Expert Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

text size
Increase Text Size
Decrease Text Size
March 19, 2013

Each week, our panel of experts will select four players to match their PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Golf lineups and designate one as their projected champion.

Now YOU can now sign up to compete with our experts. After creating your fantasy team, look for the group PGATOUR.COM EXPERTS under the "Create/Join Leagues" menu to compete with our experts week after week.

EXPERT PICKS
How it works: Each week, our experts from PGATOUR.COM will make four selections, matching their picks for the TOUR's fantasy game and attempt to accumulate the most FedExCup points throughout the season. To find out more about PGATOUR.COM's fantasy golf, click here.
ARNOLD PALMER: Make your picks | Watch LIVE@ | Field | Power Rankings | Wild Card | First Look | Sleeper picks
Expert Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Expert
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Rob
Bolton
Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
In fantasy golf, sometimes the best offense also qualifies as the best defense. Bay Hill ranks highly among sites where one of Woods’ 10 starts should be burned, if not at the top, so I’ll take the FedExCup points. And while he’s cancelling out other gamers thinking the same, I’ll let the other three battles it out in the trenches.
Mike
McAllister
Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell
Ian Poulter, Tiger Woods
Keegan
Bradley
Of Bradley's 16 most recent rounds on TOUR this year, 14 have been at par or better. He didn't have a good showing here in 2011 (78-77) but he's trending up right now.
Bill
Cooney
Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter
Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
In top form, Woods is the heavy favorite. He's putting well again and playing on a course he owns. An eighth victory would tie Sam Snead for the most at a single event. But don't count out one of the Euros, who have been known to spoil a party or two.
Chris
Dunham
Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter
Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
What can I say that someone else isn't? Tiger is easily the favorite here. Local resident Ian Poulter intrigues me. He was on a roll up until his last start at Trump Doral but has been strong at Bay Hill with back-to-back top-15 finishes.
Helen
Ross
Martin Laird, Graeme McDowell
Webb Simpson, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
How can you not pick Tiger Woods to win? Seven wins in 16 starts at Bay Hill -- including three victories in his last four appearances. This is as close to a sure bet as you can have.
Ryan
Smithson
Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover
Boo Weekley, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
We can only use a certain player 10 times a year, and it was a mistake to leave Tiger benched for his two wins. My excuse? Wanted to save him for majors, FedExCup Playoffs (Eight starts). Bay Hill gets one of the other two (Bridgestone is the other).
John
Schwarb
Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
It's a chalk week -- top seeds in my NCAA bracket (Go Hoosiers!) and you-know-who at Bay Hill. Well, maybe the bracket won't look so good by Sunday afternoon but I'm quite confident Woods will deliver.
Anne
Detlefsen
Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia
Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
I'm not sure how you could have anyone else in the top spot this week. He's already picked up wins at Torrey Pines and TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral, and his game is in prime shape to grab another one at Bay Hill.
John
Swantek
Harris English, Jim Furyk
Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
No reason to outthink myself (which is not difficult to do). Strong season + course dominance = successful title defense. When I've exhausted my 10 Tiger picks before the playoffs begin, I'll react then. But can't bypass Bay Hill.
Brian
Wacker
Ernie Els, Lucas Glover
Charles Howell III, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
It's pretty hard to pick anyone but a guy who's won here seven times before and comes into the week already with two wins this season. Woods, who won here last year, has been dominant at Bay Hill through the years and there's little reason not to think he'll continue to play well again at Arnie's place.
Amanda
Balionis
Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk
Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods
Tiger
Woods
Tiger has been in top form this season and has already made history by earning his eighth victory at Torrey Pines and his 17th WGC title. Now he has the opportunity to match Sam Snead by claiming his 8th win at one event. I don't see him backing down this week, especially if he remembers the putting tips Stricker gave him.
PGATOUR.COM Experts league

The experts have their own league in PGATOUR.COM's Fantasy Golf game. You can sign up to play against our experts. Just add your team to our public league, PGATOUR.COM EXPERTS. Click here to sign up

Of the 602 teams currently in the league, Victory currently leads with 2476 points. Here's where our experts rank after the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.

Rank
Expert
Team name
Points
25
ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Insider
@RobBoltonGolf
2076
42
MIKE McALLISTER, Managing Editor
Mike McAllister
1997
122
BILL COONEY, Site Producer @BillCooney4653 1689
229 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 1481
302
HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents
Helen Ross
1297
312
RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer
Ryan Smithson
1268
350 JOHN SCHWARB, Site Producer John Schwarb 1186
453
ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer
Anne Detlefsen
862
482
JOHN SWANTEK, Host, On the Tee
Swan Tech
748
562 BRIAN WACKER, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 351
Print This Story