Mar 15th, 2016
Arnold Palmer Invitational Top Tips
The Spiv's got some great value at Bayhill
Words: Nick Kevern AKA The Spiv Photography: Getty Images
Well, the Spiv’s run came to an end last week at the Valspar as we walked away with nothing. Thankfully it was a rare occasion following two previous successful weeks. Either way, I don’t like losing. So this week I’ll look at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with the hope of getting back on form. I’ve got a couple of crackers for you this time around. McIlroy and Scott are the favourites this week but at low odds. 6/1 for McIlroy and 8/1 for Scott. Going on form, Scott is more than likely to perform well and worth a punt. But his price doesn’t interest me unless you bet big. I’m all about the value though, so here’s some top tips for you to make some extra pocket money this week.
Hideki Matsuyama 28/1 (Boylesports)
Matsuyama has already won the Phoenix Open this year and looking good. His odds have started to slip but there is no denying his talent. Aside from the regular names at the top of the favourites list, he presents the best value. Starts as the sixth favourite. Ahead of him, only Adam Scott has won a title this year. He’s has only played here once before and finished 21st, but the only way is up from there.
Keegan Bradley (90/1) StanJames
His putter switch is why he is at high odds but we did see a good round from him last week, and he seems to be settling in with the shorter putter. He has a strong record around here. Third in 2013 and 2nd in 2014. Let’s hope he finds some magic with the flatstick, and we could all be doing very nicely come next week.
Matt Every 100/1 (Bwin)
When the betting opened he was at 100/1 with all the bookies. Now his price is plummeting across the big bookies. William Hill had him at 100/1, now he’s 80/1. Ladbrokes started at 100/1, down to 66/1. Why? Two-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational that’s why. The winner in 2014 and 2015. His only two wins on the PGA Tour. He clearly likes it here. Get something on him sharpish before the price goes down any further.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat. 175/1 (Coral)
A bit of an unknown quantity on the PGA Tour hence why his odds are so high. A strong young player but depends on his temperament. He finished 6th here last year at the Bay Hill. Here’s hoping he has all whooping with joy come Sunday night.