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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Back in the King's Domain

Tiger may not be there, but the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is a strong one.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion at Bay Hill, and many analysts believe he'll be leading the strongest field the event has seen in quite some time. For example, every API winner since 2007 (except Tiger, who won four of those) is there. There is a lot of excitement, even without Tiger (who we all hope gets better soon).

But for me, this is Twofer Tuesday -- just delayed a day because of the Rule 10.2b(4) post -- and yet another chance for me to make picks that don't quite pan out...

Alright, I guess I'm not doing too bad. While I'm only 2 for 9 picking winners this year, I'm 7 for 9 picking Top10s and, overall, a solid 2/3 of my 18 picks so far this year have finished in the Top10. That's much better than I have done in the past, when I was making five picks for the majors and big tournaments.

Let's see what I can do this week.
  • My Top10 pick this week is Jason Day. The 2016 API champ has been steadily getting his game back in shape this season -- he's only played three PGA Tour events this year but has improved with each event, and he's posted Top5 finishes in his last two events. I'm not sure he's ready to win quite yet, but J-Day has a tendency to cruise along under the radar and suddenly pick up a win. (Did you even realize that he had two wins in 2018? Probably not.) He's trending and I wouldn't be surprised if he won this week.
  • And my pick to win is Rory McIlroy. He's played four events this year, finishing T4-T5-T4-2 in them. He is, as I said, the defending champ at this event. And while I'm sure Brooks Koepka is the favorite for most fans this week because of that great finish at Honda, I still can't help but feel that Rory is overdue for a win.
This is a tough week to pick. There are a large number of players who could easily break into the winner's circle this week, some for their second wins this season.

It's a great week to remember the King, and a great event to watch as well. GC's coverage begins at 2pm ET on Thursday while PGA TOUR LIVE will start streaming at 7:30am ET. If you want to see golf, you can watch it all day long if you so desire!

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