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2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational – PGA Betting Preview

2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational – PGA Betting Preview

It was a fantastic event at the WGC Workday last week and the PGA Tour rolls on this week as we head to Orlando, Florida for the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational. As usual, we have you covered with a full preview and betting picks for the event below. 

Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Picks

One of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour calendar, the Arnold Palmer Invitational is always one of the highlights of each season. Given it’s status as one of only five invitational events on the schedule, the Arnold Palmer has a reduced field and an increased prize pool which usually attracts a solid field. 

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC)

PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Featured Groups); 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

Radio: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio).

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The Field

While the Arnold Palmer lacks some of the really top end super-star talent this season, it more than makes up for it with high profile players ranked in the 10-40 range. Just two of the top 10 players in the world will compete in Europeans Tyrrell Hatton and Rory McIlroy, but they will be backed up by a host of noteable names in the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, Patrick Reed, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood.

Past winners of the Arnold Palmer who have proven pedigree at the Bay Hill Golf Club and will be back again to tee it up this season include Tyrrell Hatton (2020), Francesco Molinari (2019), Marc Leishman (2018), Jason Day (2017) and back to back winner in 2015-16, Matt Every.

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The Course

Bay Hill Golf Course in Orlando, Florida has been the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational since it’s inception all the way back in 2007. Before that, it was a mainstay in the PGA Tour as a host of a variety of different tournaments. The course annually ranks as one of the hardest on the PGA Tour, and the 2019 edition of the Arnold Palmer saw players average 0.378 shots over par for the duration of the tournament. Tyrrell Hatton won the event with a score of just four under par, the highest score since all the way back in 1983.

At just over 7,400 as a Par 72, the course tends to favour some of the longer hitters off the tee and pure ball strikers from tee-to-green. That is the type of player we will be targeting this week, as the Bay Hill greens have proven to be some of the hardest to hit in regulation for the better part of five years. 

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Picks

We really like the look of three of the big dogs this weekend and we have also picked out some of our favourite value picks. 

Rory McIlroy (+850)

Hard to believe that some people think Rory McIlroy is having a bad season. The Northern Irishman has set such an unbelievable standard that his lack of a win through merely a quarter of the season has the critics out in full force. Only a true champion can attract such critisicm and one of Rory’s calibre is capable of answering the haters in fashion. 

His season this year has produced seven top 25 finishes through eight tournaments and he was once again in the top 10 at the WGC event on the weekend. Is a former winner at Bay Hill and is one of the best ball strikers in the world. 

Tyrrell Hatton (+1700)

The defending champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational comes into the event in arguably the best form of his career. Hatton has been back in the U.S. for just one tournament, which saw him finish T22 at the WGC event on the weekend, but his start to the calendar year in Europe was something to behold.  

Hatton finished T8 at the DP World Tour Championship, 1st in Abu Dhabi, T22 in Dubai and T6 in Saudi Arabia.

Patrick Reed (+2100)

Is the only one of our top three ranked players to have not won the Arnold Palmer before but Reed is one of the hottest golfers on the planet right now. This season, Reed has already racked up finishes of T13 at the U.S. Open, T14 at the ZOZO, T10 at the Masters, T21 at the Tournament of Champions, CUT at the American Express, 1st at the Farmers Insurance and T9 at the WGC event on the weekend.

Value Picks

Tommy Fleetwood $41
Sam Burns $41
Si Woo Kim $81

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