Rory McIlroy headlines the Tour's annual stop in Arnie Country
The 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard is set for March 5-8 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,800)
For those of you still around after last week's bloodbath, thank you. Our redemption tour starts this week, and it starts with a guy who's been money for his career and a take-it-to-the-bank slam dunk for the better part of the last year. Rory's riding a string of six straight top-5 finishes, and dating back to the start of 2019, he's finished in the top 5 more often (15 times) than not (13 times). That's just a stunning display of consistency. Wins are the only lagging indicator — only one since the Tour Championship in September — but if he keeps contending, those will come, too. And while he's not quite Tiger at Bay Hill, he's as close as you'll come, with finishes of T6, 1, T4, T27 and T11 in his five appearances.
Marc Leishman ($8,600)
Leishman has a win on his ledger already in 2020, and he could add to it this week at a place where he's won before. The 2017 API winner (he also finished T7 in 2018) is striping it this year with his irons — he's 4th in SG: Approach the Green and 16th in SG: Tee-to-Green. Ball strikers excel here, and Leishman qualifies.
Billy Horschel ($8,000)
Horschel upheld our honor last week as the only member of our quintet to show up for the weekend, and his reward is another spot on our roster this week. Billy Ho's rolling it pure this year — even during a final-round 75 at the Honda, he had no misses inside 10 feet. Had back-to-back top-20 finishes here in 2016-17.
Phil Mickelson ($7,900)
It's been feast or famine for Lefty in 2020, with three missed cuts sandwiched around a pair of third-place finishes (one at Pebble, one in Saudi Arabia). The magic is still in there somewhere, and at this price, why not take a gamble, Lefty-style? Even in his age-50 season, he's good for a few Phil-the-Thrill moments. Not much of a course horse — he usually skips this event — but he did win in back in 1997.
Harris English ($7,400)
If the Tour Championship were held today, English would be in attendance; he currently ranks 29th in FedExCup points on the strength of six top-20 finishes, including four top-6 showings. His scorching play cooled a bit after the calendar turned to 2020, but he still shows up carrying back-to-back top 20s, with a T17 at the Honda that included a stellar final-round 68 on a difficult day. He's 2nd on Tour in GIR, 12th in Scoring, 18th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 14th in SG: Total. Not much not to like there.
Matt Every ($6,300)
Rory kinda blew our bank account this week, so we're left scrounging with a guy who was last seen limping to an 85 in the second round of the Honda. But there's a little more to the story. Every won this event in 2014, and he defended successfully in 2015, going 68-66-69-66. Every's life on Tour has been a struggle, both personally and professionally, but a two-time champ is a two-time champ.