Venue: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Bay Hill, Florida
Date: March 7-10, 2019
Course stats: Par 72, 7,419 yards
Course summary: Bay Hill is a course that suits the bigger hitters on the tour due to Arnold Palmer’s changes to the course in 2009. The fairways have been made wider and there have been a number of changes to the bunkering which has increased the number of potential flag positions. Water hazards come into play on nine of the holes and it is the ultimate risk-and-reward course.
Defending champion: Rory McIlroy
Weather forecast: The weather is looking fantastic for the tournament days with plenty of sun with slight breezes. By Sunday the temperature at Bay Hill could rise to 31°c.
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event (Featured Groups) 2pm, Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event (Featured Groups) 2pm, Sky Sports Golf, 7pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 5.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event, 8pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 4.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event, 7.30pm
Arnold Palmer Invitational betting tips: Each-way picks
Si Woo Kim has seen an upturn in form over recent weeks with two top fives in his last two starts. The South Korean will need to make a slight improve his accuracy off the tee if he is wanting any success this week.
However he currently ranks fourth in strokes gained for putting and the Arnold Palmer Invitational has seen some tremendous putters win the tournament. You can find Si Woo at around 80/1 for this week.
A player that has seen a massive improvement to his game in 2019 is Michael Thompson who is priced at 80/1. The 33 year-old already has more top 25 finishes than last year and heads to Bay Hill off the back of five straight top 20s.
The ever-so-reliable Charles Howell III has made all but one cut in the 2019 season so far and won his first tournament in over 11 years at the RSM Classic in November.
The American has seven top 20s on his record this season with five of those being inside the top 10.
He also has an impressive record at Bay Hill having made every cut in his last 10 appearances at the course and can be found at around 60/1 with the bookmakers.
So that’s who Matthew thinks could defy the odds this week. But who is in the frame to walk off with first prize? Turn the page to find out who is leading picks are for this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational betting tips.