Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the betting markets for this weeks Arnold Palmer Invitational.
<h2 style="text-align:center;">March 7-10</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Sky Sports</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Bay Hill</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Par 72, 7419 yards</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Entrants: 123</h2><p> </p><h2>Preview</h2><p>This long-established event on the PGA since 1979 is played at a private resort owned by the late golfing legend Arnold Palmer.</p><p>Defending champion is Rory Mcllroy who won the event for the first time last year and he is a solid favourite after starting the season with four top 5 finishes.</p><p>Tiger Woods was looking forward to returning to his favourite PGA tour stop for the nineteenth time injury free after his last few years of struggle with a serious back injury. His record is outstanding, eight times the champion here between 2000-2013 a record that will probably never be equalled.</p><p>Phil Mickelson a past champion and Tiger’s main rival many times here has entered for the first time since 2013. The 48 year is still very much a factor on tour winning last month’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.</p><p>South African multiple major champion Ernie Els and Matt Every are the only other multiple winners of the event in this weeks field. Australian’s Jason Day and Mark Leishman have both won here in recent weeks and warrant respect after making solid starts to their respective seasons.</p><p>Last season’s runner up Bryson Dechambeau has since become a prolific winner on both sides of the Atlantic winning five times in his last twenty starts since June 2018.</p><p> </p><h2>Verdict</h2><p>A massive shame to see eight time champion Tiger Woods withdraw Monday evening, one can only imagine how hard it is to manage his back condition at his age and give himself the best possible chance of adding to his major title tally.</p><p>The reigning winner of “The Claret Jug” Francesco Molinari has made this event part of his schedule for the last six seasons in which time he has managed four top 20 finishes. The Open champion will have been encouraged by his first PGA outing two weeks ago at the WGC Mexico Championship. I cannot imagine the consistent Italian will be outside the top 20 and if he gets in contention every chance we will a have back to back European winners. The only other European to win at Bay Hill was Scotland's Martin Laird in 2011.</p><p>We know former champions come back year after year and play well here and Matt Every is a great example of that. A back to back winner of the title in 2014 and 2015. Amazingly these are the only two wins of his PGA tour career and since his last win his career has been in a nosedive. This season in recent weeks he has put together a solid bank of form with three top 20 finishes in his last four events. Despite his recent slump Matt Every has often been leading or amongst the leaders after his opening rounds in events making him a regular pick in the First Round Leader market.</p><p>The 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover looks set for a good week here having previously had four top 20 finishes in nine outings. He appears to have found a new level of consistency in his play this season.</p><p>Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, two former major champions’ have to be respected having played really well last week at the Honda Classic.</p><p>The 2017 champion Mark Leishman has always been a major factor at Bay Hill. We have a solid each way bet as the Australian has five top 5 finishes in his last eight events.</p><p>Talor Gooch impressed many with his early season form, a 3rd at the Desert Classic and 4th at the Farmers Insurance Open. After a couple of weeks rest he was back at last week’s Honda Classic finishing 20th.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center;">Recommended Bets</h2><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Francesco Molinari – Top 20 @6/4 (2.50) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank">William Hill</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Matt Every (First Round Leader) - each way @85/1 (86.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Mark Leishman – each way @33/1 (34.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank">Unibet</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Talor Gooch – each way @140/1 (141) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a></strong></p>