Arnold Palmer 2020 : The PGA TOUR has released the featured groups for the Arnold Palmer Invitational for their live streaming service, which means it’s time to sweat some bets! Typically, the main bets for these featured groups will consist of matchup bets or three-balls.
The goal of this piece is to provide you with actionable and easily digestible information, to help both of us make informed decisions on these bets.
So, each week I’ll be using the golf metrics in the FantasyLabs Player Models, along with other industry metrics in search of potential edges in these matchups.
The PGA TOUR announced today the four featured groupings for Thursday-Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, to be contested at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
The last stop before the Players Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational will include a stacked field, including World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, gearing up for one of the Tour’s premier events.
McIlroy, the champion of this event back in 2018, has made five starts this Tour season and has finished inside the top five each time. He also will be preparing his game as he defends his Players victory at TPC Sawgrass victory.
Along with McIlroy, WGC-Mexico victor Patrick Reed will be teeing off this week at Bay Hill, as will Rickie Fowler coming off a missed cut at the Honda Classic. Past API champion Phil Mickelson and Orlando residents Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell are also all in the Bay Hill field.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is an event which has been dominated by international players in recent years, and the prospects of that happening again increased on the day that Rory McIlroy committed, and eight-time course winner Tiger Woods did not.
Woods’ absence at a course where he’s conjured so many acts of wizardry is a shame, as he focuses on being fit and firing for Augusta. Had he been in the field, he would have been one of several elite players who are desperately searching for something with the season about to crank up a gear.
McIlroy has no such problems, arriving as he does at the very top of his game, and he’s the general 5/1 favourite. So he should be. And yet, there’s no denying his success here in 2018 was a perfect storm of rain-softened fairways and a red-hot putter; under the firmer conditions of 2019, which we should expect again this time, I don’t think this is a perfect course for him.