Arnold Palmer Invitational Tips: Five to back from the first day's three-balls at Bay Hill

Can Rickie come out on top of a competitive three-ball on day one?
Can Rickie come out on top of a competitive three-ball on day one?

It's all eyes on Arnie's place this week and Dan Geraghty will be keeping a close watch on five  home favourites he's backing from the first day three-balls...

"Fowler was third here last year after leading during the final round and prior to that he won at Bay Hill as a junior."

Back Rickie Fowler @ 3.185/40 


The 2013 Web.com player of the year Michael Putnam looks a big price in a three-ball with two players who (also) have no Bay Hill form to their names - Jamie Donaldson and Jason Kokrak. Putnam, who won twice last year on the secondary tour, has yet to set the PGA Tour alight but has only missed three cuts from the 12 events he's started this season. He's a very capable golfer with some good rounds under his belt this year.

Rickie Fowler has had a stop-start season, but comes into this week with both recent and course form to his name; flat-billed Fowler was third here last year after leading during the final round and prior to that he won at Bay Hill as a junior. The American youngster looks a good shout to outscore Brandt Snedeker and his good friend and three-ball favourite Bubba Watson on day one.

Orlando resident Gary Woodland has played some excellent golf this year and has added consistency to his game, he's yet to miss a 2014 cut, largely thanks to his exquisite driving. I think Woodland has an excellent chance of taking home the trophy this week and he can start by outscoring fellow Americans Hunter Mahan and Chris Kirk on day one.

Chesson Hadley looks a big price to continue his excellent recent form. He made the cut on the number last week thanks to a long putt that dripped over the edge of the cup. He made the most of that fortune with a fine weekend that yielded a 14th place finish and the dedicated Christian has an excellent attitude that seems to be benefiting his golf game. Zach Johnson and George McNeill are Hadley's playing partners and although both are to be feared, they are beatable.

I'm sweet on the chances of Matt Every this week, the American looks to have a favourite's chance in his three-ball with Tim Herron and Fredrik Jacobson, although the latter has a smattering of recent and course form and looks a big danger.


Recommended Bets

Back Michael Putnam @ 3.9
Back Rickie Fowler @ 3.185/40
Back Gary Woodland @ 2.915/8
Back Chesson Hadley @ 3.613/5
Back Matt Every @ 2.68/5

Season P&L: -11.03pts (based on 1pt per selection)


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