2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Odds

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The Bay Hill Club and Lodge course is now synonymous with two of the world’s all time greatest golfers: Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Woods has won here six times, including back to back in 2008-09. Palmer loved the course so much he bought the club in the 1970’s. Now the Bay Hill Classic has grown to become the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational PGA Tournament Preview

Tiger Woods and his flair for the dramatic are never more evident than here at Bay Hill. His come from behind 25 foot birdie putt on the final hole is one of his career highlights. Palmer, who had his own flair for drama in his career, has been there to marvel at Tiger in recent years. This year however, Tiger is just another player in the field which also includes Phil Mickelson competing for a share of the $6 million purse. The 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational tees off Thursday, March 24th and ends on Sunday, March 28th. It will be televised by The Golf Channel on Thursday & Friday, and NBC on Saturday & Sunday.

Bay Hill is one of the world’s most picturesque courses. Located in Orlando FL, the Bay Hill course is a par 72, 7353 yard layout designed to entice and challenge for the world’s best golfers. The weather is expected to be cooperative but the key stat may be wind velocity this weekend. The course’s signature is the famous 18th hole. A classic par-4 finishing hole, 18 requires a tee shot in the fairway if you have any hopes of reaching the slightly elevated undulating green in two. A long and left approach, often a bail out for those looking to avoid water in the right can be just as costly due to the long rough and a treacherous bunker.

The list of players is impressive with not only Woods and Mickelson, but defending champion Ernie Els, Fed Ex winner from 2010 Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Justin Leonard, Rocco Mediate, Vijay Singh, Chris DeMarco, Sergio Garcia, Mike Weir and others. Will the trend of first time winners continue? Hard to believe it will despite Gary Woodland’s one stroke win over Webb Simpson last week at the Transitions Championship. Both will be teeing it up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, as will other 2011 winners Aaron Baddeley, Bubba Watson and two-time winner Mark Wilson.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Free Prediction

The odds are long on anyone besides Woods contending, as he loves this course and has an impressive history here. Mickelson has never done well here and look for him to fade before Sunday. Furyk is the fancy pick by many, but he is not totally on his game. He has been erratic on the greens and that tendency will kill title hopes at Bay Hill. A name to watch is Garcia. He played well the first two days in the 2011 Transitions Championship, but later faded in his first US tournament of the year. He will be in the hunt and may surprise Woods on Sunday.

We’re still taking Woods though, and like him at 8/1 at the Bodog Sportsbook. For more info about Bodog, visit our Bodog.com Sportsbook review.

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