World number six Rory McIlroy has been a model of consistency on the PGA Tour so far this season and he will be confident of putting together a strong defence at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who has made the decision to play predominantly on the American circuit this season, started 2019 off with a tied-fourth finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

In his next three outings, the 29-year-old four-time major champion has gone T5-T4-2 at the Farmers Insurance Open, Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico Championship respectively.

McIlroy ranks first in strokes gained: tee-to-green this season and he can be found at 7/1 to successfully defend his title, which would be another positive ahead of the Masters next month.

World number two Justin Rose will be aiming to become the first Englishman to lift the trophy this week and he has a good record at the course, having recorded seven top-15 finishes.

The 38-year-old, who has two wins from his last five starts worldwide and is 10/1 to win this week, was third in the event last year and he will be nicely rested after taking a mini-break since a missed cut at the Saudi International.

American duo Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka both finished tied-second at last week’s Honda Classic and the duo will be hoping to have a big say in the outcome of the tournament as they aim to win the title for the first time.

World number five Bryson DeChambeau disappointed on his latest outing when finished T56 at the Mexico Championship but he will be optimistic of producing better at Bay Hill.

The 25-year-old finished second last year, when he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green and co-led in par-5 scoring, and he can be found at 16/1 to go one better this time around.

Another player trying to break the English curse at this event is Ian Poulter, who has climbed back to 30th in the world and has been showing some fantastic form lately.

The 43-year-old, who can be found at a big price of 50/1 to claim all the spoils, has gone T6-T3-T6-T3 in his last four starts worldwide and he has a positive record at Bay Hill, with five top 25s to his name.

Big incentives are once again on offer this week as, for the fifth consecutive year, the champion will receive three-year exemptions for PGA Tour membership and entry into The Players.