The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is set for March 3-6 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 Arnold Palmer Invitational lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,100)
McIlroy has cleverly positioned himself as the conscience of golf during the recent Phil Mickelson/Saudi Golf League dustup. More importantly for our purposes, he's also re-established himself as a world-class player. In his last eight worldwide outings, Rors has a win and five top 10s, and over that span, his worst finish is 18th. Throw in the fact that he's a course horse at Bay Hill (he won the Palmer in 2018 and followed that up with finishes of T6, T5 and T10 the next three years), and he's as close to an odds-on favorite this week as you can get in this unpredictable game.
Marc Leishman ($9,100)
Leishman's having a sneaky-solid season — no missed cuts (his active cuts-made streak stands at 11) and a ranking of 13th in SG: Total. Last year's MC at the Palmer aside, Leish is a course horse at Bay Hill; he won the Palmer in 2017 and finished solo 2nd in 2020 and T7 in 2018. Throw all that data in a blender, and you come out with a nice contender smoothie.
Talor Gooch ($8,600)
Gooch is having a great year, and our advice is to strike now before his price catches up to his value. The winner at the RSM in November, Gooch ranks fourth in FedExCup points and arrives in Florida rested and ready after a week off. He ranks 17th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 9th in SG: Around-the-Green.
Corey Conners ($7,600)
He's missed three of his last four cuts, but that has simply served to drive Conners' price down into bargain territory. He had a solid year last year — he had eight top 10s and made it all the way to East Lake — and his solo 3rd at the windswept Palmer was a particular highlight. Nothing to complain about with his ball striking this year — he's 9th in SG: Off-the-Tee and 6th in Greens in Regulation.
Lee Westwood ($7,100)
Westwood looks like a bargain to us this week. (Of course, we said something similar about him last week, but we'll just pretend that didn't happen.) Last year's solo 2nd at the Palmer was part of a mini-resurgence for the elder statesman that also included a solo 2nd at the Players the following week. Bay Hill played major-tough last year, and if it does so again, we trust the wily veteran to do what he did a year ago — avoid trouble and use his experience to his advantage.
Rory Sabbatini ($6,200)
We'll go with Rory bookends this week. The Other Rory showed signs of life with an opening-round 65 at the Honda this past week before fading, and the week before, he shot 69-68-67 at the Phoenix before a final-round 73 left him T33. A little better play on Sunday, and he could be onto something.