Arnold Palmer Invitational Dark Horse Picks

Sebastian Munoz is likely to find success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week.
Sebastian Munoz is likely to find success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week. / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is finally here! Unfortunatley the defending champion, Bryson DeChambeau won't be competing, but it's still going to be a stacked-field event that should summon a fantastic viewing and betting experience.

If you want my full betting preview and three outright picks I'm backing this week, check out my best bets article.

Here, I'm going to give out three longshot bets for those of you how like to get a little bit aggressive with your picks.

All odds listed are via WynnBET Sportsbook.

Long Shot Bets to Win the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Sebastian Munoz +9000

As I pointed out in my betting preview, you want to target golfers who are good off the tee, and whose strong at 200+ yard approach shots. Munoz checks both of those boxes, especially the latter. He ranks 50th in strokes gained: off-the-tee, and T15 in accuracy from 200+ yards away.

He's also been playing some solid golf as of late, finishing T39 at the Farmers Insurance Open, then following it up with a T23 at the WM Phoenix Open and a T21 at the Genesis Invitational.

He's also available at +350 to finish in the Top 20.

Nicolai Hojgaard +15000

Some of my favorite dark horse bets are Europeans who North American bettors are unfamiliar with. Nicolai Hojgaard is one half of Danish twins (brother Rasmus) that are viewed at as a pair of phenoms on the European Tour (now known as the DP World Tour).

He won the Ras Al Khaimah Championship just last month, which was his second European Tour win at just 20 years old. He's yet to find success on American soil, but he's certainly worth a sprinkle this week at 150/1.

Taylor Pendrith +17500

FanSided's Cody Williams pointed out Taylor Pendrith as his favorite dark horse bet this week, and I tend to agree. This is what he said about him in his own betting preview for the event:

"Let’s get wild. Don’t empty the bank account here, but I love a sprinkle on Pendrith this week. He’s another long-hitter (15th in driving distance on the PGA Tour this season) who has performed well at tracks that require that, evidenced by a T-16 at Torrey Pines for the Farmers this year. Moreover, he’s popped of late, even finishing solidly at T-25 last week at The Honda, a place that shouldn’t necessarily fit his game. That combination of form and fit makes him an intriguing option to just sprinkle on a tad in hopes that he’s able to become the fifth first-time winner this season."

I listed Pendrith in my article at the start of the year where I pointed out a few golfers who I felt were poised for a a breakout season, so I'd love to see him in contention on Sunday at Bay Hill.