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Playing the PGA: Arnie Invitational, Players Championship

March is tee time with two big tournaments, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the PGA Players Championship.

March begins with two big PGA tournaments.

The first unfolds this week, as the world’s top golfers converge on Bay Hill Golf Course in Orlando, Florida for the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The tournament gets under way Thursday, March 5 and continues through Sunday, March 8.

Here are five things to consider in your handicapping and wagering.

  1. Rory McIlroy, an 18-time PGA Tour champion, has dominated this event over the past few years. PointsBet lists him as a 5-1 choice, a reasonable return for the tour’s second-leading money-winner behind Justin Thomas.
  2. Are you a momentum player? Tommy Fleetwood had early-week odds of 14-1—a nice projected return for a player who came very close to winning the Honda Classic last week.

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  1. In the same contest, Fleetwood led after 54 holes, and stretched the lead to three strokes early in the final round before collapsing. He rallied, and was only one stroke off the lead on the final hole. Fleetwood had to gamble on getting his second shot close and put it in the water. Will the near-miss help him now?
  2. Former champ Phil Mickelson is going off as a massive 80-1 longshot at some books. You never know when Lefty might get hot.
  3. The PGA Players Championship follows Thursday to Sunday, March 12-15, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Keep an eye on who plays well this week. Then look at top players that didn’t play the Arnold Palmer, but turn up at Sawgrass.

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Heading into March, Justin Thomas leads all PGA earners in 2020 with $4.2 million. McIlroy is second, with $3.2 million. Sunghae Im, rookie of the year from 2019, parlayed the Honda Classic win into third place at $3.2 million. Patrick Reed is fourth at just over $3 million.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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