2012 PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds To Win: Tiger Woods Favored

2012 PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds To Win: Tiger Woods Favored

2012 PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds To Win: Tiger Woods Favored    
By Drew Sharper   

ORLANDO, FL (TheSpread) – After suffering an injury scare a few weeks back, Tiger Woods returns to action this week as he plays in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

According to oddsmakers, Woods is the favorite to win this week, with 8/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Phil Mickelson (14/1), Justin Rose (16/1), and Webb Simpson (18/1).

Woods is a six-time winner of this event, lasing winning in 2009. Woods had placed in the top 17 of his last six events before withdrawing in the Cadillac Championship due to soreness in his Achilles. That was just two weeks ago.

Mickelson won this tournament back in 1997. He is currently 13th in the world rankings. Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am just a month ago and finished second the following week but is coming off a 43rd-place finish in his last outing.

Rose is eighth in the world rankings. He won the Cadillac Championship two weeks ago and placed 29th in the Transitions Championship. Rose finished third in this event last year.

Simpson is seventh in the world rankings. He has made his last 14 cuts and placed in the top 10 in eight of those events. Simpson did miss the cut in this event last year.

The PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational takes place from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25 from Bay Hill Course in Orlando, Florida. For complete odds for each golfer to win the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational, see below.

2012 PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds to Win

Tiger Woods 8/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Webb Simpson 18/1
Hunter Mahan 22/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Bo VanPelt 28/1
Jim Furyk 28/1
Bubba Watson 33/1
Nick Watney 33/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Spencer Levin 45/1
Martin Laird 45/1
Bill Haas 45/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Kevin Na 50/1
Jeff Overton 50/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Sean OHair 55/1
Jason Dufner 60/1
KJ Choi 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Henrik Stenson 60/1
Charles Howell III 66/1
David Toms 66/1
Fredrik Jacobson 66/1
Zach Johnson 66/1
Mark Wilson 70/1
Sang-Moon Bae 70/1
Robert Allenby 75/1
Chris Stroud 75/1
Jonathan Byrd 80/1
Harris English 80/1
Steve Marino 80/1
Jimmy Walker 80/1
Robert Garrigus 80/1
Ben Crane 80/1
George Mcneill 90/1
Carl Pettersson 90/1
Thomas Bjorn 90/1
Brandt Jobe 90/1
Johnson Wagner 90/1
Ryo Ishikawa 100/1
Ryan Palmer 100/1
John Huh 100/1
Ryan Moore 100/1
Stewart Cink 100/1
Vijay Singh 110/1
DA Points 110/1
Jerry Kelly 110/1
Scott Piercy 110/1
Greg Chalmers 110/1
Bud Cauley 110/1
Ian Poulter 110/1
Pat Perez 125/1
Michael Thompson 125/1
John Rollins 125/1
John Mallinger 125/1
DJ Trahan 125/1
Charlie Wi 125/1
JB Holmes 140/1
Dicky Pride 140/1
Brian Gay 140/1
Davis Love III 140/1
Ken Duke 140/1
Rory Sabbatini 140/1
William Mcgirt 150/1
Daniel Summerhays 150/1
Justin Leonard 150/1
Ricky Barnes 150/1
Andres Romero 150/1
Anthony Kim 150/1
Rod Pampling 150/1
Brendon De Jonge 150/1
Camilo Villegas 150/1
Tom Gillis 150/1
Chad Campbell 150/1
Charley Hoffman 150/1
Chez Reavie 150/1
Trevor Immelman 150/1
Brian Davis 175/1
Seung-Yul Noh 175/1
Boo Weekley 175/1
Greg Owen 200/1
JJ Killeen 200/1
Harrison Frazar 200/1
Cameron Tringale 200/1
Brian Harman 225/1
Matt Every 225/1
Brendan Steele 225/1
Jason Kokrak 250/1
Kevin Chappell 250/1
Chris Kirk 250/1
Erik Compton 250/1
Brendon Todd 275/1
Kyle Reifers 275/1
Tim Clark 300/1
Kris Blanks 300/1
Josh Teater 300/1
Jhonattan Vegas 300/1
Jeff Maggert 300/1
Skip Kendall 300/1
Scott Stallings 300/1
Mike Weir 350/1
Lee Janzen 350/1
Kelly Kraft 350/1
Tommy Gainey 350/1
Colt Knost 350/1
Tim Herron 400/1
Sam Saunders 400/1
Scott Mccarron 400/1
Rocco Mediate 400/1
Daniel Chopra 400/1
Gary Christian 400/1
Martin Flores 400/1
Bobby Gates 500/1
Robert Damron 600/1
David Duval 600/1
Andrew Magee 750/1
Billy Hurley III 750/1
Robert Gamez 750/1
David Damesworth 800/1

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Re: 2012 PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds To Win: Tiger Woods Favored

Arnold Palmer Invitational Predictions
By Steve Janus

Rory McIlroy’s reign as the No. 1 golfer in the world didn’t last long. Luke Donald regained the top spot with a win at the Transitions Championship last week. The win didn’t come easy, as Donald had to hold off Jim Furyk in a sudden-death playoff.  Neither Donald or McIlroy will be in action this week, as the PGA Tour heads to Bay Hill, Florida for the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational held at Bay Hill Club & Lounge.

Bay Hill is one of the more challenging non-majors on the schedule. Winds really made the course tough in 2011, as Martin Laird won by posting an 8-under 280. It was the second-highest winning score in the 46-year history of this event. Conditions figure to be less threatening this year, which should lead to some better scores.

Distance and accuracy off the tee aren’t a huge priority at this event. The key to scoring low at Bay Hill is being able to find the greens in regulation and taking advantage of any easy birdie opportunities when they present themselves. Putting well seems to be the biggest key in tackling this course. Last year’s putting average was 1.841, which tied for the four-highest average of the entire season.

While Laird sets out to defend his title, most of the attention this week will be on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods is a six-time winner at Bay Hill, while Mickelson won this event back in 1997. Veterans like Woods and Mickelson are the ones who you want to keep an eye on this week. Over the last three stops at this event, no rookie has finished inside the top 10.

For those of you looking to place a wager on the event this week, here is a look at the three golfers who I feel have the best shot at bringing home the trophy and really building some momentum heading into the Masters.

Justin Rose – Despite a 29th place finish at last week’s Transitions Championship, Rose has really played well early in the 2012 season. He opened up the year with a 13th place finish at the Northern Trust Open and has since finished 5th at the Honda Classic and won the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Rose had his best finish at Bay Hill a season ago, finishing just two shots behind Laird in a three-way tie for third. Rose is currently 19th in greens in regulation and 14th in bogey avoidance, two key stats to putting up a good score this weekend.

Hunter Mahan – The 2012 Accenture Match Play Champion is one of my favorites to win this week. Mahan has opened up the 2012 season with four straight top 25 finishes and has finished inside the top 10 in six of his last 12 starts dating back to last season. In his last four starts at Bay Hill he has three top 25 finishes. When you factor in how well he has been playing of late, I believe 2012 will be the year that Mahan makes a serious run at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Bubba Watson – Here is another player that has been in the zone for some time now. Watson’s 2nd place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship was his ninth straight finish inside the top 20. It’s no secret that Watson is one of the best drivers on tour. Watson comes in ranked No. 1 in total driving in 2012. What a lot of people don’t realize is how well Watson is striking the ball once he gets off the tee. He enters this week No. 1 in greens in regulation. He was right in the thick of things at this event in 2011 before posting a final round 78 to push into a tie for 24th.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo
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The PGA Tour continues the Florida swing with a trip to Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This is a big event with a lot of big names and this will be the final stocked field until the Masters in two weeks. The headliner is of course Tiger Woods who is making his second straight appearance at Bay Hill. The field will consist of two of the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings, eight of the top ten on the PGA money list and 15 past Major winners.

The players had to contend with a revamped layout two years while windy conditions was the story last year. Bay Hill's last significant upgrade came 20 years ago, when four holes were changed but three years ago, it was another full overhaul. Despite being raised from a par 70 to a par 72, the added yardage increased the cumulative scoring average as Bay Hill was third highest in difficulty of all par 72 non-majors two years ago and second highest in difficulty in 2011.

Bay Hill played as a par 70 of over 7,100 yards for three straight years from 2007-2009. It was the most difficult track of any non-major course in 2009, playing at +2.19 strokes to par. Two years ago, it played at +0.89 strokes over par and last year it played +1.20 strokes over par. In four of the last seven years, Bay Hill has played to at least one shot over par and it has been ranked 11th or higher in difficulty eight times since 2000. In 2011, only 29 of the 75 players finished below par.

Tiger Woods (+800) comes in as the favorite and for good reason. He has won this event six times and is the all-time money leader and he looks to be regaining the form when he was dominating the tour. The problem here has been that if he isn't in contention for the win, he has rarely made noise as he has just one top ten outside those victories. In three finishes this year, he has been in the top 20 every time.

Webb Simpson (+1,500) is coming off his third top ten on the season after his T10 finish at the Transitions. Although he did not win, it was a positive move forward which is exactly what happened last year. He got off to a slow start in 2011 as well but a solo second at the Transitions jumpstarted a very strong year that included two wins and two other runner-ups.

We used Bo Van Pelt (+2,500) last week and he had a successful run at the Transitions as he finished solo ninth. He was coming off a T8 at Doral and the top nine at Copperhead made it four straight top nines in medal play events. His best finish at Bay Hill was a T13 way back in 2004 and his best most recent finish was a T14 in 2010 but he has never missed the cut here so he will be around once again.

Sergio Garcia (+2,500) is coming off a consistent week at Copperhead where he finished T16 following two 68's and two 70's. He has cracked the top ten only once in three stroke play events but coming to Bay Hill could mean his first PGA Tour win since the Players Championship in 2008. He finished solo eighth here in 2011 which was his sixth top ten in 10 career starts.

It has been a quiet year for Nick Watney (+3,000) as he has just one top ten in seven starts and that was at the Accenture Match Play. After playing well at the Cadillac Championship two weeks ago, he did not play great at the Transitions last week but he has had success at Bay Hill. His last start was in 2010 and a Sunday 78 knocked him to T64 but he finished T4 in 2009.

We are getting great value with Ben Crane (+6,000) who took the week off following a T51 at the Cadillac Championship. He already has three top tens this year including a solo second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His last regular season win came at the Farmers in 2010 but he could get back into the winner circle as he has not missed the cut in five starts at Bay Hill including three top 25's.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (all for One Unit)

Webb Simpson (+1,500)

Bo Van Pelt (+2,500)

Sergio Garcia (+2,500)

Nick Watney (+3,000)

Ben Crane (+6,000)

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