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Tiger Woods Favored to Win Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Mike Moore - 5 years ago in Entertainment

Tiger Woods Favored to Win Arnold Palmer Invitational

It’s felt like 1997 on the PGA Tour recently. Last week, Phil Mickelson wowed the crowd in Mexico City, picking up a win for the first time in years. Those attending this weekend’s Valspar Championship witnessed Tiger Woods stalking through the back nine on Sunday with a chance to win a tournament himself.

Interest in golf absolutely boomed when these two were the young guns twenty years ago, and their late career resurgences have peaked a lot of interest once again. The youth brigade left the door open for the old timers and they’ve taken advantage. While each could be had for bargains early this season, both Tiger and Phil are consistent top dollar players in both FanDuel and DraftKings.

Turning Back the Clock at Copperhead

Tiger’s play this weekend wasn’t hugely surprising, as he’s played decently since his health returned. But to put the fantasy scores these last few weeks was beyond anyone’s predictions. His 89.5 points in the four day FauDuel contest made him well worth the $9700.

Paul Casey barely got a headline despite his well-fought victory on Sunday. He has the same “injury-riddled 40-something with way too long of a victory drought” story as Tiger and Phil. But his unlikely win wasn’t determined until over an hour after signing the 65 on his scorecard. And his big weekend surely swung a few fates in daily fantasy contests, as he wasn’t on too many radars leading up to Thursday.

Defending champ Adam Hadwin and ever steady Matt Kuchar never really played a factor all weekend, posting a mediocre DFS score. Some of the popular sleeper picks such as Kevin Streelman and Tony Finau missed the cut, while Kevin Na withdrew just before the tournament kicked off. The out of the normal leaderboard did create some interesting money making opportunities for the creative daily fantasy player, or those nostalgic for the players of twenty years ago.

Woods Looks for Ninth Victory at Bay Hill

Tiger will once again draw all the attention as the favorite heading into Thursday, but there are several intriguing options for building a quality lineup this week. The Arnold Palmer Invitational and its familiar Bay Hill course will bring in a swarm of golf’s elite, as Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Hideki Matsuyama tee it up as early popular lineup picks as well.

Remarkably, recent winner Bubba Watson and defending champ Mark Leishman each can be had for a steal at under $9000 on DraftKings. Other great affordable options include Adam Scott, Brian Harman, and Henrik Stenson. For sleeper values, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo, Ollie Schniederjans, and Patton Kizzire can help round out a lineup with real potential.

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