Dark Horse Picks to Win PGA 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational on FanDuel Sportsbook

Dark Horse Picks to Win PGA 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational on FanDuel Sportsbook, including Keith Mitchell.
Dark Horse Picks to Win PGA 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational on FanDuel Sportsbook, including Keith Mitchell. / Associated Press

Another elevated event and loaded field for the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational (API). Bay Hill Club is a 7,466 yard Par 72 that will test 27 of the top 30 and 44 of the top 50 players in the world golf rankings.

Jon Rahm and 2022 API winner Scottie Scheffler along with 2018 champion Rory McIlroy top the odds board as top win favorites and contenders.

Following wins by dark horse picks Max Homa in the Farmers Insurance Open and Adam Svensson in the RSM Classic, there are opportunities to cash in on other players behind the leading favorites including for a top-10 or top-20 finish.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Dark Horse Picks 2023

Beyond the favorites, there are plenty of capable longshots and dark horses that could make a run at the leaderboard and come away with a higher finish or victory on Sunday. Check out Arnold Palmer Invitational odds to win along with finishing position odds, tournament matchups and golf props on FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. Will Zalatoris (+2400)

Will Zalatoris finished T-10 at Bay Hill in his 2021 debut in the API. On longer, difficult courses like Bay Hill, Will Z ranks top 8 in Strokes Gained: Total. He enters off a T-4 finish in the recent Genesis Invitational, where he gained strokes putting for the sixth straight tournament. Since 2020, the 26- year-old has 17 top-10 finishes and he's shown he can rise up in the biggest events against the best players. A top-10 finish this week more than doubles your wager.

2. Sam Burns (+4800)

Sam Burns finished T-11 at The American Express and T-6 in the Phoenix Open this year. He ranks No. 1 in putting in this field over his last 36 rounds in difficult scoring conditions. His short game is top notch along with his approach play, and Burns found his groove at Bay Hill last year with a T-9 finish despite shooting 75 on Saturday. Another top finish and payoff would not be a surprise for the 26-year-old four-time PGA Tour winner.

3. Keith Mitchell (+5500)

On longer courses and difficult scoring conditions, Keith Mitchell ranks No. 2 in this field in SG: Ball Striking and Off-the-Tee. He finished T-6 here in 2019 and T-5 in 2020 when scoring was again difficult. As mentioned in the Phoenix Open dark horse picks preview, Mitchell plays his best on Bermuda grass and in the wind. The 31-year-old tied for fourth at Pebble Beach and his game was sharp from tee to green while scrambling well with positive putting results. Those skills and stats should translate to success at Bay Hill, especially with Mitchell coming off a fifth-place finish in the Genesis and now playing on his preferred soil. He's a value dark horse who returns a nice profit for a top-5, top-10 or even a top-20 finish.

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