Arnold Palmer Invitational. Jason Day Delivers.

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Australian Jason Day delivers as he wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Jason Day poses with the trophy following the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final round -2 under par 70 to post a -17 under par winning total at Bay Hill.

Talking about his short game, hitting a bunker shot on 18 to within four feet, to win, Jason said;

“Under the circumstances to be able to hit the bunker shot on 18 goes to show how much I feel confident in my ability to hit that kind of a shot.”

“I think my short game is one of my strengths, I don’t know if I’m overrated, underrated or par with that.”

“But the only thing that I’m worried about is just winning as many times as I can and I know that if I have a good short game and I don’t have the greatest stuff from the tee to green, it’s going to save me like it did over the last two days.”

“Just be yourself and stay in your world’ and for some reason it just means so much more, you know, that you can do this and start your own legacy here.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a -3 under par 69 was a good effort, but he needed a birdie on the last, then under pressure pulled the tee shot and two putted for a bogey to post -16 under par;

“It’s obviously those things one of many why Jason Day has been the No. 1 player in the world, why I’m the 150th player in the world.”

“You just can’t bogey the last when you’re in contention, and hats off to Jason. He played well, real clutch down the stretch and I’ll learn from this and I’ll get better.”

Tied in third place were Troy Merritt, -1 under 71 today and Henrik Stenson, also -1 under 71, both should have done better than their total of -14 under par.

Troy fell to a bad tee shot on the last hole;

“Would have been nice to hit the tee shot on the face.”

“Hit it high off the toe. Didn’t get it down there as far as I had the first three rounds.”

“As a result we had a little down slope and 6-iron in. We’re trying to hit at the middle of the green, let the 6-iron drift in there to 20 feet left, hit it solid.”

“Got eaten up once it got to the top. Came up 10 yards short. I wasn’t shooting at the flag.”

Three putting last year cost Henrik the title, this year it was poor ball striking;

“I never really felt a hundred percent with my ball striking all week and when you got longer irons and winds and tough shots, if you don’t feel like you can take one side out”

“I’ve had a bit of a two-way miss going all week, never builds confidence.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rainy Day.

 

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It was a rainy day for Jason Day, and every one at Bay Hill in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but Jason                                                                       managed to keep his two shot lead.

Jason Day lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason got wet carding a third round -2 under par 70, to keep his two shot advantage at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill with a -15 under par total.

Jason said of the awful conditions;

“Pretty much, if it’s not going your way, suck it up and just get it done somehow.”

“To grind out a 2-under par, it wasn’t the prettiest, but certainly some shots where my short game definitely saved my score out there, I’ll take it.”

“I felt like I couldn’t get any momentum, especially with the umbrella up and down, the rain gear on and off.

 “All that said, I feel like I stayed patient to grind out a two under par.”

Troy Merritt -5 under 67 today, Kevin Chappell -5 under 67 and Henrik Stenson -2 under 70 are the three players tied in second place at -13 under par.

Henrik was asked if he thought his great experience would be an advantage in the last round;

“That’s a dangerous road to go down because if you start, then you’re clearly not thinking about your own game and what you need to do if you start thinking you’ve got an advantage because someone else hasn’t won before.”

“You got to stay focused on your things, really, and what’s been in the past is not really something that’s potentially going to help you in that situation.”

“When Tiger was at his best he was like one up or two up when he teed it up because everyone was scared of him and it can definitely play a part, but I think Sunday for me it’s just going out and try to play the best round of golf I can do and hopefully that will be good enough.”

Troy has missed some cuts lately, but said he was playing well;

“I had a couple odd holes on Friday at Valspar, played in five over for a five-hole stretch and missed the cut by two.”

“I just had some weird stretches where I just can’t get off the bogey train and obviously that’s not very good out here.”

“I really haven’t been playing that poorly.”

Justin Rose -1 under 71 and Derek Fathauer -3 under 69, are tied in fifth at -11 under par.

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Daylight Between Jason and the Others.

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There is daylight between Jason Day and the others in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field, two shots in fact.

Jason Day hit 11 of 14 fairways in regulation in Round 2. He also ranked second in strokes gained: tee-to-green (4.387). (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Jason carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to post a -13 under par total, giving him a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

He said it was good to be holing out the big putts, two from outside of 35 feet;

“It felt great, it felt like it was the second half of last year, especially today, hitting long drives, hitting smart shots into the greens and holing big putts.”

“My swing feels put together, it feels in sync and I can get after it.”

Henrik Stenson is in second place at -11 under par, -6 under 66 today keeping him within sight of the leader, it was motivation that kept him going. Over the last four years no one has been more under par at Bay Hill than Henrik, a cumulative -47 under, you need to be a good putter;

“It’s motivating, you can’t let it be frustrating that you’re eight shots back when starting you’re second round.”

“It suits my game, position off the tee.”

“Got to hit it in the fairway and play some good iron shots and when I’m playing well I seem to do that.”

“So, that kind sets up a lot of birdie chances and my putter has been working really nicely these couple of days and some of the previous years as well apparently.”

Third position belongs to Justin Rose at -10 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today despite  suffering with a variety of ailments over the past few weeks, flu, sore back, sore foot, resilience was the key;

“It’s a lesson to know you can win many ways or play well many ways.”

 “You have to be resilient.

“It’s not a long-term strategy. You can’t say I’m never playing a practice round again.”

Rory McIlroy bounced back a bit today, -5 under 67, gets him to -2 under overall, but he still sounded confused;

“The shots I was hitting I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

“I wanted to know whether it was my swing or whether it was,  what it was.”

“I needed to work on it but thankfully I was able to figure it out and hit the ball much better today.”

“Just sort of figured out that my angle was left at impact. I’ve been trying to move the ball up in my stance with the driver.”

Adam Scott slipped back carding +1 over par 73, to total -4 under par for the competition.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Jason Day Has A Great Day.

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Jason Day had a great day in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, topping the leaderboard.

Jason Day scorched the back nine at Bay Hill in Round 1, picking up 4.43 shots on the field on his inward nine alone. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason stepped up and fired a first round -6 under par 66, to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational, by just one shot from five chasing players. He was  happy to be back in contention, playing golf;

“Anytime you’re shooting six under, especially at a golf course like this, with how tough everything is, it does wonders for your confidence.”

“It would be nice to be in contention and get those competitive juices going again and get those feelings and the adrenaline rush you get when you’re in contention because it does help a lot.”

“Just like the way I was playing going into The Open Championship. I won four out of the six that I played on that stretch. So, it definitely helps.”

“I mean right now I’m in a good position to do that. I’ve got to try to get myself into contention and see how I go about it.”

“But with the first major coming up things can happen. Like you don’t have to go into a major playing great or you can go into a major playing fantastic and go the opposite way.”

Adam Scott is still there, he is one of the five players tied in second place at -5 under par, shooting 67 in the opening round . He is joined on that score by Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Henrik Stenson and Troy Merritt.

Adam was content will his score, and his short game, scrambling 8 out 8;

“It’s nice that I feel my short game is up to that level when it needed to be today to save me a little bit and keep a good score possible.”

“And it’s always nice to know OK, the swing hasn’t gone completely. I still hit a few good shots out there.”

Henrik likes Bay Hill, and has some good memories here;

“I generally have positive memories of my play around here.”

“I’ve had a lot of good tournaments. Of course, there was disappointment not to win last year, but that’s the nature of the game.”

“It’s not going to be the first or the last time you get disappointed at a golf tournament.

“I’m just back here trying to do my best and put myself in a similar situation to where I was last year.”

Rory McIlroy shot +3 over par 75, and said he was still trying to sort out his problems;

“It was a big surprise out there today to be fair.”

“I kept missing shots left and I tried to correct it too much and then I started missing them right.”

“I need to go on to the range and work on it a little bit and see if I can figure it out.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Makes It Again.

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Defending Champion Matt Every makes it again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Matt joined Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts as the only players to repeat at Bay Hill, shooting a final round -6 under par 66, and an Arnold Palmer Invitational total of -19 under par, a one shot victory;

“It’s easy to get down on yourself out here, it’s the biggest waste of time because nobody really cares.”

“The last three feet I was begging for it to hang, and I was like, ‘Gosh, these are the ones that always lip out. Be so cool to see this one dive in,’ and it did. Cool moment.”

“I was playing so good, yesterday when I got done, that was the best I hit it in a long time.”

“I told Tiger I’d hold it down for him until he gets back.”

“I’m like, you’re already in the Masters.”

“After Augusta last year, I was really bummed out, I felt really good about my game and then I got there and got my butt kicked. “

“I’ve got to get better because I don’t want to be a guy who can’t compete there.”

“I do want to win more tournaments, though, scratch that I said that, but it’s neat to get them both here.”

Henrik, who finished second at -18 under par, was annoyed at being put on the clock by the officials, on the 15th hole, when he was leading the tournament, and I am inclined to agree with him, what a stupid decision;

“I’m a little bit disappointed with the outcome, but I’m as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch, and that’s not really the way to close out a golf tournament.”

“It’s hard enough to finish out a golf tournament and play those finishing holes without being on the clock.”

“I didn’t see the reason for that really. I didn’t even read my putt more than just one quick look on 15. Three-putted that one from long range. Morgan got a bad time on 16 on the second shot. I kind of rushed my putt from the back fringe.”

“It’s just hard when you don’t feel like you can take the time that you want to take. That surely didn’t help the cause.”

Ozzie Matt Jones finished in third place at -17 under par, with -4 under par 67 final round.

Rory, T11 at -11 under, spoke about the odds of him winning The Masters;

“I guess if you go on form, then probably no. But it depends how far you take that form back and you’ve got to look at previous results there and all sorts of stuff. I’m not a bookie.”

“The main goal was to come here and try to win, couldn’t do that. At least I got a couple of things out of this week, which is good.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Takes Over at the Top.

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Henrik Stenson takes over at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at the end of day three at Bay Hill.

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Henrik had a -6 under par 66 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, and at -16 under par for the tournament has a two shot lead going into the final round on Sunday.

Henrik said he needs to keep playing the same way as the first three rounds, because the ball does not know what it’s doing;

 “The golf ball doesn’t know what happened the previous three rounds, so I’ve got to go out tomorrow and keep the same mindset.”

“I’m not just a pretty face, I’ll try and make that different tomorrow but can’t give any guarantees. I’ll certainly try.”

 

Morgan Hoffmann is in touch in second place at -14 under par, -1 under for the third round saw him slip back;

“Just a really weird day out there, got some mud balls in the fairway, couldn’t control it. Got some weird lies in the bunkers. Brought it back and am decent for tomorrow.”

There are four players tied in third place, all at -13 under par, they are, Matt Jones, Jason Kokrak, Ben Martin and Matt Every.

Jason carded the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, which has given him a chance to get his first win on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy had to settle for -1 under par 71, and is now seven shots back from the leader, at -9 under par;

“I’m frustrated, I birdied 12 and 13 and got right into the thick of things and then to give three shots back in quick succession was not really the plan.”

“I’m disappointed with the way I finished but I played well for the most part. I need to try to get off to a good start tomorrow, shoot a good score and see where that leaves me.

“There’s a lot of quality players above me. I would need to get off to a very fast start to win, 30 or 31 on the front nine, it’s possible; just try to start better and go from there.”

Daniel Berger scored an amazing Albatross, holing a 4-iron from 237 yards for a two on the 549 yard par 5 sixth hole. Daniel played the par fives in -6 under on Saturday, en route to a -4 under 68, and T23 at -7 under par;

“It was kind of right on that borderline between going for it and not going for it.”

“Little bit on the downhill lie. You know, my caddie gave me the confidence to go for it.”

“The joke between me and my caddie, how many albatrosses are going to be on that hole today.”

“It was special, especially over here, Mr. Palmer’s event.”

Daniel recorded a 2, 3, 4 and 5,  a combined -6 under par on the par fives and by doing so, started a new page in the golf history books, albatross, eagle, birdie and par, he is the first player to achieve that amazing feat.

I still can not understand why all the American TV commentators refer to an Albatross as a Double-Eagle, even mathematically it does not add up. Given that an Eagle is -2 under par, a Double Eagle would equal -4 under par. An Albatross is -3 under par.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Morgan Hoffmann Still The Man.

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Morgan Hoffmann is still the man at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, topping the leaderboard for the second day running.

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Morgan had a second round -7 under par 65 to extend his lead at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to three shots with his -13 under par tournament total.

Still chasing his first PGA Tour win, he thinks it is about time he had some wins;

“I would have liked to have won a few times by now, I’m behind my schedule.”

“It’s frustrating but it’s obviously the most;  the best guys in the world are playing on the PGA TOUR and I mean I’m so lucky to be out here and grateful but I’ve seen myself a little higher up than what I’ve performed.”

‘I’m trying to birdie every hole out there, so it was good.”

”Just hitting great putts and good shots into the greens really helps. It’s nice to hit some greens for a change. This year hasn’t been that great, and it’s a good change.”

Three players are tied in second position, all at -10 under par for the competition, Matt Every, Henrik Stenson and Harris English all carded -6 under par 66.

Henrik, the World number two sunk a 42 ft birdie putt on the par three 17th;

“Of course it’s a huge bonus to make one of those.”

“I was putting lovely all day, especially the ones on my birdie attempts from further away. I kind of left myself some smelly ones. I holed out nicely.”

“I would have been happy with two-putt, of course but that was nice to see that one go in and hit another solid putt on 18 and made another birdie.”

Harris would like to get into the field at Augusta, and is benefiting from the inspiration;

“It’s definitely inspiration.”

“My rookie year, my second year, I probably wouldn’t have thought of it. It’s easy to kind of let things slip away when you’re in that position. I wanted to take the next step and actually make that round mean something.”

”Got to keep the pedal down and keep aggressive.”

“Lot of my friends are going to be there, lot of Georgia guys playing. I want to be right there on-site.”

World number one Rory McIlroy has made a move, his second round of -6 under par 66, giving him a -8 under par total, and tied in sixth place with three other players;

“It was good, I think each and every day I’m feeling a little more comfortable especially on the greens.”

“It would be nice to finish the round off a little better, but still a good score and sets me up well for the weekend.”

“Obviously we played in the morning so we got the best of the greens and easier to trust the lines you pick for yourself but happy with how I putted today and putt like that over the weekend I’ll have a chance.”

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