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Nic Ladds 24th Mar 2009 - 12:25

Singh it from the rooftops - Vijay can win!

All eyes on Tiger Woods as he continues on the come-back trail, lining up at 9/4 favourite in the betting for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The question of whether Woods' has a good chance at the price of winning this is unquestionable (like most of the tournaments he enters).

He has won this tournament five times so can play well round Bay Hill, his driving was looking superb after his come back and his short game will have improved no end for the couple of outing's he has had.

On top of this, many will feel that as he is 5/2 in the betting for The Masters, 9/4 about him in a much weaker field (shorn of Mickelson, Garcia and Ogilvy to name but three).

However, if you are looking to oppose the world number 1 then there is reason to do so and value to be had.

While Tiger could bowl this field over on a going day, he is still coming back from injury and has a lot to prove, and you can be sure The Masters is his main target.

While he has won here 5 times, his win last year was his first since 2003 and he won just to come from behind at the death to take it, and that was while playing arguably the best golf of his career.

In the years' previous to 2008 his form was nothing special and while for many he will be a cracking bet at the price, it is worth looking at some of his rivals where cracking each way value can be found.

Next in the betting are a host of his rivals all at 25/1 in the betting. Retief Goosen won last week in the Transitions Championship and he looks a new man having lost a good deal of weight and is finally starting to claw his way back up the world rankings. A bold show here would be no surprise.

There are too many question marks over Anthony Kim at the moment to back him with confidence but if on a going day will be a danger to all.

Kenny Perry won this tournament in 2005 and has some decent form in the book this year having won the FBR Open, but he seems to save himself for mopping up lesser events with weaker fields but a place is not out of the question.

The final one at odds of 25/1 is Sean O'Hair who until last week had been ultra consistent this year with five finishes out of six being top 20 finishes. He finished in a share of third here last year, and if putting last week's shocker behind him then has every chance.

Padraig Harrington would be huge at 33/1 if, like Kim, he comes here on a going day and also at odds of 33/1 Vijay Singh is preferred.

Vijay won here in 2007 having finished second in this tournament three times previously, including to Perry in 2005 when leading at the last before hitting his approach shot in the water. His form leading up to the contest has not been amazing but at over ten times the price of Tiger, a wager on him looks a fair shout.

The other main bet is Rocco Mediate at odds of 80/1. The man who this tournament is named after Arnold Palmer has been Mediate's mentor from a young age so he would dearly love to put in a big show here.

He finished second to Singh in 2007 and also third back in 2002. He played some decent golf last week, especially in his final round and now he is striking the ball better he can put in a big show at a great price.

There is without a doubt some excellent value to be had with each-way paying at a quarter of the odds as a lot of the prices are inflated due to Tiger's presence.

There will be people who lump on Mr Woods and may even see this as a formality for him before he tackles The Masters

This will be fascinating to see how much further down the recovery trail Tiger has come and if he is fully wound up, it would be no surprise to see him record victory number six here in emphatic fashion.

Sean O'Hair - 25/1
Vijay Singh - 33/1
Rocco Mediate - 80/1

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