If you're looking for Arnold Palmer Invitational odds for 2020, you've come to the right place. This prestigious event is a PGA Tour professional golf tournament that takes place annually in March at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. It was founded in 1979 and is held at a private golf resort, owned since 1974 by Arnold Palmer.
The competition adopted its new name in 2007, but has had a number of different monikers over its history. From 2017 onwards, the victor has received a red cardigan in honour of the deceased Arnold Palmer. The event has enjoyed a number of esteemed winners over the years, but none more so than Tiger Woods, who has been crowned champion an astonishing eight times, which remains a tournament record. Read on for the latest Arnold Palmer Invitational odds, betting tips and predictions, popular bets to place and more!
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2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions
|Rory McIlroy||11/2||Paddy Power|
|Adam Scott||22/1||William Hill|
|Tony Finau||33/1||William Hill|
Last week at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, Patrick Reed emerged victorious with a one-stroke win at the expense of Bryson DeChambeau, who at one point looked to have the title in the bag. From here, we are now set to move to Orlando as the momentum builds towards next month's first major championship of the season: the US Masters in Augusta, Georgia. The run in begins this Thursday at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, in what will be the second week of the four tournament Florida Swing.
Five members of the world’s top 10 will be in attendance, and while Tiger Woods will not be there, 2018 champion Rory McIlroy will be. The best player on the planet heads the betting with all the leading online bookmakers, almost half the price of second favourite, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. McIlroy’s last six starts have all produced finishes in the top 5, information that could be put to good use for those of us playing the top 10 markets. He has performed well during this tourney too, regularly coming close to glory and, of course, enjoying a previous win.
Fleetwood, who finished third on Sunday, also came third at Bay Hill 12 months ago, with the general consensus being that his breakout win is overdue – could Sunday finally be the day? Through an impressive weights regime, Bryson DeChambeau has added a bit more fire power off the tee and has started the year in good form. That said, he hasn’t picked up a tournament win in over a year after letting the WGC Mexico slip through is fingers at the weekend. Adam Scott must be in the minds of plenty of punters, given his decent form of late, while world No. 3 Brooks Koepka has looked out of sorts over the same period. Patrick Reed picked up the win south of the border last weekend and will be hard to ignore, while Justin Rose tends to play well here most years and can be looked at for an outside shot.
Popular Golf Bets For the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world for people to bet on. One of the main reasons for this is that each event, of which a new one starts weekly, sees huge fields of players competing against each other, meaning that there is more often than not good value betting available for even the shortest-priced favourite. We've listed the most recent Arnold Palmer Invitational odds above – now let's look at some of the many ways we can bet on golf.
Golf Tournament Winner Betting
Without question the most popular betting market for golf is to wager on the eventual outright winner of the tournament, especially given as golf is prone to longer odds than most other sports. This is a simple, uncomplicated wager in which you are backing a player to win the tournament. So long as your pick emerges victorious, you will see a return of investment on your initial bet.
Golf Each Way Betting
If you are in any way unsure of your pick, then one idea to protect your investment is to go each way. Like this, you split your bet between being an outright winner and backing your player to place among the top end finishers. True, you are putting two stakes down by either splitting your outright bet or by doubling it, but then your pick only needs to place to win some money back. Plus, when you consider that many online bookies pay extra finishing places as a bonus, then you might be talking about your player needing to make the top eight or something similar to save your funds. This is especially welcome given that most fields typically go off with around 140 players. Some bookmakers will offer 1/4 of the odds for a place, while other betting sites may offer 1/5, but for more places.
Top Nationality Betting
If, for whatever reason, you are finding the market lacking the kind of value you were expecting. then there are other options for you to think about. One such betting option is to back on the top nationality market. This bet works well when there are two or three players from a certain country taking part. Not to be confused with the market where you back a winner to come from a particular nation, this bet requires you to nominate the highest placing player from a particular country; for example, top-scoring Englishman, highest finishing Frenchman or top Australian in order to win some money.
Of course, you can always wager on the hole-in-one market if you so choose to. Naturally, this is a hard one to call, and you are placing the bet knowing that is unlikely to pay off – but it can make for a fun side bet, and, in the event that a player – absolutely any player – does manage to land a hole-in-one, it can be highly rewarding. Moreover, it always remains a possibility, especially since players are continually sharpening their precision skills as they acquire more state-of-the-art equipment.
Tournament Structure for the Arnold Palmer Invitational
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is a typical strokes-play tournament in which the player that finishes their 4th round on Sunday with the lowest under par score will win the championship. Prior to the final day, which always falls on a Sunday, there will have been three rounds from Thursday onwards, one per day. At the end of day two, on the Friday, there will be a cut in which half the field will be eliminated from this year’s competition. In the event of a tie, there will be a three-hole playoff will be heard after close of play Sunday.
History of the Arnold Palmer Invitational
By some distance, as one of the most illustrious stops in the PGA Tour, the Arnold Palmer Invitational (formerly the Bay Hill Invitational) has enjoyed 20 years as one of Floridian golf’s premier events. Thanks to having Arnold Palmer’s name attached to it, and the respect it commands, it has allowed the tournament to grow into one of the most highly regarded outside of the majors. It was first staged in 1979 when it was bought in to replace the outgoing Florida Citrus Open. At the time, Bob Byman became the first-ever winner when he won in a shock victory by way of a playoff, before the following few years saw Dave Eichelberger reel off four titles in a row.
As the event grew in stature, the PGA upgraded the tournament to elite invitational status in 1984. Hertz became the title sponsor in 1985 prior to Nestle taking over in 1989, the same year that Palmer himself redesigned all 18 greens of the course. By 2000, the event has crowned Tiger Woods for the first time as he claimed the first of his eight career wins here. Four years later, Mastercard became the presenting sponsor, and by 2011 we had our first European winner of the tournament when Scotland's Martin Laird took home the title. To this day, he has been joined by only one other player from Europe after Italy’s Francesco Molinari took the win in 2019.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Past Winners (The Nestle Invitational since 1996)
|2018||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland|
|2015||Matt Every||United States|
|2014||Matt Every||United States|
|2013||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2012||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2010||Ernie Els||South Africa|
|2009||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2008||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2005||Kenny Perry||United States|
|2004||Chad Campbell||United States|
|2003||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2002||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2001||Tiger Woods||United States|
|2000||Tiger Woods||United States|
|1999||Tim Herron||United States|
|1998||Ernie Els||South Africa|
|1997||Phil Mickelson||United States|
|1996||Paul Goydos||United States|
Arnold Palmer Invitational Key Stats
- Payne Stewart shares the lowest aggregate score over 72 holes tournament record of 264 in the event.
- Tiger Woods has won this event more than anyone else, with 8 titles to his name.
- Woods also holds the biggest ever margin win when he won by 11 strokes in 2003.
That was also the year that Woods became the first golfer since Gene Sarazen at the 1930 Miami Open to win the same tournament in 4 consecutive years.
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Golf Arnold Palmer Invitational FAQs
🔐 Is the Arnold Palmer a golfing classic?
A classic, certainly, a major, no.
✋Have many non-Americans won this event?
Some have, sure. But, generally speaking, the American players have tended to dominate over the years.
💡What is the weather typically like for the Arnold Palmer?
Although Orlando has consistently warm and sunny weather, March is as close as it comes to having a rainy season - so the best advice is to hope for sunshine but plan for rain during this month.
📈 Has there ever been a hole-in-one?
Yes, of course - most recently in 2019, when Francesco Molinari aced the 7th in the first round.
🔵 Can I bet on there being another one?
Yes, you can always bet on there being a hole-in-one.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
One of, if not, the biggest golfing occasions on the PGA Tour outside of the four majors, the Arnold Palmer Invitational is a must for golf fans and bettors alike. Taking place in Orlando, Florida each March, all of the biggest names in the game flock to the sunshine state to pay homage to the legend of Arnold while aiming to win this magnificent tournament, its juicy prize pool and, of course, the esteemed red cardigan that honours the man himself. But who stands to win this latest edition? Make sure to remain up-to-date with the latest news and bookmark this page to get the most recent Arnold Palmer Invitational odds and predictions. And, if you're still uncertain about who to bet with, check out our list of the 10 best golf betting sites out there.