Arnold Palmer Invitational Yahoo! Featuring Ned Brown

03-15-17

The pink shirt.

The multi-colored umbrella.

The drink named after the man himself.

Happy and sad this week at Bay Hill but we’ll play in “The King’s” honor!

 

@MikeGlasscott

 

Last Week: 98

Winter Points: 1,610

Winter Rank: 2,517

Season Points: 1,610

 

Last Week:

 

Haas and Woodland combined for 18 points in Group A and I whiffed on the low rounds on the weekend. Hey, I didn’t burn a Reed start on another throwaway week for him! #Optimism.

Group B didn’t provide any solace either especially the DEUCE I dropped with Justin Thomas. Good to see I had Hadwin on the subs bench here as well!

I’d point out I didn’t get anything right in Group C either but you’re smart enough to know that 98 points in this game is a good score after nine holes on Friday…

 

This Week:

 

Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.

Nothing else matters.

For the first time since Pebble Beach we’ll have birdies flying in from all directions so make sure you have enough ammo.

This par 72 didn’t even check in the harder half of courses used last season so I’d expect low ones across the board again.

Courses that give up par-breakers usually reward those who find the most chances to hole putts. I’m looking for power and GIR to take advantage of the four par fives. #TwoPuttPars.

 

Group A

Starts remaining in parentheses

 

Rory McIlroy (10) — The only thought that goes into this is whether or not you can get better value down the road. I’ll take him on the ramp up.

 

Rickie Fowler (8) — The whole bag is firing and he has no problem in Florida or on TifEagle as evidenced by his win at the Honda.

 

SUPER SUBS

Jason Day: You can’t pick three! I’ll have no problem burning through his starts so I’m looking to make up ground on the field if he doesn’t fire this week.

I’m not sure anyone else from the group bumps either of those three but if you need a flourish to finish, Oosthuizen and McDowell could provide that counter-punch.

 

 

Group B

 

Justin Rose (7) — The former Orlando man has had plenty of rounds here and has hit the top 10 in two of his last three trips.

Francesco Molinari (9) — The reason he’s not finished worse than T-20 in eight starts where he’s made the cut is he just punishes fairways and greens.

Paul Casey (9) — I’m going to be here when he breaks back into the top 10 and he’s been knocking recently.

Kevin Na (10) — The streak is eight in a row and 10 of 12 in the red at Bay Hill.

 

SUPER SUBS

The next four should include Hideki Matsuyama (5 starts left), Brandt Snedeker, Adam Hadwin and Jason Kokrak makes a tasty outsdier.

 

Group C

 

Henrik Stenson (8) — If you think he was a lock last week he plays even better in his backyard at Bay Hill. His trusty 3-Wood is firing and he’s ran out four events in a row here in the top 10.

Zach Johnson (9) — He’s the great insurance policy if the top 10 machine above doesn’t fire this week.

 

SUPER SUBS

I’ve often referred to Group C as the Rummage Sale of fantasy golf as there is something in here for any theory or style.

Tyrell Hatton doesn’t seem to mind what time zone he’s playing in and it’s shown in this format.

Morgan Hoffmann has given it a sniff here before but you’ll have to pick the round he lights it up.

Wesley Bryan has three top 10’s in a row but look where he scores in this game. #YahooIsAScoringGameOnly.

 

 

“Ned says…”

 

Ned Brown returns to drop his knowledge in Yahoo! as he did here last year. Ned is a legend in the gaming world and has cleaned up in Yahoo while most of you were in diapers! He’ll share his thoughts and picks here when he wants!

 

@ESoxGolf

 

Last Week: 106

Winter Points: 1,683

Winter Rank: 362

Season Points: 1,683

 

“Ned says…

 

Last week was a disaster, but it was for everyone, which was an easy call going from another West Coast tournament back to Florida with a weak field.”

 

Group A

 

Rory McIlroy (10) — I thought McIlroy would be a bit rusty going into Mexico but he looked great. He was leading at the end of the second round and I was thinking he was going  to grab command of the tournament and that was going to be it. It might have happened but he missed two short putts on his final two holes and that stopped his momentum. It still was an impressive return off injury and I’m looking forward to watching him this week.

Rickie Fowler (9) — Another hot golfer, Fowler built on his T-4 at the WMPO with an impressive championship at The Honda Classic. His T-16 finish at the WGC Mexico Championship wasn’t that bad. His only top 10 at Bay Hill was a T-3 in ’13 so he’s shown he can play well here.

 

SUPER SUBS

Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Graeme McDowell

 

 

Group B

 

Hideki Matsuyama (7) — He was super hot coming into the New Year and that form showed up in Phoenix with a championship at the WMPO. He has been quiet in his last two starts, but he returns to a course where he finished T-21 in ’15 and T-6 last year.

Justin Rose (8) — He really played well on the West Coast Swing with a second place at the Sony, a T-4 at the FIO and a T-4 at the Genesis. Needless to say I was very surprised with his T-38 in Mexico. His recent record at Bay Hill very good with three top 10’s (T-3 in ’11, second in ’13 and T-9 last year) in his last five starts.

Brandt Snedeker (8) — He’s helped Group B with a T-9 at the FIO, a fourth place at the AT&T Pebble Beach and a T-7 at the WGC Mexico. His recent record at the API is solid with a T-8 in ’14, a T-13 in ’15 and a T-36 last year.

Francesco Molinari (8) — Outside of a missed cut at the Genesis Open Molinari has been a top 20 machine in his other four starts. His recent record at Bay Hill is also great with a T-5 in ’14, T-17 in ’15 and a T-9 last year.

 

SUPER SUBS

Paul Casey, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Chappell, Adam Hadwin

 

 

Group C

 

Henrik Stenson (9) — He finished in a tie for seventh place last week at the Valspar and I thought it really set him up for a good week at the API. His recent record at Bay Hill is extremely nice with T-8 in ’13, T-5 in ’14, a second place in ’15 and a T-3 last year. He deserves consideration in one-and-done this week.

Tyrrell Hatton (9) — Group C is so loaded with choices that it’s amazing but the truth be told I’ll probably ride Stenson all week. Two of the hottest golfers on the TOUR are Tyrrell Hatton and Wesley Bryan. I used Hatton in Mexico and he continued to play despite a nasty intestinal bug that hit quite a few players. Hatton’s Tweets at the time were amusing to read which showed a fun sense of humor.

 

SUPER SUBS

Wesley Bryan, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Pieters

 

 

FORE!

Shoot any questions and follow along at @MikeGlasscott and mikeglasscott.com to stay in tune.

 

 

 

 

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