The PGA golf season is a long one, but there are certain stretches where the intensity gets ramped right up. With the Players Championship moving to March this season, as well as a couple of other big events on the calendar this month, it’s fair to say that the month of March is going to be a good one for golf fans. The 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which will start this Thursday, March 7 at the famed Bay Hill Course, is a serious tournament, but it’s one where the players also have a bit of fun before the bigger tournaments come into play. It’s a star-studded field set to tee off on Thursday, so let’s take a look at some of the golf betting favorites.
PGA 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview & Prediction
- Location: Bay Hill, Florida, U.S.
- Established: 1966
- Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge
- Par: 72
- Length: 7,419 yards
- Tour: PGA
- Format: Stroke play
- Prize fund: $9.1 million
- 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds: (+650)
It was the Irishman who won here last year after delivering a back nine performance for the ages on the final day of the tournament. He is the favorite to win again this year, although we have now gone 3 years without seeing a back to back winner at this event.
It’s still very early in the 2019 season, but McIlroy is already in very good form, landing in the top 10 on 4 separate occasions, with his best being a 2nd place finish at the World Golf Championships – Mexico. With 14 wins on the tour, this is a player that is always in with a shot at landing atop the leaderboard.
- 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds: (+1000)
The defending FedEx Cup Champion is going to be one of the players drawing a lot of attention this week, with golf fans keen to see how he follows up what was a brilliant season last year.
The early signs show that Rose is picking up right where he left off, as he already has a tour win under his belt this season, taking the top prize at the Farmers Insurance Open, as well as landing in the top 3 at the HSBC Champions event. His win came at the end of January, and he has not played in the US since, so perhaps a little rust here.
- 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds: (+1100)
This is a player who has, rather quietly, moved his way all the way up to the #3 spot in the world rankings. Koepka has seen his 2019 season got off to a fast start with a win at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges event, as well as a tie for second at the Honda Classic last weekend.
If he can carry over his strong play from that event, he might well prove to be the one to watch come Sunday afternoon. This is an incredibly strong field this weekend, but I am putting my money on Koepka to top them all and get the win.
- 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds: (+1200)
When you talk about a player who is in the top 10 in the world, it seems odd to talk about a breakout season, but Fowler may be about to have that, as he has made a killer start to 2019.
Fowler has landed in the top 5 in 3 separate tournaments, including a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He is a good bet to get into the top 5 again this weekend and could be right there come Sunday afternoon.
Last 10 Winners
- 2018: Rory McIlroy
- 2017: Marc Leishman
- 2016: Jason Day
- 2015: Matt Every
- 2014: Matt Every
- 2013: Tiger Woods
- 2012: Tiger Woods
- 2011: Martin Laird
- 2010: Ernie Els
- 2009: Tiger Woods