Sobel’s Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament Matchups: Matsuyama, Poulter Lead the Way

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Brian Spurlock, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ian Poulter

  • The Arnold Palmer Invitational begins on Thursday morning (6:45 a.m., ET) at Bay Hill outside of Orlando, Florida.
  • Jason Sobel has his eye on a few tournament matchup bets including Ian Poulter vs. Phil Mickelson.

Imagine if there were individual matchup bets back in Arnold Palmer’s prime…

The King ranks fifth all-time with 62 career PGA Tour victories and seventh on the list with seven major championships.

If you were throwing around some wagers 50-plus years ago, Palmer would’ve been a good bet nearly anyplace, anytime.

But matchups, man, that’s where he would’ve thrived.

Even though most players probably don’t know who the books have aligned them against on any given week, Palmer was the type who might’ve taken a quick glance and ensured his backers would still be fans of his come Sunday evening.

I mention all of this because this week’s tournament is Palmer’s eponymous invitational at his Bay Hill home, where we’re be looking for a few players to do their best Arnie impersonation and win some matchups. Here are my three favorite bets:

Ian Poulter over Phil Mickelson (-115)

This seems like a confluence of good vibes and good form for Poulter.

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