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The PGA Tour's Florida Swing ends this week, and it does so in appropriate fashion with the playing of the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The King hosts many of the world's best, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy for the first time, at Bay Hill in Orlando.
Matt Every is defending champion this week, picking up his maiden PGA Tour title here a year ago with a one-shot victory.
We had the winner again last week, although tipping Jordan Spieth to win the Valspar Championship wasn't exactly the biggest stretch. Either way, we're looking for three in a row before the PGA Tour heads to Texas.
Now, on to the picks!
1. Henrik Stenson -- The Swede didn't get the job done at Tampa, but it was a great debut at the Valspar Championship. Stenson has never missed an API cut and has been in the top eight here each of the last two years.
2. Adam Scott -- The Aussie let this one slip away from him last year. He was the 54-hole leader, finishing alone in third. His cuts-made streak ended last week at 45 events. Don't blame the broomstick, though; blame the lack of sleep as a new dad.
3. Jason Day -- Day is playing the golf of his life, but he did finish a modest T-31 in Miami. He wasn't a part of the 2014 event, but was T-45 in 2013. If you pick him, don't do it based on his Bay Hill record.
4. Bubba Watson -- Bubba should conceivably be able to overpower Bay Hill and dominate it in windy conditions. However, his record at Arnie's place is suspect. He has three top-15 finishes in nine career starts, but pulled out after an 83 to open last year. Then he won the Masters. He gave it a good run at Doral, but came up a bit short and looked flustered as he faltered.
5. J.B. Holmes -- Gotta like Holmes here as a guy almost a mortal lock to make the cut. He's eight for eight here and posted his best-ever API finish, a T-10 effort, last year. He almost won at Doral. Almost.
6. Rory McIlroy -- The world No. 1 is making his Bay Hill debut after a dud start at Honda and a better-than-you-remember T-9 at Doral. He's not the hottest player on the planet right now, but is still the best over the last year.
7. Hideki Matsuyama -- Matsuyama is making his API debut, but it's hard not to like the Japanese stud anywhere he plays. He has five top-10 finishes this season and there's no reason why he can't put his ballstriking talents to good use at Bay Hill.
8. Brooks Kopeka -- Koepka has been in the money in each post-Phoenix (win) start. He also had a nice T-17 effort in the no-cut WGC at Doral. Length is a plus at Bay Hill.
9. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler seems back on track after a T-12 finish at a difficult Doral track. Fowler missed the cut here last year, but his swing changes were still in the works. He gave Tiger a very good run for the 2013 title.
10. Graeme McDowell -- G-Mac has a restaurant in Orlando, and he's a tasty pick at Bay Hill. He has top-10 finishes in two of his last three API starts. He's been cold in two Florida starts, missing the cut at Honda and finishing T-56 at Doral.
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Henrik Stenson -- $12,500
2. J.B. Holmes - $8,900
3. Graeme McDowell - $8,800
4. Jason Kokrak -- $7,800
5. Fredrik Jacobson -- $6,500
6. Stewart Cink -- $5,200
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