Five prop bets for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, including a Rory McIlroy vs. Jon Rahm matchup

It’s time for the third scheduled PGA Tour event in four weeks.

The best players in the world are in Orlando at the second stop of the Florida Swing at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Overall, 23 of the world’s top 25 players will battle it out on Thursday, including defending champion Scotty Scheffler looking to defend his title for the second time this season (WM Phoenix Open). John Ram and Rory McIlroy – the 2018 champion – want to ruin Scheffler’s plans.

The latter two are matched this week at many bookmakers and are included in this list of five Arnold Palmer Invitational side bets.

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Rory McIlroy (+100) vs. John Ram

2023 Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Invitation
2023 Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitation

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland practices on the driving range ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill golf course on February 28, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

This is understandably risky.

John Rahm looks unstoppable and Rory McIlroy didn’t finish in the top 25 on the PGA Tour in 2023. However, Bay Hill was McIlroy’s playground.

In eight career starts, the Northern Irishman has finished 13th or higher seven times, including a win in 2018.


Max Homa (+130) vs. Scotty Sheffler

2023 Genesis Invitation
2023 Genesis Invitation

Max Homa hitting the fourth hole during the first round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Again, risky. Scotty Sheffler is the reigning champion this week and has already successfully defended his title earlier this season (WM Phoenix Open).

However, you can argue that Max Homa is now playing like one of the top four players in the world. He has won twice this season and is currently second on the Genesis. Homa finished 17th at Bay Hill last year and 10th in 2021.


John Ram, Rory McIlroy or Scotty Sheffler (+200)

John Rahm tees off the fourth tee as Rory McIlroy watches him during a US Open golf practice round at The Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The top three players in the world with +200? Yes please.


Winning difference: 1 hit (+225)

2022 Arnold Palmer Invitation
2022 Arnold Palmer Invitation

Scotty Scheffler is awarded the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament. (Photo: Reinhold Mathai-USA TODAY Sports)

Three consecutive Arnold Palmer Invitationals were decided in one shot. In difficult conditions, it is easy to see the path that continues.


Jason Day, Sungjae Im or Victor Hovland to win (+1000)

Viktor Hovland hitting from the bunker on the eighth hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matej-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Day is a past champion here and has been in the top 10 three times in a row. Sungjae Im finished fourth at Farmers and sixth at the WM Phoenix Open and finished third at Bay Hill twice. He finished in the top 25 in all four games in Orlando. Finally, Viktor Hovland finished second here last season.


The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.


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