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The Course - Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Florida.
The PGA Tour heads north once again this week and to the suburbs of Orlando for one of the most prestigious events of the season; The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Bay Hill is a famed track in the US, most notably through associations with the great man who passed away in 2016. The course itself is a 7,400 yard par 72 comprised of bermuda grass and fairways. The course is recognisable in that almost all holes are dog legs, and well protected with 85 bunkers, and water in play on 9 holes. The key to success at Bay Hill has often been great putting with past multiple winners including the likes of Tiger Woods, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and Matt Every
The Market Leaders
There is a stunning array of talent at the top of the market for the Bay Hill Invitational, and that is the case even without the late withdrawal of Tiger Woods, citing a stiff neck ahead of next week’s unofficial 5th major, The Players Championship, at Sawgrass. Last year’s winner Rory Mcilroy leads the betting at 14/1*, and it is hard not to imagine the Northern Irishman challenging once again on one of his favourite Tor tracks. Other notables include last week’s runners up Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka, along with England’s Justin Rose, and Australia’s Jason Day.
Bryson Dechambeau: 16/1* to Win
American Dechambeau is one of a new generation of youngsters that have come through, and are beginning to take over from the old guard made up of the likes of Woods, Mickelson, Furyk, and Stenson. The characterful player has won 7 times in his already young career, including 5 times on the PGA Tour and arrives at Bay Hill with huge confidence following 4 tiop 10s in his last 6 events, including a win, and a 2nd place here last year behind Mcilroy. Dechambeau is now in the top echelons of the World game and there is no reason he should be behind the likes of Koepka and Fowler in the market this week. I am supporting the American with 4 points Win at 16/1*.
Rickie Fowler: 11/1* to Win
Fowler very nearly got the nod as our main pick after narrowly missing out on a playoff last week to maiden Tour winner Kevin Mitchell. Fowler birdied his final two holes, including holing a 40 foot monster on 17 and will have been disappointed not to have had a crack at a playoff; although he took it with his customary dignity. Bay Hill represents the perfect location for Fowler to bounce back having finished inside the top 15 each of the last two years, and 3rd back in 2013. Fowler has very few weaknesses in his game. He can tame tough, blustery, conditions as he proved last week at PGA National, and I expect him to be prominent throughout the week with a great chance of picking up the famous trophy on Sunday night. The recommended staking strategy is 3 Points Win at 11/1*.
Adam Hadwin: 70/1* to win
I tipped 31 year old Hadwin a couple of weeks ago, and sadly he flattered to deceive in Los Angeles at the Northern Trust Open, however I feel that he is worth another go at an improved price of 70/1 in a tournament where he has finished 6th, and never outside the top 40. Hadwin meets the criteria of having a tremendous short game, and most notably is an incredible putter. As we have seen from past winners, this has always been the most important statistic when deciding who leaves Bay Hill victorious, and this should play to Hadwin’s strengths. Following his early season 2nd place in the Desert, Hadwin has gone slightly off the boil, but still has managed to make all 3 cuts, and post a top 20. After a couple of weeks off, I expect a newly invigorated Hadwin to challenge for the title here. 2 Points e/w at 44/1*.
Harris English: 150/1* to Win
The final pick for this week is American Harris English. A hugely talented player, English has largely not featured on Tour over the past couple of years, however there have been recent signs that could be about to change, and this theory was further strengthened with a highly impressive 12th place finish last week at The Honda Classic. English also has a relatively good set of results at Bay Hill for someone of his price, having finished inside the top 30 in three of the last 5 years, including a 22nd last year when his game was in far poorer shape than it is coming in here in 2019. 1 Point e/w at 150/1*.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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