PGA Golf tips at $31 and $65! Arnold Palmer Invitational preview

Arnold Palmer Invitational
Arnold Palmer Invitational

We have the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week. The field isn’t as deep as it could be, and has been further weakened by the withdrawal of the defending champion, Bryson DeChambeau, due to a hip injury.

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Not one of the oldest events on the schedule, but one of the more prestigious due to the famous name it now bears. The tournament started out as the Florida Citrus Open, changing to the Bay Hill Invitational until 2007, when it took on the name of the legendary golfer (who won this event once, back in 1971). It’s one of only five invitational events on the PGA Tour and its status and prestige has been further enhanced in the past by the fact that Tiger Woods has won this event no less than 8 times!

Prize money $12m ($1.67m to the winner)

Field 132

72-Hole Record 264: Payne Stewart (1987)

18-Hole Record 62: Andy Bean (1981), Greg Norman (1984), Adam Scott (2014)

Past winners taking part Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Martin Laird.

Highest-ranked OWGR players in field Rahm (1), McIlroy (5), Scheffler (6), Hovland (4), Matsuyama (11), Burns (16), Horschel (22).

2021 result:
-7 Bryson DeChambeau ($13)
-6 Lee Westwood ($151)
-4 Corey Conners ($81)
-2 Andrew Putnam ($151)
-2 Jordan Spieth ($36)
-2 Richy Werenski ($251)

Arnold Palmer Invitational: The Course

We’re at the Bay Hill Golf Club near Orlando in Florida. Built in 1960 it was designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, before Arnold Palmer bought it some years later (1976) and improved the facility. The course started out as a par 70, but after several changes over the years, including a widening the fairways and re-shaping the treeline, it’s now an easier-scoring par 72 stretching over 7,419 yards. Easier… but by no means easy!

Arnold Palmer Invitational: The Weather

A dry week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 10%-10%-10%-10% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the high 70s, with partial cloud cover during the week. Maximum wind speeds will be highest at the weekend, reaching 11-13mph.

Arnold Palmer Invitational: Value Bets

These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

MARC LEISHMAN (currently $31 with TopSport)

Leishman ticks a lot of boxes this week. He’s a former winner here at Bay Hill, and besides that win in 2017 the Aussie has also posted a RU finish in 2020, 7th in 2018. Put simply, Leishman likes this course! He’s quietly been trending the right way recently, without hitting top form. Finishes of 15-28-16-36-10 this year illustrate his solid all-round game. Leishman only needs a few putts to drop and I can see him challenging once again. Anything around 30/1 I think is a very acceptable price for this multiple PGA Tour winner, playing on a course he loves.

CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT (currently $65 with TopSport)

In my eyes, the South African has the ability to breakthrough into the world’s elite ranks, and this week I believe he’s flying well under the radar of most layers. Bezuidenhout was 7th here 12 months ago, Top 20 the year before – with a Sunday 79 thrown in! He’s posted a couple of good efforts recently, 25th in the Honda and 14th at Pebble Beach. Accurate off the tee, Bezuidenhout has got a handy short game and cast your mind back to when he won at Valderrama (when we were on him at 80/1) that’s a sign of a good player. Still finding his way on the PGA Tour, but a definite name to remember as a soon-to-be maiden winner.

The Golf Insider is a GUN. Look at these winners, all since the start of 2020…

Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21