Arnold Palmer Invitational Tips: Zalatoris ready to win at Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer Invitational Tips: Zalatoris ready to win at Bay Hill

Will Zalatoris, the first player put forward in Niall Lyons' Arnold Palmer Invitational Tips, leads the way for most single bets and total single stakes through oddschecker this week.

Zalatoris: “His long game has been off the charts”

Lyons, who is now up a huge 177.56 pts in 2022 after an each-way return on Chris Kirk at the Honda Classic (66/1 eight places), had this to say about Zalatoris and his likely fondness for Bay Hill.

“Zalatoris has hit the ground running in 2022 and given the golf he produced at Torrey Pines can consider himself awful unlucky not to have won. His long game has been off the charts in his three appearances to far this year, but the problem continues to be on the greens." 

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He added: “There is no doubt this is costing him victories, but there was a time where the flat stick was costing Morikawa also. A weakness on the greens can easily be overturned week to week and Zalatoris looks a prime candidate to turn those fortunes around and get into the winner's circle.

“7th and 2nd at Torrey, 2nd at Augusta, 6th at Winged Foot and 8th at Kiawah Island is all the evidence we need that Zalatoris' expertise lies at these long, demanding golf courses. This is the perfect opportunity for him to separate himself from the field with his tee to green excellence and is possibly a place where his weakness on the greens hinders him less than previous venues.”

Zalatoris remains available at 28/1 with eight places at the time of writing, despite accounting for 10% of all the tournament winner bets placed this week through oddschecker.

Sungjae Im worth another look despite Honda Classic MC

Another player who will need to turn his fortunes around on the green to compete at Bay Hill is Sungjae Im, who missed the cut in his defence of the Honda Classic last week. He also misfired with his approach play, but Lyons noted that his irons were also poor at the Sanderson in late 2021 – a week that directly preceded his second PGA Tour win at the Shriners.

Im (best price 28/1 with eight places) is currently third for total single bets this week behind just Zalatoris and Keegan Bradley - picked out by Lyons as "one of the more interesting outsiders".

The South Korean world number 24 is also third for total single stakes – a category in which he only trails Zalatoris and Paul Casey (best price 33/1 if you want the eight place terms). The most recent of the Englishman’s PGA Tour wins came at the Valspar Championship in March 2019.

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