Big hitters will be looking to dominate standings at this weeks Arnold Palmer Invitational Open. The notorious Bay Hill Golf Course reaches a total length of 7,400 yards with help from four par 5s. Precision is key with tight fairways and some less the forgiving hazards standing in the way.
Tiger Woods will go for a record ninth win at this prestigious event at Bay Hill. Woods has a record like no other when it comes to playing at Bay Hill but currently shares the PGA tour record of eight wins in a single tournament with Sam Snead who recorded eight wins at the Greater Greensboro Open. Woods currently sits on 79 PGA tour wins just three behind Sam Snead’s record, meaning one record could be beaten this week and another could be beaten later this year.
A back injury has caused Woods to have a slow start to the year with only one top 25 finish this at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the start of the month. A week before that he had to pull out on the final day of the Honda Classic because of this injury. With the Arnold Palmer Invitational Open being one of Woods’ favorite tournaments and with the Masters just around the corner he is hoping his back holds up and he hits some form in the next few weeks. Woods is of course the bookies favorite at 13/2.
Woods narrowly beat Englishman Justin Rose at last years Invitational Open with a final round of 2 under-par on the Monday afternoon after Sunday’s round was postponed due to severe weather. That win lifted him past Rory Mcilroy in the official World Rankings and has remained in the number 1 spot ever since.
With five of the top six players in the world participating in the event, it is setting up to be one hell of a tournament.
Adam Scott took a lengthy break at the start of the year after an incredible 2013 season. Scott played two tournaments at the start of January and finishing inside the top ten on both occasions. A month break occurred and he came straight back into action with a top 12 finish at the Honda Classic and followed this with a top 25 finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. There is no doubt that Scott is one of the favorites for not only this tournament but every tournament he plays in. His iron play is arguably the best on tour and he is looking to continue this impeccable form throughout the year. Scott is the player I am backing to do well this week and with a more than respectable 14/1 odds of winning outright, he is definitely worth putting a couple of quid on.
The super Swede Henrik Stenson has started the 2014 season poor in comparison to last year. However, this was always going to be the case for Stenson after completely dominating last year on both the PGA tour and European tour after he won the FedEx cup and the Race to Dubai. Stenson set the bar high for himself and has failed to reached the same standard this year. He has fallen short a couple of times this season and has been unsuccessful in coming inside the top 15 in his last seven starts this includes missed cuts at the Honda Classic and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Even with a poor start to the year the Swede is at an extremely appetizing 28/1 to win outright.