Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.
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Henrik shot an opening round -8 under par 64 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot, requiring just 20 putts on the day, with nine birdies, last week he made just one birdie for a missed cut saying his putter would not work;
“It’s better to save them all for one go, I think. There’s no point wasting a few last week when I was heading home.”
“I mean we know it’s a funny game, my putter was not working at all last week, I actually hit the ball quite all right throughout the two rounds that I played, but I just couldn’t make a birdie, really.”
“I had to go and do a bit of work on my putting and got that going for sure.”
“It felt good with a bit of a work on my setup and posture and I hit some good putts in practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and, yeah, today was beautiful out there on the greens, really.”
Sharing second place at -7 under par following first rounds of 65 were Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch, both from the USA.
At -5 under were Jimmy Walker, tournament host Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.
Rickie, as Host, was pleased to play well;
“I was hoping to back up the host duties with playing well.”
“A little extra pressure, but I feel like that’s where a lot of the guys out here, the best players in the world, I feel like that’s when I kind of rise to the occasion, so it was nice to rise to that, put up a good solid round today, get off to a good start.”
In the big group at -4 under is Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose a shot further back in the group at -3 under.