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Brandon Matthews was frustrated when a fan screamed in the middle of his 8-foot putt in a playoff.
Matt Fitzpatrick manages to avoid bogeys on a Bay Hill course so firm he could barely find any pitch marks on the greens. It led to a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tommy Fleetwood uses two new clubs to make two eagles on his way to a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Keegan Bradley going into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bradley says he feels comfortable at Bay Hill, and it shows. He shot 68. They were four shots clear of anyone else.
Rafa Cabrera Bello has a Bay Hill debut to remember with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead while playing with Arnold Palmer’s grandson. The entertainment, as usual, came from Phil Mickelson. Lefty played a right-handed shot that led to double bogey and ends round by nearly holing out from 18th fairway
Rory McIlroy has few complaints about the state of his game, only the results. That doesn’t bother him, either. Behind him are 12 months since his last victory at Bay Hill. Ahead of him is the Masters and another shot at the career Grand Slam. He tries to defend his title this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational against a typically strong field that no longer includes Tiger Woods as he copes with a neck strain.
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain. Woods says it has nothing to do with his lower back and he is not concerned about long-term effects. He says he hopes to be ready for The Players Championship next week
The connection Rory McIlroy had with Arnold Palmer was strong even before he delivered a Sunday charge that would have made the King proud.
Henrik Stenson gets his third chance in four years to finally win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the final hour Saturday reminded him it won’t be easy.
Henrik Stenson gave himself another chance to win at Bay Hill, and he made it a little bit tougher on Tiger Woods.
Henrik Stenson had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. One week after Stenson returned from his winter break and spent two days with Tiger Woods and his raucous crowds, he made birdie on half of the holes at Bay Hill for an 8-under 64, his lowest round ever on the course the King built.
The future of Tiger Woods is filled with optimism because of the past. The next stop on his remarkable road to recovery from four years’ worth of back trouble is the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He has won the tournament a record eight times on a course that feels comfortable to him. He also has a history of winning at Bay Hill during various comebacks.
Marc Leishman holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead Sunday, and he stayed there with two tough pars at the end to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earn a trip to the Masters.
Jason Day turned his fortunes quickly with a birdie and a clutch par save from the bunker on the final two holes to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday in Orlando, Florida.
Golfer Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pains. Woods said on his website Tuesday he called Palmer to say he won’t be able to play. Woods is the defending champion at Bay Hill and an eight-time winner. The Masters, which is April 10-13, is the only major Woods has never missed. “It’s too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to work closely with my doctors,” Woods said. Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic in the final round three weeks ago. He played the following week at Doral and said he felt back spasms during the final round on his way to a 78, the highest score he has shot in a final round. – AP
ORLANDO, Fla. – The moment was vintage Tiger Woods, and so was his reaction. Seconds after Rickie Fowler made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to pull within two shots of the lead, Woods posed over a 25-foot birdie putt until he swept the putter upward in his left hand and marched toward the cup as it dropped for a birdie.
Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous – winning. Two weeks after another injury scare, Woods looked dominant as ever in that red shirt on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., for the record seventh time.