PGA Tee To Green
Arnold Palmer Invitational
By DfsDudes – @dfscheatsheet1

The Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 5 – 8



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This week the PGA Tour stops in Orlando at the Bay Hill Golf Course for the 42nd edition of The Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bay Hill lays out as four Par 3’s, ten Par 4’s and 4 Par 5’s. 16, 17, 18 is one of the best finishing stretches in golf. The 16th is a reachable Par 5 a solid drive sets up a shot over water to get home in two. The 16th green is blanketed by a beach of bunkers that belly up to water short right. Finally, the 18th is one of the most iconic holes in all of golf. Getting it in the fairway isn’t enough, you’ve got to set up your approach shot off the tee. This is one of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour and I’ll look forward to someone stepping to the 18th tee on Sunday with the tournament on the line.


This week It looks as if the course will dodge any rain prior to the opening round. Look for tempters to hover in the mid 60’s to low 70’s over the weekend, but Thursday’s opening round forecasts call for 90 degree partly cloudy weather before diving back into the low 70’s on Friday. Wednesday the forecast calls for a high of 89 degrees, as mentioned before, 90 degrees on Thursday, the course could get very fast with high heat and wind in play.

Field and Cut

The cut this week is the Top 65 and ties after the completion of the second round. There are some stars in this field, however Tiger Woods did WD with lower back stiffness last week.

Top 10 in the Field

1. Rory Mcllroy
3. Brooks Koepka
6. Adam Scott
8. Patrick Reed

There are 13 players in the World Golf Rankings Top 25 in the field this week.

Recent Winners

2019 Francesco Molinari
2018 Rory MCllroy
2017 Marc Leishman
2016 Jason Day

What Oddsmakers Say

Rory Mcllroy +500
Tommy Fleetwood +1400
Hideki Matsuyama +1600
Bryson DeChambeau +1800
Xander Schauffele +2000
Adam Scott +2200
Patrick Reed +2500
Sungjae Im +2500
Brooks Koepka +2800

Key Stats To Consider

Strokes Gained Off The Tee
Strokes Gained On Approach
Greens In Regulation
Par 5 Scoring Average
Par 3 Performance
Strokes Gained (Scrambling)

The Bottom Line

This is not an easy golf course. Yes, they’ve widened some fairways over the last couple of years and the course is minus some trees. However, with the heat prior to the tournament and in the opening round, don’t discount that water comes into play on 8 holes. On those 8 holes, the rough bordering the water is gone, balls close to water will not stop they’ll roll on in the drink. I personally don’t think you have to be a guy who bombs it to win. I do think that Rory is the best player in the field with a game fit specially for a golf course like Bay Hill. Rory is T8 in Par 3 Performance, 1st in Par 5 Scoring Average, T13th in Greens In Regulation, 1st in strokes gained scrambling, 3rd in strokes gained on approach and 7th in Strokes gained off the tee.

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