Kings of Fantasy Column

A trophy filled with sweet tea and lemonade

PGA Tour readies for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill
By Wesley Woodbery | Mar 14, 2017
A few friends of the late Arnold Palmer, middle, at the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Think of watching four days of the PGA Tour in warm and sunny Orlando, Florida.
You just won a Draft Kings PGA entry so congratulations are in order.
What’s the first thing you’re going to want? Well, the Kings of Fantasy suggest an Arnold Palmer, which is a delicious drink that combines half sweet tea and half lemonade.
The PGA Tour moves to Florida for the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.

The Bay Hill Course
Bay Hill is a gorgeous, historic and emotional venue. This will be the first Arnold Palmer Invitational played since Palmer passed last September.
Bay Hill, however, used to be known by the players on the Tour as one of if not the least favorite course to play.
They often complained of bumpy rough greens and unplayable fairways.
In 2015, Palmer revamped the course. Opening up fairways by removing almost two acres of rough and replacing all the greens with fresh Bermuda grass.
Since then, more and more players have returned to play at  Bay Hill and they are loving the changes. A longer yet easier course was created with winning scores around the minus-20s range.
We might even see this year’s winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational hit that mark.
Fairway bunkers line golfers trips to the greens, making for some difficult second shots. One thing we don’t have to worry as much about this week is water. Bay Hill is a dryer course than we are used to seeing in Florida.

Key Stats to Target
Efficiency (fairway) at 200-plus yards out, birdie or better percentages, strokes gained from tee-to-green and strokes gained putting.
From our persepective at the Kings of Fantasy, analyzing key stats will increase your chances of picking the best golfer(s) for a particular course and provide you tremendous advantage in building your lineup(s).

KOF’s Golfers for the API
— Henrik Stenson (DK $11,500): Stenson has never missed a cut in eight trips at Bay Hill. He plays extremely well at this course. In his last four trips he has no lower finish then tied for 15th. Eyeing the Masters in two weeks, he will bring his best golf for his final practice tournament before the he takes the stage in Augusta.
— Rickie Fowler (DK $9,900): This guy loves playing golf in the state of Florida. He owns a Players Championship and Honda Classic victory in the Sunshine state. Why not add an API trophy to the collection. In his previous attempts here Fowler has made four out of five cuts with his highest finish being tied for third. Fire him up in your lineups.
— Justin Rose (DK $9,500): “Rosey” the Brit finished tied for ninth at last year’s API. Known as one of the most consistent golfers on the Tour he talks the talk and walks the walk here at Bay Hill with four Top 10 finishes.
— Charles Howell (DK $6,900): Howell will not have to sleep in a hotel this week because he’s a resident of Bay Hill and we think that will speak  volumes for his performances at the API. There is no telling how many times he has played this course.  He must know it like the back of his hand. His recent API finishes proves that too. He’s made eight straight cuts here.
— Tyrrell Hatton (DK $9,100): Probably the “hottest golfer” you’ve never heard of as the Brit from Buckinghamshire, England is swinging the club very well. Hatton has finished Top 25 in 10 straight consecutive starts. Wow! That’s impressive. If he keeps up the pace expect him to pick up his second victory in his last 11 outings.
— Wesley Bryan (DK $7,100): All of us at the Kings of Fantasy have been on Bryan all year. We talked him up in the preseason and he let us down the first three tournaments. Now, the South Carolina native is making waves on Tour. Finishing in the Top 10 in his last three Tour starts. This will be his first appearance in the API. We expect Bryan to keep rising on the leaderboard.