Arnold Palmer Invitational Tees Off: Thursday, Mar. 16
Bay Hill Club and Lodge – Orlando, FL
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The TOUR golfers head to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday. This tournament will have a bit of a different vibe with the legendary Arnold Palmer having passed away. We will also not be seeing Tiger Woods, who has won this tournament eight times in his career. Woods is still dealing with an injured back, and we can only hope that we’ll be able to watch him in The Masters. At last week’s Valspar Championship, Adam Hadwin was the guy that emerged with the victory. He beat Patrick Cantlay by one stroke, and Hadwin is now going off at 60-to-1 to win this week’s event. The field for this tournament will be pretty exciting to watch, as Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler will all be competing this weekend. Ernie Els and Matt Every will also be playing, and each of them has won this tournament twice. Every actually won it in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015, but Day snapped that streak with his victory in 2016. With that out of the way, let’s now take a look at some of the best picks to win on Sunday:
Rory McIlroy (7-to-1) - Rory McIlroy has never won an Arnold Palmer Invitational, but this is as good a time as any for him to win his first. In a field that doesn’t include a few of the world’s top golfers, McIlroy has to be feeling confident in his chances. Either he or Day is going to be the most talented golfer on the course this weekend, and McIlroy should be itching for a victory. He has had a slow start to the year, but he should be a bit more comfortable at this point in the season. Look for him to play a very good tournament this weekend and don’t be afraid to back him at 7-to-1.
Jason Day (12-to-1) - The fact that Day can be had at 12-to-1 in this tournament is rather surprising. As previously mentioned, Day is the defending champion this weekend. He shot a 17-under to win last year’s tournament and that was the second-best score shot in this event in the past 10 Arnold Palmer Invitational’s. Day also happens to just be one of the best players in this field, and could use a victory after a sluggish start to the season. Look for him to come out firing on Thursday and remain near the top of the leaderboard until the final day of this tournament.
Brandt Snedeker (35-to-1) - Snedeker has never won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he represents a good value this weekend. Snedeker is a guy that you can always count on to perform at a high level, as he is one of the best putters in the world. That type of skill translates to any golf course, and that makes his 35-to-1 odds stand out. It’s hard to imagine him really laying an egg this weekend, and he could very well win this tournament if he is striking the ball well.
Matt Every (250-to-1) - Every might not be a mainstay on the TOUR, but he has certainly had his share of success in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As previously mentioned, Every won this tournament in both 2014 and 2015. His outing in 2015 was especially impressive, as he shot a 19-under to win that one. Every is not a top golfer on the TOUR, but he is a top performer on this golf course. Sometimes that is all that matters, and he is worth a little something with his ridiculous 250-to-1 odds.