Expert Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational
March 18, 2014
- Hunter Mahan owns four top-10 finishes in six starts this season. (Sullivan/Getty Images)
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PGATOUR.COM Expert Fantasy selections Projected champion Comments SEAN MARTIN,
Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose
Scott He's missed his cut in his past two appearances at Bay Hill, but those were in 2009 and 2006. Has nine consecutive top-25s worldwide. JOHN SWANTEK,
Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson
Rose T8 at Innisbrook last week and 2nd at Bay Hill last year. The reigning U.S. Open champ is close.
Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose Watson Tiger Woods’ withdrawal opens the door for G-Mac, who I really didn’t want to omit in the first place. RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Graeme McDowell, Will MacKenzie, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott McDowell This tournament is G-Mac's to lose, especially if winning score is 10 under-ish.
Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Justin Rose Mahan Mahan limits his mistakes and plays great on tough courses. He's coming up on two years without a win and is going to break through soon. BRYAN MULLEN,
Keegan Bradley, Harris English, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter
Finished T3 here last year and there have been positives signs this season, including a T12 at The Honda Classic. ANNE DETLEFSEN,
Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose Scott A hearty group of ball-strikers to conquer Bay Hill. MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell
Rose The reigning U.S. Open champ has a solid track record at Bay Hill and comes off his best finish in 2014. CHRIS DUNHAM,
Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Sang-moon Bae
Immelman I like to pick underdogs and Immelman, who still has one of the best swings on TOUR, qualifies. He’ll put it together and make a great run. BILL COONEY,
Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell
Mahan Quietly having an impressive season, with four top 10s in six starts. The key? Ranks fourth in strokes gained-putting. HELEN ROSS,
Chief of Correspondents
Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson
Watson Hard to argue against him with two runners-up and a win in his last three starts. Plus, he tied for fourth at Bay Hill two years. ago. BRIAN WACKER,
Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Charles Howell III, Graeme McDowell
Rose Have to believe he's in top form now, especially after his T8 at Copperhead.
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Matt Every, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Harris English
Every Having a solid season and who wouldn't want to see a Florida native take home the hardware from the last stop on the Florida Swing?
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Of the 888 teams currently in the league, Number2 currently leads with 6,180 points. Here's where our experts rank after the Valspar Championship.
Rank Expert Team name Points 12 SEAN MARTIN, Events Editor @PGATOURSMartin 5,404 74 JOHN SWANTEK, Host, LIVE@ Swan Tech 4,607 130 ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Columnist @RobBoltonGolf 4,255 134 RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Ryan Smithson 4,242 148 D.J. PIEHOWSKI, Digital Producer @DJPie 4,178 169 BRYAN MULLEN, Site Producer Bryan Mullen 4,044 174 ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 4,031 231 MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor @pgatour_mikemc 3,686 266 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 3,434 273 BILL COONEY, Site Producer Bill Cooney 3,397 372 HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents Helen Ross
2,606 377 BRIAN WACKER, Staff writer
@pgatour_brianw 2,511 511 AMANDA BALIONIS, Host, Trending on TOUR Amanda Balionis 1,401