It's a good job that Tiger Woods is coming back into
professional golf, because it's when you have a Tiger Woods-less Bay Hill that
you start to realise what the game has been missing.
Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Arnie's Orlando club six times, having lifted the
trophy four years running from 2000-2003 and then again the last couple of
It's a shame - and something of a surprise - that he wasn't
ready in time to play this week, but in his absence Ernie Els must be a warm
Yet Els wasn't the top name on our team list this week.
That honour goes to Justin Rose, who would have been in the
hunt 12 months ago were it not for a bad opening round, and the Englishman is
our C-list pick after showing some great recent form (third at the Honda
Classic, T13 last week). Jason Gore, a top-10 finisher last year, is on the
In the A-list we dithered over Els and Phil Mickelson - both
former winners of the title - but in the end went with the big South African. Els
has three top 10s in five US Tour starts this season and comes here on the back
of one of his best-ever victories in Miami two weeks ago to keep Mickelson on
KJ Choi is in awesome form at the moment, and having
finished runner-up in his last two events (one in Malaysia, one in the USA) is
a great shout to go one better.
We were tempted by in-form Camilo Villegas alongside him,
but the Colombian star has a poor record at Bay Hill. Instead, Nick Watney - a
top five performer here last year - goes into the side in the B-list, while
Sean O'Hair (last year's runner-up) is on the bench alongside our star pick of last
week, Retief Goosen.
The current Road to Ireland group leaders are:
Group 1: Sidgolfer - 1,877 points
Group 2: The Mucker! - 1,859
Group 3: tanstumar - 1,901
Group 4: jafoster - 1,949
Group 5: FC GYTO Chubsters - 1,849
Group 6: Scotties crew - 1,936
the player who tops the Road to Ireland standings for each group at the
end of the season will be put in a draw to win our great prize which
- 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary for 2 people
- 2 rounds of golf at Dundrum House Golf Resort for 2 people
- Return flights to Cork from a selection of UK airports
you missed the deadline you can still join, and remember all group
leaders at the end of the year will be eligible for the overall prize.
Just CLICK HERE and enter the Group 6 id: 11786 and password: bunkermentality.
The deadline to select or edit your active round 1 players for this tournament is 10:00 GMT on Thursday.
There are more research tools here to help you pick the right squad, while this week's experts selections are in the table below.
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