Arnold Palmer Invitational: PGA Golf Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/15/18
The 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Arnold Palmer Invitational: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Bay Hill Club and Lodge) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
We stay in Florida for the third time in the last four weeks, this time for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. This event is played at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge and with 120 players selected, we always get a loaded field and ton of valuable betting options. The last four years the winner has been decided by one stroke, so get ready for some competitive golf. Let’s not waste anymore time.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Tiger Woods - It’s been forever since I’ve put Tiger Woods on any card, but last week was a clear sign he may be finally turning the corner after countless personal issues and injuries. Woods finished runner-up at the Valspar Championship and had many causal golf fans watching the sport for the first time in years. Woods has now put together solid back-to-back performances when you throw in the Honda Classic, and he’s currently fifth in scoring average. Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times, while nobody else has won this event more than twice. From 2000 to 2003, Woods won this event four straight times, making him one of four golfers in PGA history to win an event four straight years. This will get interesting. Give me Woods and +650 odds.
Emiliano Grillo - Emiliano Grillo has only played this event twice, but he finished 17th in 2016 and seventh last season. Grillo has finished 12th or better in three of his last five PGA events and is coming off a top-10 performance at the Honda Classic. Grillo is also a solid 29th in driving accuracy percentage and 13th in greens in regulation percentage. Grillo also hasn’t missed a cut since the Wyndham Championship back in mid August. There’s great value with the Argentinian and odds of +6600.
Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson missed the cut last week in the Valspar Championship and missed the cut last year in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. There’s reason not to look Stenson’s way with limited golf under his belt and the fact he wasn’t good last week. However, Stenson has finished eighth or better in four of his last five appearances at this event, which includes a runner-up finish in 2015. Consistent success at a particular event is big for me when putting together a card, and not many have played this well on this course over the years. Give me Stenson and +2800 odds.
Zach Johnson - It’s been a while since Zach Johnson has won a PGA event, but he’s been quietly playing good golf recently, putting together seven top-25 finishes in his last eight events. Johnson finished 16th last week in the Valspar Championship and is currently 12th in scoring average. As for this event, Johnson does have three top-10 finishes in his last six appearances and usually bounces back in a big way after a subpar performance. You get the feeling Johnson is due to put himself in contention. Odds of +6600 are a steal.
Francesco Molinari - Francesco Molinari has yet to win a PGA event and is more known for his Twitter rant these days than his overall performances. However, Molinari is coming off a top-25 showing in Mexico, and he’s 22nd in driving distance as well as 30th in greens in regulation percentage. Molinari has also finished in the top-10 in three of his last four appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari and his history on this course make him a strong dark horse with +7500 odds.