Tiger Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour.

Eight of those victories have come at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

That Bay Hill Club & Lodge happens to be the site of this week’s PGA Tour event.

Woods arrives in great form following a T2 at the Valspar Championship last week.

This 120-man invitational field provides a three-year exemption on Tour for the winner and also ensures entry to The Players Championship.

Bay Hill is a 7,419 yard, par-72 course with water and bunkers in play. The winning score can be as low as -19 but you will need to avoid the bogeys.

Woods’ appearance, and the need to peak for The Masters in a few weeks, has brought a great field to the final tournament of the Florida Swing.

Tiger brings extra interest and it means there will be plenty of people keen to play PGA DFS this week.

Australian Marc Leishman is the defending champion after he edged Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner last year.

Last week: I touched on nine players and had the winner (Paul Casey) and two players inside the top 15.

Three missed the cut and Kevin Na withdrew before teeing off.

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Strategy: This is a lengthy track and being strong with your long irons is valuable.

Avoiding three-putts on these Bermuda greens will also help. Good putters tend to pop up here.

You can make a case to fade some of the most expensive players and look for balanced line-ups.

The course had a minor re-design in 2015 but I will lean on course history this week.

$8K and $9K Range


Rickie Fowler ($8,200) – Fowler is one of the new generation of PGA Tour players that struck a relationship with Arnold Palmer before he died.

This tournament means a lot to Fowler and he is one of the co-hosts this week, a big honour.

Fowler’s putting has deserted him lately but historically he is good with the flat stick and his price makes him more attractive than Jason Day ($9,400).

Tiger Woods ($8,000) – Eight victories at this event is arguably the only stat you need to know.

Woods’ putting has always been one of his strengths and he putted well at the Valspar last week.

His price makes him almost unmissable and as Tiger Mania returns to the PGA Tour, you may as well climb aboard.

His driver is still iffy but there’s many holes on this course where he won’t need to hit it.

$7K Range


Tyrrell Hatton ($7,200) – The fiery Englishman has turned a few people off due to his passionate displays on the course.

But it’s hard to deny his talent and his putting is always reliable.

Hatton, 26, also finished fourth at this event last year. He was one stroke outside the playoff at the recent WGC tournament in Mexico.

$6K Range


Jamie Lovemark ($6,400) – Lovemark’s price makes him attractive.

He is simmering as he searches for his first PGA Tour victory but he ranks inside the top 50 on Tour this season for strokes gained: approach, and putting.

The 30-year-old has made four cuts on the bounce and has two top-25 finishes in his past two appearances at this tournament.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat ($6,300) – In the DFS community, opinion is divided on the big Thai.

Aphibarnrat has flown around the globe in recent weeks playing in all sorts of tournaments and arrives in Florida ahead of The Masters.

He brings with him two sixth-place finishes at this event in 2015 and 2016.

His approach game was off at the WGC event two weeks ago in Mexico but his putting was sharp.

Zach Johnson ($6,200) – Johnson isn’t a sexy name but he’s a reliable type.

He’s 17th on Tour this season for strokes gained: approach and is fourth on Tour for proximity to the hole.

When it comes to course horses, Johnson is right up there. The 42-year-old has made 11 of his past 12 cuts here, including three top-10 finishes.

$5K Range


Kevin Chappell ($5,800) – Chappell will likely be chalky at this price.

Providing you can distinguish yourself in other areas of your line-up, Chappell looms as a reliable player.

He’s 12th on Tour in strokes gained: tee to green this season.

His course history is spotty at a lot of events but he’s been more consistent in recent seasons.

Francesco Molinari ($5,800) – Straight course history play here.

Victory droughts have been broken by Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey lately, maybe Molinari can also register his first tournament win since 2016.

Molinari is accurate and loves Bay Hill. He has made five straight cuts here and his past four finishes have all been inside the top 17.

Keegan Bradley ($5,800) – In the past 24 rounds, Bradley leads this field in strokes gained: tee to green. If that’s not enough, he also leads the pack across the same span for strokes gained: approach.

The problem with Bradley is putting. He ranks 204th on Tour for strokes gained: putting this season.

His tee to green prowess should put him through the cut and if he can just have an average week with the flat stick, he might be OK.

Piece of Chalk: He’s only $8,000 and might be about to write another chapter in his amazing career. Take Tiger Woods and roster him confidently.

Scrub-A-Dub: At only $5,800, Francesco Molinari is an Italian course horse that should be played.

Good luck.