Golf Rankings for Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
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1. Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1

Woods started his season off with a win at Torrey Pines and is coming off another victory at Doral. Tiger returns to action at Bay Hill where he owns seven wins and eight top-10s in 15 career starts. Woods had to miss this event in 2010, but won here recently in 2008, 2009 and 2012. A victory this week would return Tiger back to No. 1 in the world after a 29-month absence. In addition to updating his status, the next Facebook photo Woods uploads could be one with trophy in hand.

2. Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11

After putting together a career-best T3 at Bay Hill in 2011, Rose supplied a solid T15 last year. In his last two starts, Rose finished T4 in the Honda Classic and a T8 at Doral. He might be a middle-tier player in some formats, but Rose is a top selection this week.

3. Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #14

After missing two consecutive cuts at Bay Hill, McDowell turned it around last year with a runner-up performance. He started this year off with a missed cut at Riviera, but then made a nice run in match play. In his last two stroke play events, McDowell finished T9 in the Honda and T3 at Doral.

4. Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7

After skipping Bay Hill twice, Garcia returned in 2011 with a solo eighth performance. Last year, however, he only managed a T33 finish. Sergio has been on a roll this month with a T3 at Doral and a T7 last week at Copperhead. Start him with confidence.

5. Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #21

Timing couldn't be better for Furyk than right now. He's coming off a season-high T7 at Copperhead and has finished 11th or better in three straight Bay Hill events.

6. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20

Sore sibs put a halt to the tear Snedeker was on. In five starts, he won at Pebble Beach, finished second twice and added a solo third. Bay Hill isn't the best venue for Snedeker, however. He missed the cut in 2011 and finished T63 last year.

7. Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4

In four stroke play events, Watson owns three finishes inside the top 20 this season. He finished a career-best T4 at Bay Hill last year after missing three cuts from 2007-10.

8. Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22

Poulter has only made one start in a stroke play event since January, a T28 at Doral. That doesn't mean you should overlook him this week. Poulter is worth utilizing at Bay Hill with a solo third last year and a T12 in 2011.

9. Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18

Bradley missed the cut in his first trip to Bay Hill in 2011 and skipped this event last year. Over his last two starts of 2013, Bradley finished T4 in the Honda and solo seventh at Doral. He currently sits 12th in scoring average and 18th in All-Around Ranking.

10. Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16

After three poor runs at Bay Hill, Dufner finished T15 last year. He's been solid this month as well, finishing T12 at Doral and T21 at Copperhead.

11. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

Since 2007, Mickelson has been something of a disappointment at Bay Hill. He's registered three finishes inside the top 25, but has finished no better than 21st. Lefty hasn't missed a cut in six starts this year, but has been hot and cold. He owns two podium finishes, but placed outside of the top 20 in the other four.

12. Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27

Simpson has played well this season with one top-10 and five top-20s in six stroke play starts. It's been a while since he looked at good at Bay Hill, though. After a T11 in 2009, Simpson missed two cuts prior to a T36 last year.

 


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