Power Rankings: 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational


The 2017 fantasy golf season stays in Florida this week, as the PGA Tour heads to Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A field of 120 players will tackle Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the first time since Palmer's death in September.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jason Day won this event last year by one shot over Kevin Chappell. Here are 10 players to watch in Orlando:

1. Henrik Stenson: He's done everything but win this event in recent years. Stenson is an Orlando resident who has finished T-8 or better each of the last four years, including a runner-up in 2015. He enters off a solid T-7 showing in Tampa that included an opening-round 64 and is almost certain to factor this weekend.

2. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy exceeded expectations with his return from injury in Mexico, finishing T-7 after leading at the halfway point. Now he returns to a course where he tied for 11th just two weeks ago, and if the Ulsterman can card fewer double bogeys than last year he should once again find his way onto the first page of the leaderboard.

3. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama has cooled since his torrid stretch to end the year, but he did win in Phoenix just a few weeks back and his Bay Hill track record includes a T-6 finish last year. As is often the case, his result will be largely dependent on his work on the greens, but his ball-striking stats should be among the field leaders.

4. Justin Rose: There hasn't been much discussion about Rose in recent weeks, but he is quietly piling up some very solid results: a runner-up at Sony to go along with T-4 finishes at Torrey Pines and RIviera. The Englishman has three top-10 finishes in Orlando since 2011 including a second-place showing in 2013.

5. Jason Day: The defending champ returns to make his first start since withdrawing from the WGC-Mexico Championship because of an ear infection. Day hadn't cracked the top 10 at Bay Hill before his win here last year, but the form that took him to world No. 1 for much of last year still lurks just below a thin layer of rust.

6. Rickie Fowler: Fowler went toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods at this event in 2013 before ultimately finishing third. Now he is back at Bay Hill to honor the passing of a legend, and his form includes a win at the Honda Classic the last time he teed it up in Florida. It could be an emotionally-charged effort this week.

7. Francesco Molinari: The Italian hasn't won before on the PGA Tour, but he's been a regular contender at Bay Hill. Molinari tied for ninth last year and was T-5 here in 2015, with four straight finishes of T-34 or better dating back to 2014. He tied for 14th at PGA National and was T-20 in Mexico in his most recent start.

8. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has stockpiled the close calls at this event, with four top-20 finishes at Bay Hill since 2008. That includes a T-8 finish in 2014, and Snedeker boasts top-10 finishes in three of his last four worldwide starts highlighted by a T-7 in Mexico.

9. Charles Howell III: Howell is an Orlando resident who is making his annual push to crack the OWGR top 50 in time to make the Masters. His Bay Hill record is solid: eight straight made cuts dating back to 2009 with four top-25 finishes across that stretch.

10. Tyrrell Hatton: The Englishman is making his first appearance at Bay Hill, but he's been on a worldwide tear of late. Hatton has finished T-13 or better in each of his last four worldwide starts, a run that includes a T-4 finish at the Honda Classic when he played in the final pairing on Sunday.