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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Each way tips for the battle at Bay Hill

Will 'Duffman' be celebrating at Bay Hill this week?

"The 'waggling' American was 15th here in 2012 after a disappointing weekend but his form has been nothing short of breathtaking since then."

If you believe that Tiger Woods is home and hosed at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational then it's a good job you can back each way on Betfair's Fixed Odds market. Betting.betfair's golf contributors give their picks...

Dan Geraghty: Back Jason Dufner @ 41.0n/a

Like most of the field, last week at the Tampa Bay Championship Jason Dufner struggled on the greens. However, 'Duffman' looks to be swinging well and we are approaching the time of year that he caught fire last season. The 'waggling' American was 15th here in 2012 after a disappointing weekend but his form has been nothing short of breathtaking since then. The presence of a reinvigorated Eldrick Woods means we are getting a nice each way price.

Joe Dyer: Back Jim Furyk @ 36.035/1

You can set your watch by Jim Furyk. The super reliable veteran of the PGA Tour has for the last few years played a light early-season schedule that really gets going in March with the Transitions Championship followed by the Arnold Palmer and he usually performs very well in both. Since missing the cut at Bay Hill in 2009 Jim has finished 11th, ninth and 11th so we only need to see marginal improvement to land an each-way winner. Last week's tied-seventh shows the 42-year-old is in good nick.

Paul Krishnamurty: Back Lee Westwood @ 34.033/1

Lee Westwood has yet to demonstrate his major-challenger credentials this year but the demands of Bay Hill could help build momentum ahead of the Masters. This tough track is principally about long-game excellence, rather than the putting contest of his last effort at Doral, therefore playing to Lee's strengths rather than weaknesses. His course record is fair, with five top-20s including fifth in 2006, but may be better than those bare numbers as early in his career, Westwood repeatedly ruined his card by making a mess of the tough finish here.

Steve Rawlings: Back Bubba Watson @ 29.028/1

At first glance, Bubba Watson's form figures at Bay Hill, reading 34-MC-8-MC-MC-24-4, don't look fantastic but if you look a little deeper, there is definitely room for optimism about his chances this week. With a round to go in the 2008 renewal, he was tied for the lead before plummeting down the leaderboard on day four to finish eighth. He was badly out of form when he missed the cut the following year and his weekend off in 2010 came one week after the disappointment of not converting a great chance to win his maiden title at Copperhead. He was in third with a round to go in 2011, but again fell like a stone on day four, this time with a final round 78! And then last year, despite competing soundly all week, he was always chasing Tiger's tail and eventually finished fourth. This course clearly plays to Bubba's strengths and he looks a fair each way bet.

Mike Norman: Back Ernie Els @ 71.0n/a

The Big Easy won't be swinging it easy this week if rumours of a sore hip are to be believed. Sure, he might be in some discomfort along the way but this is probably the challenge that Ernie needs these days - a big tournament, a course that he loves, and playing with a resurgent Tiger Woods for the first two days. Els didn't perform too badly at Doral recently, and the fact that he won here in 2010 (as well as way back in 1998), and finished in a tie for fourth last year is extremely encouraging.

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20 March 2013

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