2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational Sleeper Picks
Date - March 16th - 19th
Course - Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Par - 72, Yardage: 7,381
Course Preview - The tour makes it's way to Orlando this week to the Bay Hill Club and Lodge where this event as been held for the past 36 years. Needless to say there will be a lot of course history to look at for each sleeper pick. The field is a little smaller then usual at 120 because it is an "invitational" event. While course history will be very important this week, keep in mind the course was re-designed in 2009 so that will be my cut off point as far as looking at past performances here. The changes were made to put an emphasis on higher scoring so birdie percentage will be a key stat to focus on at Arnold Palmer Invitational this year as usual.
- 2016 - Jason Day
- 2015 - Matt Every
- 2014 - Matt Every
2017 Arnold Palmer Sleeper Picks
- Kevin Na - $7600
- Byeong-Hun An - $7000
- Graham DeLaet - $6800
- Anirban Lahiri - $6700
Out of all our sleepers Kevin Na is by far the horse for the course. He has some great finishes here at Bay Hill including a 6th place finish in 2015, a 14th place finish in 2014 and a 4th place finish in 2012. Needless to say his game fits this course pretty damn good. Now he is coming off a missed cut at the Valspar and his driving game has been way off recently, but if there is any course he can find his form again I'm banking on it being this week at the Arnold.
I'm not sure anyone in this price range has been more consistent then An, he comes into the Arnold Palmer having made 11 straight cuts. While An has not really threatened to win recently, I love sleeper picks that I can count on for 60+ points at Draftkings and this week Byeong-Hun fits that bill. I love the cheap upside here and he finished 36th last year so I'm confident he can compete on this course.
I'm riding the Canadian momentum with this DeLaet pick. Having watched his fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin take the win at the Valspar Championship, let's hope Graham finds some inspiration and keeps the flag waving for Canada. Besides all that, DeLaet has been on a nice tear recently with 4 straight top 25's. His GIR has been improving every week and I think that plays a big part this week at the Bay Hill Club.
Every time I see Lahiri entered in a North American event he always pops out at me, usually because he is playing so well overseas. This year is no different as he has a recent finish of 5th at the Indian Open and a 7th two tournaments back at the Maybank Championship. He has no course history at the Bay Hill Club which scares me a bit but with a great recent adjusted round score and a projected low ownership at Draftkings, he is my punt play of the week.
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