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Betting: Will Rory McIlroy win again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational?

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Minty Bets is joined by Jay Busbee to give his top picks for the upcoming Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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MINTY BETS: Before we get started, get $25 when you sign up for the Yahoo Sportsbook today.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational takes place this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Joining me today is Jay Busbee here to give us his best bets for the tournament. Jay, the usual suspects are the favorites here. We've got Rory McIlroy, Victor Hovland and Bryson DeChambeau. Do you like any of those guys to win this?

JAY BUSBEE: I do, I do. Victor Hovland in particular is really, really playing well right now. He's coming off a T 2 finish in Florida last week. That's his fourth straight finish with a tie of sixth or better. He's really playing at a high, high level. He hasn't won yet in 2021, but I think that he's very much due. This is a chance for him to win with a number of guys who aren't in the field, guys like Xander Schaufele, DJ, Jon Rahm. They're not there.

His toughest competition amongst that crew might be Rory McIlroy. Again, he's finished in the top six his last four times. He's got a win in there at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He missed the cut at Riviera. But he followed that up with a tie for sixth last week at the WGC. Again, Rory really playing strong at this point in the year.

MINTY BETS: Are there any sleepers that you like as well?

JAY BUSBEE: There are a few. And I'm not sure you would necessarily call them sleepers. We're going to kind of go a couple of different directions here. Francesco Molinari is playing really, really well. He's got three top 10s in his last four events. He won this event two years ago. And he ranked second to McIlroy in overall scoring average at Bay Hill amongst the entire field. That's a good sign. He's at 28 to 1.

Another guy at 25 to 1, familiar name, Jordan Spieth. I couldn't believe it. But he actually never played the Arnold Palmer Invitational before. He just, for whatever reason, it hadn't worked in his schedule. He's coming off a run of T 4, T 3, T 15. That's strong stuff. He didn't play last week. He didn't qualify. But he's playing well enough that you might want to give him a look.

And then I want to go on the far, far end of these things. I want to look at Shane Lowry. He's 125 to 1. The only reason why I like him is because Arnold Palmer was the best guy to have in the 19th hole clubhouse afterward to have a drink and talk over the run, to have, perhaps, an Arnold Palmer, if you will. And Shane Lowry, the reigning Open Championship champion is the best guy on the course for that. So, I'm not sure how well he'll play. At 125 to 1, you might not want to put a whole lot on him. But I think that he's absolutely the odds on favorite to have the best stories on tour.