Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational

The PGA Tour returns to Bay Hill this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This week’s Tour event in Orlando, Fla., will be played concurrently with the NCAA Tournament, so I decided to put a little basketball spin on the rankings this week.

Players are still ranked in order, but are grouped by seeds. I also added four “Cinderellas,” or players who might be getting overlooked this week.

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Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

NO. 1 SEEDS

Henrik Stenson: Couldn’t build off opening 64 at Valspar, but did tie for seventh. He loves Bay Hill, too – he tied for third last year after finishes of T-15, T-8, T-5 and second the previous four trips to API. Never missed a cut in eight Bay Hill starts.

Rory McIlroy: In first two API starts, the last two years, he was T-27 and T-11. Showed little rust in return from rib injury, tying for seventh in Mexico.

Hideki Matsuyama: T-6 and T-21 in two career API starts. T-25 last time out, in Mexico, after MC at Riviera.

Jason Day: Defending champ but in five Bay Hill starts prior, Day’s best finish was T-17. Needs something to kickstart his season.

Justin Rose (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

NO. 2 SEEDS

Justin Rose: T-9 last year was his fourth top 10 in 12 API starts. T-38 in Mexico but had top 4s in three of previous four worldwide starts before that.

Tyrrell Hatton: Has finished inside the top 25 in 10 straight worldwide starts now. He seven top 10s, including a win, during that span. Ride him until he disappoints.

Rickie Fowler: Four of five cuts made here, including T-3 in 2013. T-16, first and T-4 in last three Tour starts.

Zach Johnson: Just one top 10 in six Tour starts this season but Bay Hill has been great to him. He was fifth last year, his sixth top-11 finish in 13 API starts.

Brandt Snedeker (Getty Images)

NO. 3 SEEDS

Brandt Snedeker: Strong T-7 showing in Mexico and has a decent API record. Has made eight of 10 cuts at Bay Hill, including T-36 last year, but has just one top 10 (T-8, 2014).

Francesco Molinari: T-9, T-17, T-5 in last three API starts. Also has top 20s in eight of last nine worldwide starts.

Paul Casey: T-9 last year at Bay Hill and enters this year playing some of his best golf of the season – T-16, T-11 in last two Tour starts.

Martin Kaymer: Hasn’t played here since MC in 2008 but is in great form – five tops 25s in last six worldwide starts, including two T-4 finishes.

Charles Howell III (Getty Images)

NO. 4 SEEDS

Charles Howell III: Bay Hill resident has made eight straight API cuts. He has made 10 straight Tour cuts entering this week, too.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Missed cut as amateur here in 2014 but returned last year to tied for 27th. T-16 in Mexico.

Thomas Pieters: 76th in API debut, but he was T-5 two weeks ago in Mexico. Should be able to overpower Bay Hill.

Tommy Fleetwood: Making his API debut but there’s no denying the form – second, T-12 in last two worldwide starts.

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel (Getty Images)

NO. 5 SEEDS

Charl Schwartzel: Coming off a sixth-place showing at Valspar, though hasn’t played here since T-47 in 2011.

Louis Oosthuizen: Hasn’t played here much recently but was T-9 at 2015 API. Not in elite form, though, after T-48 in Mexico and T-21 at Honda.

Ryan Moore: Was T-4 here in 2012 but not anything better than T-60 since. Games is in good shape, though, as he’s gone T-18 and T-28 the last two weeks.

Adam Hadwin: Coming off a victory at Valspar, his eighth straight made cut on Tour, too. T-36 in API debut last year.

Wes Bryan (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

NO. 6 SEEDS

Wesley Bryan: Making API debut but he’s gone T-7, T-4 and T-4 in his last three Tour starts.

Tony Finau: T-43 last year at Bay Hill and coming off fifth-place finish at Valspar.

Alex Noren: T-55, MC in his last two starts, but he is the 11th-ranked player in the world and this could be a layout where he turns it around.

Branden Grace: Like Noren, hasn’t stood out this season on either Tour, but he is a top-20 player in the world with some experience at Bay Hill.

2016 - Martin Laird during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Martin Laird (Golfweek)

CINDERELLAS

Martin Laird: Past champion at Bay Hill (2011) has never missed a cut here in seven starts. MC at Valspar, but already has five finishes of T-13 or better this season.

Jason Kokrak: T-20 last year followed finishes of T-6 and fourth at Bay Hill. Three straights cuts made entering this week, too.

Sean O’Hair: if his neck is OK, O’Hair is a nice horse for this course. He was T-26 last year at Bay Hill, but has made nine of 11 cuts with three top 10s.

Graham DeLaet: T-22 at Valspar was worst finish in last four Tour starts. Also has a 1-th, T-17 and T-9 during that span.

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