Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Mulligan: Fantasy Golf Picks for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill

The Goose is back! Retief Goosen found his game last week and it is good timing with the Masters right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get excited about seeing the best of the best fight it out on Augusta for the coveted Green Jacket. Goosen won last week in Tampa and he looked very sharp. This makes him a viable fantasy golf pick this week as well, as the Tour heads to Bay Hill in sunny Orlando, Florida for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This is a par 70 course that plays 7240 yards so the big hitters should have a good week.

I have some good fantasy golf picks for you this week. I have been waiting for this tournament to pick a guy I really like in Matt Goggin. Matt was my upset special in the Accenture Match Play Championship where he upset Kenny Perry (a 14 seed over a 3). I recommend starting him in fantasy golf this week for the same reason I picked him over Perry. He absolutely kills the ball and this long course fits his game. Don’t let his past performances here at Bay Hill fool you. Despite finishing 64th and being cut in his previous two trips to Bay Hill, Goggin should play well this week. He will stripe the ball out into the fairways and if his putter is on, he will contend for the cup.

My weekly fantasy golf sleeper pick is Chad Campbell. This guy has always been right on the cusp of breaking through and becoming a top-tier player. He has never quite gotten over the hump of mediocrity. He flirts with success, and right when we think he is going to break through, he falls off. Consistency has always been a problem for Campbell with one exception: Bay Hill. The past five years Campbell has finished in the top 25 all 5 times including a win in 2004.

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