The 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational? Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th of March, 2019

Where is the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational? Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational? $9,100,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational? https://www.pgatour.com/tourna...

What is the course yardage at the Bay Hill? 7,419 yards (6,784 m)

What is the par at Bay Hill? 72

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational?

THE HISTORY

The “West Coast Swing" heads to one of the PGA Tours most iconic stops, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The late, great Arnold Palmer made this his tournament in 1979 and it consequently became a must-play for many of the game’s biggest names. Beginning with the 2017 tournament, the winner now receives a red cardigan in memory of Arnold Palmer, something that has only added to the iconic tournament.

Winning scores have been varied in the past 10 editions with Wood’s scorecard in 2009 the tournament’s joint-second highest winning total of five under. Whereas McIlroy in 2018 recorded the joint-third lowest winning total of -18, suggesting the course set-up and weather conditions will play a notable role in whomever’s game will suit.

THE FAVOURITES

Justin Rose

The world number one will need to put himself in contention this week to stay as the highest ranked player. This will be just the Englishman’s third start on the PGA Tour in 2019 but with a win already in the bag on his last outing, a lack of playing time certainly won’t be a problem. An average result of 8th in his last three starts at Bay Hill suggests another victory is a strong possibility.

Rory McIlroy

The Northern Irishman is playing the type of golf that took him to the top of the world rankings and earned him four major titles over four seasons. Having not finished outside the top five in four straight starts this year – the first time he has achieved that in his career – he heads to Bay Hill as defending champion in as good a form as ever. His rank of number one in strokes-gained total tells you all you need to know about the all-round state of his game for him to successfully defend a PGA Tour title for the first time.

Tiger Woods

Woods’ second return since back surgery has continued in the same positive trend as 2018; playing consistent golf with three top-20s without getting into second gear. The eight-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational must always be regarded as a favourite however, and there are significant signs that his game is edging closer to winning form. A T5 finish here last year with minimal form and his rank of sixth in strokes-gained total suggests that if he finds his putting touch for the week, this could well be title number nine.

THE OUTSIDERS

Rickie Fowler

The American came close to recording his second win of 2019 at last week’s Honda Classic with a final round 67 in tough conditions. An average finishing position of 26th this season with a win and a runner-up suggests some inconsistencies within his game, however he is ranked eighth in strokes-gained putting, meaning if he finds something positive within his long game for the week he has every chance of being in contention once again.

Henrik Stenson

With only one top-ten on the PGA Tour since last year’s Masters, the Swede’s form has taken a dip. A T12 finish at the European Tour’s season ending DP World Tour Championship proposed his game was returning, however a 54th in his only start of 2019 at the WGC Mexico suggests otherwise. Nonetheless, Bay Hill has been a course where the former world number two thrives, having finished inside the top five on three of his previous four starts here. A return to a positive venue could well spark some life into the veteran and see him contend again.