Defending champ Rory McIlroy arrives on a tear
The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is set for March 7-10 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. 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 2019 lineup looks like:
Rory McIlroy ($11,400)
You know you're a superstar when you play spectacularly well but have to fight the perception that you're underachieving. McIlroy has four straight top-5 finishes, including a solo second at the WGC-Mexico a couple weeks ago, but his lack of wins — only one since the 2016 Tour Championship — has led to some grumbling about his closing ability. Of course, that sole win was a tour de force at the 2018 Arnold Palmer, where he dusted the field with a virtuoso putting performance. This year, he ranks first on Tour in SG: Tee-to-Green, so a slightly cooler putter won't hinder him at Bay Hill.
Lucas Glover ($8,200)
This week's lineup has a crafty veteran theme epitomized by Glover, who's on the cusp of a career year at age 39. He has seven top-17 finishes in eight starts this season, including a T7 at Pebble Beach and a T4 at the Honda. His stat profile includes these gems: 3rd in GIR; 5th in Scoring Average; 9th in SG: Total; and 13th in SG: Tee-to-Green. Finished T7 at the API in 2017.
Ian Poulter ($8,000)
Another under-the-radar vet who's out there absolutely balling. Poulter's last four finishes look like this: T6, T3, T6, T3. Of course, three of those came on the Euro Tour, so U.S. fans get a pass for their lack of awareness, but they'll need to pay attention this week. Poulter is eight-for-eight in cuts at the API since 2011, with five top-25 finishes in that span, including a solo third in 2012.
Michael Thompson ($7,600)
At 33, Thompson is transitioning from well-kept secret to emerging star. He's riding a wave of five straight top-16 finishes, rising 194 spots in the World Golf Ranking during that span. He's one of the Tour's better putters, and he has elevated the rest of his game to match (18th in SG: Total).
Matt Every ($7,400)
If you're going to take a flyer on a guy who's sitting outside the top 400 in the Official World Golf Ranking, why not take it on a two-time API champion? Every won this event in back-to-back seasons (2014-15) for the only two PGA Tour wins of his career. While 2018 was a mother lode of missed cuts and miserable play, Every has righted the ship a bit this season, with six straight finishes in the money — only one of them outside the top 20.
Nate Lashley ($6,900)
You might never have heard of this guy, but he's worth rooting for considering how far he's come. His parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash while he was in college, and he didn't earn his Tour privileges until he was 34. This season, he's six-for-seven in cuts, with four top 20s, and he sits at 29th in SG: Total and 20th in SG: Putting.