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The 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational tees off tomorrow from Bay Hill Golf Course in Florida, and the past five winners of the event headline the 123-player field.
Rory McIlroy is the 10/1 favorite at William Hill Nevada, followed by Viktor Hovland and Bryson DeChambeau at 12/1 each. McIlroy won this tournament back in 2018 thanks to a sensational 18-under par effort.
“Rory has decent form, but he’s had trouble finishing these days,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “If you factor in though that the field isn’t the strongest and that he plays well there, it makes sense that he’s the lowest-priced guy in the field.”
Defending Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Tyrrell Hatton has the fourth-lowest odds at 16/1. Patrick Reed (17/1) and Sungjae Im (20/1) are next, with Matthew Fitzpatrick close behind at 22/1. Two other golfers a little further down, though, have caught the attention of William Hill bettors thus far: Francesco Molinari (25/1) and Jordan Spieth (28/1). In fact, Molinari opened at 40/1 before the 2019 event winner dropped to his current number.
“Spieth’s on a roll and everyone thinks he’s going to break that door down,” Bogdanovich said. “We lose pretty good with him, I guess Molinari’s a little worse for us. They’re similar guys, both have had recent struggles but all of a sudden have turned it around. Now people expect them to play like the old Molinari and the old Spieth.”
Spieth leads the way with 6% of the total number of tickets to win the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational, with Hovland and Reed nearby at 5% apiece. McIlroy, Fitzpatrick, Molinari and Sam Burns (40/1) have each attracted 4% in that category.
For total dollars wagered, McIlroy (13%) and Molinari (12%) are significantly ahead of the rest of the field. Hatton, Reed and Im have all brought in 6%, while Spieth is at 5%.
William Hill also has several prop offerings up for the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational, including head-to-head tournament matchups and make/miss cut odds. McIlroy is currently -160 to post a better tournament score than Hatton (+140), while Spieth is a +160 underdog against Reed (-180).
Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational below.