,” but that may be due to the fact that he is the owner and since 1974, has maintained control of the Orlando, Florida Golf Course.
The Bay Hill Club and Lodge plays out at a distance of 7,419 yards and is a Par 72. Bay Hill is unique in the fact that they have 4 Par 3’s that measure 199 yds, 215 yds, 221 yds, and 231 yds. With the course playing over 7400 yards and having each of the Par 3’s measuring 199 or more yards, this course plays long!
There is plenty of water and sand bunkers spread out all over Bay Hill, so accuracy will be a key trait that you will want to have on your side.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Odds
Charles Howell III-40/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello-50/1
Si Woo Kim-60/1
Byeong Hun An-80/1
Harold Varner III-150/1
Rory McIlroy – Rory is the favorite this year mainly because he is in great form and second, he won here last year. Rory is playing more tournaments this year on the PGA Tour, and the increased tournaments have proven beneficial as he has finished in 2nd, 4th, 4th and 5th place in 2019. He has very low odds at 7/1, but if he is as good this week as he has been in weeks past he will be very tough to beat.
Brooks Koepka – Koepka came on really strong last week at the Honda Classic, finishing up in 2nd place, 1 stroke behind the winner Keith Mitchell. Koepka will be the hometown favorite here and all though he hasn’t really played well here in years past, I think this could be his year as he has improved his play over the past 4 tournaments. If Koepka’s putting holds up, he will be very tough to beat this week.
The Value Plays
Ian Poulter – Just listen to Poulter’s recent tournaments……3rd, 6th, 3rd, and 6th. Now, tell me why he is 40/1 and can even be found at some sportsbooks for up to 70/1. Poulter is as reliable as any golfer in this tournament, and he is not getting enough respect this year at all! His putting has been stronger than years past, he is hitting fairways, and his sand save % helps him bigtime on these bunker-heavy courses!
Bubba Watson – Very rarely do we ever get a chance to play a former Majors winner and someone that has already two wins in the past 12 months, yet get them at 40/1. That is exactly what you get with Bubba Watson. Watson is from Florida and has played here numerous times. His experience is mixed, with some missed cuts, but also with a 4th and 8th placed finishes.
Byeong Hun-An – One of the golfers that we like as a longshot this week is Byeong Hun-An. An comes in at around 80/1, which is somewhat confusing since he has placed inside the Top 50 in 13 of his last 14 tournaments. An has a really strong Approach game that should really help him this week. An has played here 3 years in a row and finished in 14th place last year. With decent course history and strong form, he is a great value at these big numbers.
Matt Every – The odds on Matt Every are sort of baffling. He comes in at 100/1, which is similar to those golfers that have never won a tournament or are in really bad form. That is contrary to both factors with Every, as he has not only won golf tournaments, but he won this exact tournament two times, once in 2014 and again in 2015. On top of that, he enters this week off a 16th place finish at the Honda Open and finishing in the Top 20 in 5 of his last 6 tournaments. The numbers simply don’t add up and make Every one of our top values in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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