Power Rankings: 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational


The PGA Tour concludes the Florida swing with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 18th event of the wraparound season. A field of 132 will tackle Bay Hill Club & Lodge this week, where the winner will receive a three-year Tour exemption.

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Matt Every won this event a year ago by one shot over Keegan Bradley. Here are 10 players to watch in Orlando:

1. Henrik Stenson: The Swede has finished fourth in back-to-back weeks, first at Doral and again at Innisbrook. He has also cracked the top 15 each of the last three years at Bay Hill, highlighted by a T-5 finish last year, and could become the latest high-profile player to enter the winner's circle.

2. Bubba Watson: Watson had an early exit from Bay Hill last year, but he has been remarkably consistent this season: four top-10 finishes in five starts, including a WGC victory, and no finish worse than T-14. Prior to last year's withdrawal, Watson had put together three straight top-25 results at Bay Hill, including T-4 in 2012.

3. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy makes his API debut in what is expected to be his final pre-Masters start. While his club throw grabbed headlines at Doral, he still cobbled together a T-9 finish to rebuild some momentum after his surprising missed cut at PGA National. Another top-10 finish this week would surprise no one.

4. Adam Scott: Scott had one hand on the trophy here a year ago, turning an opening-round 62 into a seven-shot lead at the halfway point. He faltered badly on Sunday en route to a third-place finish, but has a chance for redemption this week. While his streak of made cuts ended at Innisbrook, he was T-4 at Doral just two weeks ago.

5. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama has had a top-five finish in alternating starts this year, which means he's due to contend this week in Orlando. The Japanese phenom is third on Tour in total strokes gained and second in total driving, and his tee-to-green consistency should provide plenty of birdie opportunities at Bay Hill.

6. Jason Day: The Aussie already has a win under his belt this year, and his T-31 finish at Doral was his first result outside the top 20 all season. Day is making just his second start in Orlando since 2011, but he leads the Tour in birdie average and ranks second in GIR percentage.

7. J.B. Holmes: Holmes let a five-shot lead slip away at Doral, but he remains on a tear: T-2, T-10, T-22 and second in his last four starts dating back to a playoff loss at Torrey Pines. Holmes finished T-10 last year at Bay Hill and three of his last four starts in Orlando have gone for top-30 finishes.

8. Kevin Na: Na has quietly thrived at Bay Hill, with four top-15 finishes in his last five starts dating back to 2009. He is once again in the midst of another successful Florida swing, with a T-9 finish at Doral followed by a T-10 result in Tampa where he closed with a 66.

9. Brooks Koepka: A winner earlier this year in Phoenix, Koepka got back on track with a T-17 finish at Doral and now heads to a course where he finished T-26 last year in his debut, highlighted by a Sunday 69. Koepka is currently fourth on Tour in scoring average and will look to use this week as a springboard into his first Masters appearance next month.

10. Keegan Bradley: Bradley has yet to emerge from the middle of the pack this month, but that usually changes at this event, where he was T-3 in 2013 and second a year ago. Each of his last seven rounds at Bay Hill have gone for par or better, including 66s in the third round each of the last two years.