Golf Rankings for Arnold Palmer Invitational
Welcome back to another week of Yahoo! Fantasy Golf at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Group A is thin again thsi week with third studs, the two-time defending champ and a bunch of question marks. It's probably not the place to take chances. In Group B is where the money will be made as there are a number of options who all make sense. We'll need to navigate this group well. The sheer number of golfers in Group C means no golfer will likely be heavily owned and I'm going to go with one "safe" play and one deeper play.
Our final Florida stop until mid-May and the PLAYERS Championship comes this week. Bay Hill Club & Lodge has hosted the Arnold Palmer Invitational (API) presented by MasterCard since 1979. Bay Hill, located in Orlando, Florida, is a par 72 course that plays at 7,349 yards for the pros. The greens continue to be seeded with bermudagrass as we see throughout Florida and the southeast.
Bay Hill was redesigned in 2009 and the greens were reseeded after last year's event with a new "flavor" of bermudagrass. The greens at least year's event were "not up to typical Tour standards" so hopefully we'll see some improvement. They also removed five acres of rough and converted it to fairway prior to last year's event which likely was part of the reason we saw better scores than we had in prior editions. Finally, they installed new sand (I'm not making this up) to help eliminate buried lies in the traps.
The field is also smaller than normal as only 120 golfers will tee it up on Thursday. But, the top 70 golfers and ties still make it to the weekend so the event is a bit more similar to no-cut events where you can take more risks with your DFS lineup.
Where should we focus our statistical microscope this week? We will look at some different stats this week as this is a different type of course than the golfers have played recently. I may focus a bit more on last year's results based on the changes to the fairways and bunkers.
Birdie or Better Percentage (BOB%): With the changes last year, we saw scoring go way up and I imagine it continues this week especially with the improvements on the greens. We need golfers who can score as the chances will be there around every corner.
Efficiency from >200 yards – Fairway (Eff200): The PGA Tour defines this stat as "the average number of strokes to the hole starting from the fairway or par 3 tee box at a distance greater than or equal to 200 yards. When we look at this category from last year it nearly mirrors the leaderboard.
We're still looking at both last season's and this seasons' stats. And of course, we examine Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green each week.
This weekend it looks like weather could be an issue as thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. So, we could have some delays and we will likely see softer greens that can be attacked.
One last note - Sung Kang snuck into the field late and is in Group C. He'll probably be very low-owned and has been on fire lately. He's a reasonable choice in deeper pools.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #45
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #69
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Paul Casey [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Marc Leishman [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #92
Jason Kokrak [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #96
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