Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview: Koepka's a Contender
Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview: Koepka's a Contender

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour stays in Florida this week as next up is Arnie's event at Bay Hill. Unfortunately, we've lost Tiger Woods for the week as he pulled out  Monday with a sore neck. But unlike last week, we have plenty of firepower in the field.

Outside of a bizarre two-year stretch where Matt Every claimed victory in back-to-back fashion, the Palmer will generally have some big names in the mix come late Sunday afternoon. With many of the best golfers in the world in good form, I expect nothing less than a big name to win this week.

This week: Arnold Palmer Invitational - Bay Hill, Orlando, Fla.

Last Year: Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 64 on his way to a three-stroke victory over Bryson DeChambeau.

FAVORITES

Rory McIlroy (7-1) 

McIlroy has been among the top of the odds chart nearly every week, and though he's come close several times, he has yet to win. That might change this week as he was the only golfer pushing Dustin Johnson in Mexico a couple weeks back, and his track record here is stellar. In addition to his win here last year, he posted a T4 the year prior and a T11 in his first start at this event. In his four starts at this event, he finished no worse than T27.

Brooks Koepka (10-1) 

Is there a more reliable golfer on the planet when in contention? While others crack or lose focus down the stretch, Koepka seems to hyper-focus

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Greg Vara
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