This year’s Arnold Palmer is set up for a classic finish as many of the world’s best players find themselves in contention heading into today’s Arnold Palmer R4 Odds.
Breezy and firm conditions saw plenty of movement on yesterday’s leaderboard with those starting early able to make serious inroads. Despite the chaos all around him, Kurt Kitayama was able to maintain his second-round lead and heads into today’s final round holding a one-shot lead.
With the conditions worsening as yesterday wore on, Viktor Hovland made the most of his early start, vaulting up the leaderboard after recording a stunning bogey-free round of 66.
It could be argued that yesterday’s round was the best of Hovland’s career as he scored four birdies on his final nine holes to move just one shot off the lead.
The highlight of the Norwegian’s round came on the 14th when he produced a sublime bunker shot to hole out for an unlikely birdie.
Hovland will partner second-round leader Kurt Kitayama who produced a battling display to shoot an even-par 72 to maintain his slim lead.
With a host of top names trying to chase him down, it looked like the pressure was telling as he dropped out of the lead with a poor double bogey on the par-five fourth hole. With many expecting the world number 48 to hit the panic button, Kitayama produced some superb golf, recording four birdies on his back nine, including a birdie on the 18th to head into today leading by one.
Scottie Scheffler headed into the week as the defending champion and the world number two looks incredibly well placed to win his second title of the year. Scheffler’s round burst into life on the 12th hole with the Texan scoring five birdies in his final seven holes to start today just one stroke behind Kitayama.
With more tricky weather on the cards during today’s final round, most of the field will believe they still have a shot at victory.
Lying just one shot off the lead, Scottie Scheffler finds himself as the favorite following his superb back nine yesterday.
Scheffler seems to have developed a liking for this time of year and is looking to defend a title for the second time in 2023 after his victory in the Phoenix Open. The Texan heads into today riding the hot hand following his stunning finish yesterday and he could be hard to beat despite the one-shot deficit he currently faces.
Viktor Hovland has been positioned as the second favorite and like Scheffler will start today one shot off the lead. It’s been a slow start to 2023 for the Norwegian who is yet to post a top-ten finish in any of his four previous starts.
Hovland knows what it takes to contend at the thick end of tournaments and will be hoping to build on his victory at the Hero World Challenge back in December.
With many of the world’s best players circling yesterday many would have expected Kurt Kitayama to falter under the pressure, but the American showed what a gritty competitor he is to start today as the tournament leader.
He produced some superb golf on his back nine. It’s clear that Kitayama isn’t going to give up his lead without a fight, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him still in contention coming down the final few holes.
Rory McIlroy used yesterday’s third round to fire himself into contention and the world number three will start today just three shots off the lead. At a price of +700, he could be the value angle of the day.
Justin Thomas is no stranger to a fourth-round surge and memorably won last year’s US PGA when coming from way off the pace. Thomas has largely flown under the radar this week but will start today just four back. If Thomas can get the putter hot, odds of +2000 could be one of the best bets of the day.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN THE 2023 ARNOLD PALMER|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+450|
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