2021 US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational: Golf Preview, Analysis and Betting Tips
2021 US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational – Professional golf action takes center stage in Orlando, Florida, with the 2021 edition of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A star-studded group is led by former world number one and four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy. Adding to the group is defending champion Tyler Hatton. They will tee-off in the four-round tournament on Thursday, March 4, with eyes on winning the title. Also taking part in the event is in-form Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, and hard-hitting Bryson DeChambeau. The winner will receive 550 FedExCup points. It determines the US PGA’s top-performing golfer by the end of the year. This early, golf oddsmakers favor McIlroy to take home the title but he will be challenged by defending champions Hatton, Spieth, and DeChambeau.
Betting on 2021 US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational Viewing Information
When: March 4-7, 2021
Where: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Bay Hill, Florida
TV: Golf TV
Founded in 1979, the tournament succeeded the Florida Citrus Open Invitational. It had a variety of names including the Bay Hill Invitational. The event was renamed in honor of the seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer in 2007. The tournament is one of the five events that was given an “invitational” status by the PGA Tour. Only 120 players will be allowed to take part in the event. It is as opposed to the 156-man field in every US PGA-organized sports showcase.
The first winner of the US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational was American Lionel Hebert, who won by two strokes over Charles Cody, Dick Lytle, and Jack Nicklaus. Seven golfers have won the tournament more than once. This includes 15-time major winner Tiger Woods, who emerged victorious in the event for a record eight times. Others include Jerry Heard, Gary Koch, Tom Kite, Loren Roberts, Ernie Els, and Matt Every. Three-time major champion Payne Stewart holds the 72-hole record after shooting a 264 in the 1987 edition of the tournament. In last year’s event, Hatton edged Marc Leishman by one stroke. He took home the USD1.674-million paycheck and a red cardigan sweater in memory of Palmer.
Betting on Golf at the 2021 US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational
World number five and defending champion Hatton will lead the star-studded field composed of 24 of the top 50 players in the world. Hatton will face opposition from world number eight McIlroy, 10th-ranked DeChambeau, number 11 Reed, world number 14 Viktor Hovland, and 16th-ranked Matthew Fitzpatrick. Other ranked players competing in the event are Sungjae Im, Paul Casey, Harris English, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, and Kevin Na. Also in the mix are three-time major winner Spieth, who has two top-five finishes in the past few weeks. Former winners will take part in the event. They are Mark Leishman (2017), Jason Day (2016), Every (2014, 2015), Martin Laird (2011), Tim Herron (1999), Paul Goydos (1996), and Robert Gamez (1990).
Meanwhile, US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, US Vice-Captain and two-time major champion Zach Johnson, and European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington are among the notable entries that secured sponsor exemptions. Other parbusters who are taking part in the event are 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett, 2014 PGA TOUR FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and World Golf Hall of Famer, and 21-time PGA TOUR winner Davis Love III.
US PGA betting sites favor Hatton to secure a back-to-back in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. However, he will meet tough challenges from McIlroy, DeChambeau, Reed, Hovland, Fitzpatrick, and Spieth. Other golfers who might pull off a surprise are US PGA Tour mainstays English, Na, Im, Day, and Leishman. In a balanced field where a lucky bounce or shot could be the big difference of the tournament, Hatton will bring his A-game and take home his second-consecutive Arnold Palmer Invitational by two shots.