Molinari going through the gears again

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Francesco Molinari

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is next up on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy is the 13/2 favourite for the Bay Hill event.

The Northern Irishman has been a model of consistency in 2019 with four straight top-five finishesn and might be one win away from really recapturing his groove.

He should go well but another European Major champion is also coming to Bay Hill with some wind in his sails.

Francesco Molinari @ 35/1 win and each-way

The Italian enjoyed a remarkable 2018, when he won the BMW PGA Championship before securing the Claret Jug with an ice-cool display at the Open Championship in July. Throw in a record-breaking Ryder Cup display in Paris, and it was perhaps no surprise he faded late in the year.

A top-20 finish in Mexico suggests Molinari is starting on an upward curve with the Players and first Major of the season looming. His all-round play is ideal for the Bay Hill challenge and he has three top-ten finishes at this event in six starts.

Luke List @ 69/1 win and each-way

List is one of a number of talented thirty-something Americans still chasing that first PGA Tour victory, despite some close calls. He’s got serious length off the tee and has started to build a decent Bay Hill record, finishing in the top 20 in 2017 and in a tie for seventh last year, and that suggests he might figure on the leaderboard come Sunday.

Ian Poulter @ 48/1 win and each-way

Ian Poulter is coming here on a very strong run of form, with figures of T6-T3-T6-T3 in his last four starts around the globe.

It won’t be any surprise should be muster another challenge at Bay Hill, where Poulter hasn’t missed a cut since 2011 and has finished inside the top-25 on five occasions.

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