2017 Arnold Palmer Betting Preview And Tips

Bay Hill Club, Orlando, Florida
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,419
Purse: $6.3 million with $1,134,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Jason Day

Arnie will always be The King.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the last week with several high profile no-shows but Rory, Henrik, Hideki, Day and Fowler are all in the field and with several tributes to The King planned, it promises to be as dramatic as it will be emotional.

Doc's Top Five Best Bets

Henrik Stenson 10/1

Simmering and ready to boil.  Henrik has four top eight finishes from his last four completed events including seconds in Dubai and the WGC HSBC.  But aside from that, his driving and iron stats are pretty much always top-5 which makes putting critical for Henrik. He was T3 here last year, having led the GIR stats with 54 greens hit but needing 117 putts for the week.  Winner Jason Day hit eight less greens but needed just 100 putts.  If Stenson that sort out the putting at Bay Hill he can win. Top eight in his last four API's.

Rickie Fowler 16/1

Looks a threat every time he tees it up these days.  Rickie didn't play the event last year and has only one top 10 from five starts here but that was a T3 in 2013 and he's arguably in better form now than then.  Coming in rested after a T16 in Mexico and win the week before that at The Honda Classic. Really ramping up in form ahead of The Masters.

Tyrrell Hatton 40/1

It's kindof baffling how sparingly Tyrrell is appearing but intriguing all the same.  T13 in Abu Dhabi, T3 in Dubai, T4 at The Honda, 10th in Mexico; it's super form based on all around solid stats.  The guys coming from The Valspar arguably have an advantage given Innisbrook and Bay Hill now share the same TifEagle Bermuda greens but for me that's where the similarities end and I think Hatton can get straight back on the horse and be at the business end again here.

Graeme McDowell 50/1

GMac is on the way back!  Three top-15 finishes from his last four starts and surely it's only a matter of time before a proven winner like Graeme breaks through again.  His T14 at the Valspar came playing catch up after a first round 75 and has to be admired all the more for that.  At home in Orlando Gmac has a best from a mixed bag of solo 2nd here in 2012.

Wes Bryan 50/1

It's like a Catch 22 with tipping Wes Bryan this days.  If you leave him off your betslip and he wins this week. you'll kick yourself.  T4 at The Genesis, T4 at The Honda and T7 last week at The Valspar with eight rounds from 12 in the 60's and all the major stats trending in the right direction. Debutant on the course but isn't he always on this adventure, and it doesn't seem to matter!

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