Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview + Tips

The Arnold Palmer Invitational starts on Thursday, with the big name champion missing the event through injury.

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods has had trouble with his back for the majority of 2014 and was evidently in pain during the recent WGC-Cadillac Championships.

There are even reports suggesting that Woods will miss the up coming Masters with the spasms effecting his game.

Speaking about his withdrawal, Woods claimed: “I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods wrote on his website. “I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.

The bookies have three golfers at 12/1 to win the Arnold Palmer, with them unable to call a favourite between Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

Bubba Watson 12/1 with Bet 365

Bubba Watson has re-discovered his best form this year, winning the Northern Trust Open in February.

The success ended a two and a half year drought for Watson, after a superb end to the competition saw him rise from 4oth at one stage to lift the trophy.

-7 rounds in both of the third and fourth round saw Watson come from nowhere to win the Northern Trust, however you feel he will need to be in better shape going into the final two days at the Arnold Palmer.

Justin Rose 12/1 with Bet 365

Since winning the US Open last season, Rose is yet to really build on that, however is one of the favourites for this weeks event.

The US Open was in fact Rose’s last success and for that reason I suggest looking elsewhere at the Arnold Palmer.

Rose has risen to sixth in the world in recent weeks, although I feel others are in better form to challenge.

Adam Scott 14/1 with numerous bookies

Like Rose, Adam Scott has struggled since his breakthrough Major Championship success.

Scott won the 2013 Masters and Scott will have more than one eye on his defence of the tournament that starts shortly.

The Australian has only just come back from a six-week break from golf, so he should be fresh, however his match practice has been limited and I wouldn’t back the Aussie.

Other selected golfers:

Harris English 30/1

Rickie Fowler 40/1

Lee Westwood 66/1

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