The PGA Tour continues the Florida swing this week in Orlando at Bay Hill Club. The field for this week’s event is much stronger than last week’s Honda Classic. Several of the top players in the world will be teeing it up for the API.
Unfortunately, eight-time API Champion Tiger Woods was a late withdrawal from the event on Monday due to a neck strain. Yes, I know it is a disappointment to not have Tiger playing this week. However, we have a field that includes Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and the defending champion Rory McIlroy.
I expect the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational will provide an exciting finish on Sunday afternoon.
This week presents the DFS community with a much smaller field. Due to the Invitational status of this event, only 123 players are in the field rather than the usual 156. This event will have a standard cut of the top 70 and ties after the second round.
From a DFS perspective, it is that much more important to have 6 of 6 golfers make the cut if you hope to take down a GPP.
For this event, my focus is on players that excel putting and scrambling. The conditions in Orlando will likely present players with very fast greens and firm conditions. I am fading players struggling in these key areas this week. Obviously, greens in regulation, strokes gained approach, driving accuracy, etc. are important as always. However, the fairways are wider here at Bay Hill. This makes ball striking not as much of a premium as it is for many tracks on tour.
Weather does not appear to be a factor in Orlando this week. No rain is expected. The current weather forecast has winds in the 5-7 mph range. I don’t see any advantage for the morning or afternoon wave Thursday or Friday.
2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational DFS Golf FanDuel Picks
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Defending Champion Rory McIlroy, $12,200
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He finished second in his last outing at the WGC Mexico. Four straight top-five finishes. Rory is definitely in great form. He should be the highest price golfer on the slate.
Rickie Fowler, $11,500
The guy is playing outstanding. Four top-five finishes in 2019 including a win. I expect Rickie to be near the top of the leaderboard Sunday.
Brooks Koepka, $11,400
Brooks started 2019 slowly, but that’s what he tends to do. He played much better last week finishing second to Keith Mitchell. Koepka does not have great course history at this event compared to the other players priced in the top tier this week. I don’t care. I hope that keeps his DFS ownership down and gives me leverage. Additionally, Koepka loves putting on fast Bermuda greens.
Charles Howell III, 10,000
Howell fits the narrative as a course horse. Great course history. CH3 has made 17 of 18 cuts at the API. CH3 also won the RSM Classic in November 2018.
Lucas Glover, 10,000
Glover finished strong at the Honda Classic last week finishing in 4th place. Glover has 7 top 20 finishes this year. I expect his consistent play to continue.
Zach Johnson, $9,800
Johnson has made 14 of 15 cuts at this event.
Byeong Hun An, $9,700
He has made the cut in all three attempts at the API. He also has made the cut in 15 consecutive PGA events.
Michael Thompson, 9,600
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Thompson is a player many casual golf fans don’t know. However, they should. Thompson has 6 top 20 finishes on tour this year. Thompson did not putt as well as he usually does at the Honda last week but still finished in the top 20. I expect his putting to improve this week. His strokes gained statistics have been very good in 2019 as well.
Keegan Bradley, $9,100
Keegan is consistent. He has made the cut in 21 consecutive events on Tour. He also has made 6 consecutive cuts at this event. If you are looking for a safe play than Keegan is your guy. I can’t see him missing the cut.
If you are looking for some lower priced players in this week’s field to fill out your lineups I like the following:
- J.T. Poston $8,600
- Danny Willet $8,100
- Adam Schenk $8,000
- Roger Sloan $7,400
Good luck this week.