Expert Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Arnold Palmer plays host to the PGA TOUR this week, for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando. Last year saw Matt Every score his first PGA TOUR title, surviving a late Sunday charge from Keegan Bradley.
Of the 120 players total, 70 have won a PGA TOUR event, 18 have won a Major, and combined they have 278 Tour wins.
World No.1 Rory Mcilroy enters the week a clear favorite, despite a poor start by his standards on the PGA TOUR in 2015. Having missed the cut back at the Honda classic, Mcilroy did bounce back with a T-9th finish at Doral for the WGC. A week off playing with Super bowl MVP Tom Brady at Augusta National might be exactly what Mcilroy needs to come out firing this week. Mcilroy is currently at 11/2 for victory this week.
Kevin Na had a relatively slow start to 2015, but in recent weeks has shown form closer to that of last year. He has top-10 finishes in each of his last 2 starts, including a T-9th finish at the WGC Cadillac. At last year’s event, Na finished a very respectable T-14th. Currently ranked No.25 in the world, Na is great value at 40/1.
Daniel Berger, one of last years Web.com Tour graduates is making quite a splash on the PGA TOUR this year. In 12 starts he has been inside the top-25 50% of the time. Berger has also recorded 3 top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss at Honda Classic. Berger certainly goes for the pins, leading the tour birdies this year. Currently ranked No.72 in the world, Berger is 70/1 to capture his first PGA TOUR title.
Henrik Stenson has done everything but win in his first couple of events on tour. Having been playing on the European Tour for the early part of 2015, Stenson has recorded a pair of 4th place finishes in his last 2 starts. Stenson finished in a tie for 5th last year, and will be looking for his first PGA TOUR title since the 2013 Tour Championship.