The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is set for March 4-7 at the 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 Arnold Palmer Invitational lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,500)
We know you're growing tired of seeing McIlroy in this space, but the former weekly threat and current master of the backdoor top 10 is a virtual no-brainer this week. In Tiger Woods' absence, Rory replaces the eight-time API champion as the ultimate Bay Hill thoroughbred, having gone T5-T6-1-T4 in his last four starts at Arnie's tournament. His driver is still one of the game's most dangerous weapons — he's second in SG: Off the Tee — and if gets a few more putts to fall, that pesky victory drought could end this week. Of course, we've said that before.
Tyrrell Hatton ($10,000)
The defending champion this week, Hatton was the fifth consecutive international winner of the Arnold Palmer, surviving brutal and blustery conditions to finish 4-under in a week when there were only four under-par totals. A missed cut at The Masters is the only blip on what has been a tremendous run of golf for Hatton — he has two wins and six total top 10s in his last 11 starts.
Marc Leishman ($8,200)
We return to our course-horse theme with Leishman, who has gone 2-T23-T7-1-T17 in his last five API starts. Leishman went through a brutal stretch after the COVID stoppage last year, but he seems to be rounding into form, with four top-25 finishes on the 2020-21 season, including a T4 at the Sony. He clearly loves this track, making him a value play this week.
Luke List ($7,200)
We've front-loaded our lineup with Rory and the defending champion, so we're left to bargain hunt. With that in mind, we've landed on List, who is one of a limited number of players with multiple top 10s at the API over the last five years (a T10 in 2019 and a T7 in 2018). List's ball striking has been pretty impeccable this season; he's 6th in SG: Off the Tee and 36th in SG: Tee to Green. Recent form is mixed, but he had a T10 at the Farmers.
Henrik Stenson ($7,000)
Stenson's 2016 British Open win proved to be more of a career capper than a springboard; his only win anywhere in the world since then came at the 2017 Wyndham. But he loves this course — he has five top-8 finishes at the Arnold Palmer since 2013, including a solo second in 2015. This is his first appearance stateside in 2021, so it's hard to know what to expect, but the talent is still there.
Matt Every ($6,100)
When you're looking for a cheap field-filler, you could do worse than a two-time champion and the most recent American winner of the event. Every has one of the more bizarre resumes in golf, with back-to-back Arnold Palmer Invitational wins in 2014-15 the only wins of his career. In fact, since a T2 at the 2019 Byron Nelson, the wheels have come off — he had an abysmal 2019, and he has yet to make a cut this season. Hey, he caught lightning in a bottle at Bay Hill twice; he could do it again, right?