Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Power rankings: Arnold Palmer Invitational

The PGA Tour makes its final stop of the Florida Swing in Orlando this week with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Mr. Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge. 

Matt Every is the two-time defending champion of this event, winning each of the last two years by a shot. However, Adam Scott, who has won his last two PGA Tour starts, is the headliner, while Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are the challengers looking to snag a pre-Masters win.

Here are our top five players for the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

1.  Adam Scott -- Best player on the planet right now and winner of his last two starts. He shot 62 here in 2014 to give himself a 54-hole lead, but he came up short.

2. Henrik Stenson -- Stenson loves himself some Bay Hill. He's been in the top 15 here in four of the last five years. Pretty close to automatic.

3. Justin Rose -- Rose is close to Stenson-level automatic. He has three top-15s in the last three years and hasn't finished outside the top 17 in the last five.

4. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy has a Sunday problem, as in he can't figure out how to break 70 in his last two final rounds. However, he contended in both those thud finishes. T-11 here in last year's debut.

5. Ryan Moore -- Moore should have won the Valspar Championship, if only he could've made a mid-range putt. Has a good record here, including a T-4 in 2012.


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