It might have been a quiet week for the golf blog last week – but it was another super week for the Golf Betting Expert who tipped SSP Chowrasia to win the Indian Open at 100/1. I seem to recall he tipped the same player to win on his way to a great 2016, and it looks like it’s going to be more of the same for his members in 2017.
The pick of this week’s golf action is the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which has been played at the Bay Hill Country Club in Florida since 1979, and winning this year’s tournament will have even more emphasis on it, as the winner will get to make the first acceptance speech since Arnold Palmer sadly passed away.
It’s a massive event, with total prize-money of $8.7 million, whilst the winner gets a 3-year PGA Tour Exemption, and the only big names to side-step the event are Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.
The tournament has been won by some of the biggest names over the years, with Tiger Woods heading that list with 8 wins. Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickleson also got to shake Arnie’s hand as winners, as did last year’s winner Jason Day, but lesser golfers like Matt Evert (twice), Martin Laird, and Chad Campbell have also won here this century.
I think the world’s best players will have extra-motivation to be the first winner since Arnie died, and it’s no surprise that Rory McIlroy heads the market after one pundit commented, “Just how good could he be now he has a choice of playing whatever clubs and balls he chooses”. He may well compete this week after only tiring late in the WGC Mexico Championship two weeks ago, but his form of 11/27 here doesn’t have me twitching about the 7/1.
Henrik Stenson looks much more of a betting proposition, as the Swede has shown a consistent liking for this layout with form of 8/5/2/3 – and he looks the main bet of the week at 9/1.
Last year’s winner Jason Day also looks overpriced this week at 14/1 and, at a course which demands power, a good short-game and first-class putting, he should not be overlooked.
Justin Rose has also shown plenty of decent form here with two top-5s in the last 5 years and another top-10 last year, and he also looks worth a bet at 20/1.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Preview And Tips
Henrik Stenson 2 Points Each-Way @ 9/1 (Various Bookies)
Jason Day 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 14/1 (Various Bookies)
Justin Rose 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 20/1 (Various Bookies)