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The PGA Tour heads to Orlando to round out the Florida Swing with a trip to Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This will be the second year for the event since Mr. Palmer passed away, as Marc Leishman won last year as part of a career year. Tiger Woods is back, vying for a ninth title here and a first red cardigan, now given to the winner. Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Hidei Matsuyama are big names in the field as well.
Also, before we get to the picks, a brief apology for not posting a DraftKings lineup last week. I was on travel on Wednesday and had planned to get a post up in the late afternoon for our GNN Plus members, as well post a lineup, and connectivity issues basically kept me from publishing until Sunday. So, I apologize.
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2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Tiger Woods — We really don’t have to lead with Tiger, but he’s been playing great golf in his last two starts. He could have won Honda were it not for the 15th hole, and he had Valspar in his hands even though he hadn’t played there in 22 years. I’m impressed.
2. Justin Rose — Rose did, well, wilt on Sunday’s back nine at the Valspar, but that doesn’t take away from his collective run since last fall. Almost unmatched record here, non-Tiger Division.
3. Tommy Fleetwood — Fleetwood still seems underappreciated here in the States despite his continued great play. Avoid at your peril.
4. Jason Day — Day hasn’t played much in 2018, but he’s won and finished T-2. He could easily be higher, but his lack of reps and health concerns always weigh on me.
5. Alex Noren — Noren has no finish worth than T-21 this year, and he has a P-2 and looked good in Mexico. What’s not to like? Also, Bay Hill kind of reminds me of a Scandinavian Open course he used to light up.
6. Brian Harman — So massively underrated despite playing some of the most consistent golf for the last 20 months. He just goes out and plays well every time out.
7. Bubba Watson — A win and a T-9 in his last two starts, and streaky Bubba is getting ready for the Masters. Good finishes here in the past buoy that recent turn of form.
8. Henrik Stenson — If there’s another horse-for-course play, it’s Stenson. He’s been so solid here over the years, but the 6-over total at Valspar last week is jarring.
9. Kiradech Aphibarnrat — I’m all over the Barnrat this week. Lovely final sprint at Mexico to give it a run, and he’s been a global warrior so far this year.
10. Patrick Reed — Have to keep an eye on Reed after his near miss at Valspar. He seems genuinely excited to play golf in the same fields as Tiger Woods, and that may actually mean something for his performances, particularly in a Ryder Cup year.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Tommy Fleetwood – $9,500
- Bubba Watson – $8,600
- Brian Harman – $8,500
- Jason Kokrak – $8,000
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat – $7,900
- Kevin Chappell – $7,300
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