- Some of the best golfers in the world head to Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend where Rory McIlroy holds the shortest betting odds to win the tournament at +850.
- Other top choices include Bryson DeChambeau (+1200), Viktor Hovland (+1200), Sungjae Im (+2200), and Max Homa (+6600).
ORLANDO, Fla. – The PGA Tour takes its annual trip to Bay Hill this weekend for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where some of the best in the sport will play for one of the more sentimental stops on the schedule.
Known simply as Arnie’s Place, Bay Hill has been a memorable course for a number of years now, producing memorable moments from some of the game’s best.
Many golf fans remember at least one of Tiger Woods’ record eight wins at the API, his most wins at any single tournament throughout his illustrious career. Sadly, Woods will not be in the field this weekend as he continues to recover from his scary car accident just one week ago.
Instead, the field this week features a number of established superstars going up against some of the most promising young talents on the PGA Tour.
Betting odds for the event are now available via the major online sportsbooks, where 2018 winner Rory McIlory is the pre-tournament favorite.
Arnold Palmer Invitational - Winner
- Rory McIlroy +850
- Bryson DeChambeau +1200
- Viktor Hovland +1200
- Tyrrell Hatton +1600
- Matthew Fitzpatrick +2000
- Patrick Reed +2000
- Sungjae Im +2200
- Jordan Spieth +2800
- Paul Casey +2800
- Francesco Molinari +3300
- Hideki Matsuyama +3300
- Jason Day +3300
- Sam Burns +3300
- Will Zalatoris +3300
- Billy Horschel +4000
- Jason Kokrak +4000
- Louis Oosthuizen +4000
- Tommy Fleetwood +4000
- Harris English +5000
- Marc Leishman +5000
- Kevin Na +5500
- Cameron Davis +6600
- Cameron Tringale +6600
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6600
- Justin Rose +6600
- Max Homa +6600
- Rickie Fowler +6600
- Kevin Kisner +8000
- Talor Gooch +8000
- Alex Noren +10000
- Brendon Todd +10000
- Corey Conners +10000
- Emiliano Grillo +10000
- Lanto Griffin +10000
- Matthew NeSmith +10000
- Si Woo Kim +10000
- Wyndham Clark +10000
When it comes to picking golfers for the Arnold Palmer, history plays a strong role.
Past winners usually show out at the event, with even small names like Matt Every owning back-to-back wins. With that in mind, it makes sense that Rory McIlory sits at the top spot for this weekend at +850 betting odds.
That is still decent value for the Northern Irishmen, who is on a streak of four consecutive T6 or better finishes at the API.
Bettors are also noticing the placement of young Norwegian Viktor Hovland. The former under the radar darling from Oklahoma State has now earned a spot in the top three golfers at +1200.
Hovland has been extraordinary in recent weeks, finishing worse than sixth just once in his last seven starts. Seeing his name with the same pre-tournament odds as Bryson DeChambeau is a testament to his development as a player over the last year.
UNREAL up-and-down from Viktor Hovland. 😳
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2021
Those looking to bet on the PGA Tour this weekend are also watching the lines for someone like Sungjae Im at +2200. Following his runner-up finish at The Masters in 2020, Im has been consistently one of the best players on tour in terms of strokes gained, and is playing well beyond his 22 years of age.
Additionally, the unique field at Bay Hill this weekend leaves some names like Max Homa in valuable territory at +6600.
Homa is fresh off a win at the Genesis Invitational and would love to cement himself at the top of the FedEx Cup rankings with another strong finish this weekend.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.