Corey Conners enters final round among betting favorites

Written By Erik Buchinger on March 7, 2021

For the first time in the first three days of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Golf Course in Orlando, Florida, Canadian Corey Conners is not in first place heading into the next round. Conners played his worst round of the tournament on Saturday, but it was good enough to keep him just one shot off the lead at -10 heading into Sunday’s final round and should be in contention for a victory according to the betting markets.

Conners left the first round tied with Rory McIlroy at -6 for first place, was all alone at the top at -9 after Friday and he is now one shot behind the leader Lee Westwood, who shot is at -11 through three rounds. Conners is tied with Bryson DeChambeau at -10 for second place with Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley rounding out the top five with -9 scores.

After a -6 and a -3 score in the first two days, Conners shot just one under par in Saturday’s third round, which was the 32nd best score among all the competitors for the day. He finished with three birdies and a pair of bogeys before earning a par in each of his last six holes to finish out his day. He was one of three Canadians to compete at this tournament along with Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, and neither made the cut after the first two rounds of play.

Conners will be featured in the second-to-last pairing. He will get his day started at 1:45 p.m. ET on Sunday along with Bradley. The only players behind them will be Westwood and DeChambeau, who will get going at 1:55 p.m. ET.

The final round will get started at 7:45 a.m. ET with Steve Stricker and Byeong Hun An teeing off.

Coming in with an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 60 in the world, Conners has just one PGA Tour victory in his career, which came in 2019 at the Valero Texas Open. The 29-year-old finished inside the top 10 three times this season but failed to make the cut in his last tournament, which was The Genesis Invitational on Feb. 21.

Conners played in the Arnold Palmer Invitational twice before in each of the past two years and failed to make the cut both times.

Updated Arnold Palmer Invitational Betting Odds

After three rounds, oddsmakers have made their adjustments to the latest odds on what will happen on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.

After entering the tournament tied for the 37th best odds to win the event with +12000 odds, Conners has climbed all the way up to having the third best odds to win it. Conners is getting +550 odds to finish atop the leader board after Sunday’s action. DeChambeau is the betting favorite at +200, Westwood is getting +470 odds with Spieth at +700 and Tommy Fleetwood at +1000 to round out the top five.

If he doesn’t win the tournament outright, which oddsmakers do not expect is likely, they are confident Conners will be among the top competitors at the end of the tournament. Conners is getting -185 odds to finish inside the top five and -650 to crack the top 10 in the field. A whole lot would have to go wrong for Connors to fall outside the top 20 where he has -9000 odds.

The sportsbook is offering odds between Conners and his Sunday playing partner Bradley with the Canadian as a slight favorite. Conners is getting -110 odds to have a better final round than Bradley, who has +120 odds to beat Conners on Sunday. For a tie to occur between the two competitors in the final round of competition, the payout would be +750.

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