2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Puerto Rico Open betting and DFS picks: Current form, course fit and horses for courses
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2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Puerto Rico Open betting and DFS picks: Current form, course fit and horses for courses

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Each week, including this week's 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Golf News Net offers PGA Tour betting picks and daily fantasy sports (DFS) lineups using our proprietary model, which is weighted toward longer-term performance.

However, we don't just use our model when making these picks. We also need to look at current form, course fits and horses for courses. This data can and should help inform our decision making, including validating things we see in the model. If everything lines up, then a player can become an auto-play. If only some parts of the equation suggest a player will perform well this week, then we may look more tepidly at investing in a player.

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2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tournament Model | Field | Rankings | Horses for Courses | Betting Odds | One and Done | DFS Picks | Past Results | Cheat Sheet | Recent Form | Finish Database

2024 Puerto Rico Open: Field | Rankings | One and Done | Horses for Courses | Past Results | Cheat Sheet | Recent Form | Finish Database

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2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational history and current PGA Tour finish trends

Finish Trends

Recent PGA Tour Trends

We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events. This week, we're including players in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Puerto Rico Open.

  • Sam Burns - 2 - T-3 Phoenix Open, T-10 Genesis Invitational
  • Patrick Cantlay - 2 - T-11 Pebble Beach, 4th Genesis Invitational
  • Eric Cole - 2 - T-14 Pebble Beach, T-10 Genesis Invitational
  • Jason Day - 2 - T-6 Pebble Beach, T-9 Genesis Invitational
  • Tom Hoge - 2 - T-6 Pebble Beach, T-8 Genesis Invitational
  • Si Woo Kim - 2 - T-12 Phoenix Open, T-14 Pebble Beach
  • Jake Knapp - 2 - WIN Mexico Open, T-4 Cognizant Classic
  • Scottie Scheffler - 3 - T-6 Pebble Beach, T-8 Phoenix Open, T-10 Genesis Invitational
  • Justin Thomas - 2 - T-6 Pebble Beach, T-12 Phoenix Open
  • Erik van Rooyen - 2 - T-8 Mexico Open, T-2 Cognizant Classic
  • Cameron Young - 2 - T-8 Phoenix Open, T-4 Cognizant Classic

Event Finish History

We like to look for potential horses for courses with most PGA Tour events, particularly those with regular host courses. We're typically looking at players who finished in the top 15 in this particular event in the last five (for this event, two) years, keeping in mind that this is a new venue we've not seen.

Here are those players for the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

Here are those players for the Puerto Rico Open:

  • Ryan Brehm - 2
  • Nate Lashley - 3
  • Vince Whaley - 2
  • Brandon Wu - 2

Course Fits

A player is a course fit -- or a potential course fit, at least -- if their Strokes Gained breakout when they finish in the top 25 is similar to the average for top-25 finishers at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Here's our breakdown:

  • Putting: 26%
  • Tee to Green: 74%
  • Off the Tee: 21%
  • Approach: 36%
  • Around the Green: 18%

Possible fits include:

Find course fits using our member-only tool which shows this week's course numbers relative to the field.

I've also created a new listing which helps you find correlated courses by looking at the course fit breakdown for each recurring host course on the PGA Tour.

This week's model

Check out the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational generic model, as well as our NEW short-term model which is available to GNN members.

My model weighs performance over multiple time frames (the last five events, 1 year and 2 years) with different weighting to strokes gained based on quality of competition.

We also have a tool for members which lays out the last field, our model and their results in the last five PGA Tour events and last five years of this week's event. Check it out!

We have also dramatically updated all of our tools with better data presentation, export and more to come soon!

Good luck this week!

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Ryan Ballengee

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