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Overton looks the longshot capable of Arnold Palmer surprise

| 22.03.2012

It is hard to believe that Jeff Overton is still seeking a maiden success on the PGA Tour, but this is all set to change at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he is 50/1 in the PGA Tour odds to triumph.

Overton will not have fond memories of the event, having shot an 80 in the opening round last year, which unsurprisingly ensured that he missed the cut.

However, this experience of the Bay Hill course will be a big help to Overton as it is not a venue that favours rookies given its challenging nature.

Meanwhile, Overton arrives as one of the form players on the PGA Tour, as he has secured top-20 finishes in all of his last three tournaments.

The last of these was at the recent Transitions Championship, where he was only one shot shy of making a play-off.

What was particularly relevant about this result was that he ranked tied fifth in the field in terms of greens hit and Bay Hill is considered one of the most difficult available when it comes to making greens in regulation.

At even bigger prices, DA Points may be worth a small investment at 100/1, as he has taken a liking to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the past.

Points has an admirable record of making the cut in all five of his previous visits to Bay Hill and this course expertise could be a big asset.

His form thus far in 2012 is also solid, with four top-15 finishes.

Another player worthy of consideration at 100/1 is Michael Thompson after a strong closing round at the Transitions Championship.

However, he is making his first appearance at Bay Hill and none of the 21 rookies to have played at the course in the past three years have even managed to finish inside the top ten.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.