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STAR GOLF PREVIEW Thurs: Arnold Palmer Invitational

A great result for Chris Kirk last week and fully deserved after his years of struggles off the course. 

This week we’re at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Like PGA National last week, this is a bully boy of a golf course with narrow fairways, small greens and water hazards on nine of the 18 holes. It’s a par 72 measuring around 7,400 yards, which is fairly standard length wise, but there are strong winds forecast for this week, which will certainly make life difficult for the field. There doesn’t seem to be much drop off in wind speed from the morning to afternoon either.

Last year’s winner, Scottie Scheffler, got around in a miserly 5 under par for the four rounds. I expect that to be a very good score this week. The winner might even be a little closer to par, although it is an appreciably stronger field this year.

Blue Horseshoe Loves:   

Keith Mitchell – Currently ? with starsports.bet 

Mitchell was locked in at the Genesis a couple of weeks ago, leading the field in fairways and greens hit as well as strokes gained averages. He just couldn’t get the putter to fire on Sunday, otherwise he would have probably won. I’m going with Keith again at this price because he does look so locked in with his swing. He also doesn’t mind a tough track. The winds will also hold no real fear for him as he possesses plenty of distance and power.

Shane Lowry – Currently ? with starsports.bet

Lowry commented last week during his excellent tied fifth at PGA National, that he was really getting to grips with the Bermuda grass greens of the east coast courses, and it showed as he was rolling them in from everywhere. Being a good Irish man, windy conditions will not make him lose any sleep. Lowry won an Open Championship in what was basically a gale. He looks on a definite upward trend in his game and reads as good each way value here.

Chris Kirk – Currently ? with starsports.bet

Kirk finished tied fifth in this event last year, just two strokes off the leading score. If you’re looking for a guy who can work the ball around an already tough course in windy conditions, Kirk could be just your man. He comes fresh off a win last week in which, for the most part, he looked in total control of his game. Bear in mind, that was no fluke last week, Kirk is now a five time PGA tour winner. He knows how to kick on and win big golf tournaments and his game is clearly in fine fettle.

Sepp Straka – Currently ? with starsports.bet

Sepp Straka, the defending champion of the Honda Classic, finished tied fifth for this year’s tournament. He was right in contention to defend his title after a superb Saturday round. He is in very similar east coast conditions here and his game is clearly shaping well. I can’t for the life of me see why he is this price. Yes, it’s a very strong field, but the wind will be a great leveller and his power of the tees will present opportunities for birdies or better around the par 5’s.


RECOMMENDED BETS
BACK Keith Mitchell 0.5pt each/way at 50/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Shane Lowry 0.5pt each/way at 60/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Chris Kirk 0.5pt each/way at 50/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Sepp Straka 0.5pt each/way at 250/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

EW Terms 1/5, 7 places


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