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PGA Tour best bets: Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 1, 2022 10:05 PM

The Florida Swing got underway last weekend at the Honda Classic, where Sepp Straka (at a price of 125-1) became a first-time winner, the fourth in five weeks on the PGA Tour. Daniel Berger had a six-shot lead at one point Saturday and began Sunday ahead by five but shot a final-round 74, ranking dead last in the field for Strokes Gained: Putting over the final 18 holes. Meanwhile, Straka (100-1 this week) led the Honda field for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee and Driving Accuracy (83.93% tied a career-best mark) and ranked fourth for Strokes Gained: Putting to become the first Austrian in history to win on the PGA Tour. Straka, who moves from No. 176 to No. 83 in the OWGR, now earns invitations to the Masters and the PGA Championship and locks up a two-year PGA Tour exemption.

This week, the PGA Tour moves to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Despite the withdrawal of defending champion Bryson DeChambeau due to a wrist injury, this year's field is an improvement over last year and has higher quality at the top than last week. World No. 1 Jon Rahm (17-2) makes his first appearance in this event. 2018 API champion Rory McIlroy (12-1) has finished no worse than 10th (2021) in his last five years here. Scottie Scheffler (16-1) is just three weeks removed from his first PGA Tour win. Viktor Hovland (18-1) has the game to contend here but has never finished better than 40th. Hideki Matsuyama (25-1) has two wins this season, the only multiple winner so far.

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