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Woods favourite to finally end PGA Tour drought in Orlando

| 21.03.2012

After being forced to withdraw midway through the WGC Cadillac Championship recently, an impressive showing at the Travistock Cup has seen Tiger Woods installed as an overwhelming 8/1 favourite to claim the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which starts on Thursday.

Woods showed no ill effects from the Achilles injury which forced him to quit on his 65th hole of the previous PGA Tour round, recording an impressive six birdies on the opening day of the Travistock Cup to make punters sit up and take notice.

He performed well before his exit from the last round of the Tour too, posting a score of nine-under prior to his ill-fated attempt to complete the fourth round of the course.

The American, without a PGA Tour victory since the BMW Championship in 2009, is a six time winner of the Arnold Palmer invitational, and will be determined to make it seven wins at the Bay Hill course after missing the tournament last year.

There have been signs that the former world number one is returning to his best form for months now, and he could finally peak at a course he has had so much success on in the past.

Phil Mickelson is his closest competitor in the betting, ranked as a 14/1 chance for success, and he has won at this course before, albeit back in 1997.

Mickelson has recorded two top ten finishes in three Tour starts this year though, including victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and he should challenge here too.

Meanwhile, Nick Watney looks too big at 33/1, and after already achieving a top ten finish on the Tour this year, he too could pose a threat to Woods’s chances at that massive price.

That said, Woods looks the best he has done for some time, and it could be worth investing in the 8/1 odds for him to complete a seventh Bay Hill triumph.



John Klee