Arnold Palmer Invitational. Marc Leishman Wins.

 

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

A win for the whole family

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Marc holed a 50 ft Eagle putt on the 16th hole on his way to carding  final Arnold Palmer Invitational round of -3 under 69, to post the winning total of -11 under par’

Marc convinced himself that son Harvey would make the Eagle putt;

“Some weird things go through your head, but I was thinking,  because we have a putting green upstairs, that Harvey could make this putt. You have to make it.”

“It’s such a special year to honour Mr. Palmer how they have. It’s unbelievable.”

“Obviously, it’s sad not to have him up there on 18, but to play how I did and to win any tournament’s huge, but especially this one.”

“The putter was pivotal all week. I’ve been putting well all year and it’s nice to be able to hole putts the last few days.”

“That was key to do that. I gave myself chances for putts and, yeah, it was an awesome day and I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.”

Kevin Kisner, +1 over 73 today and Charley Hoffman, also +1 over 73, tied in second place at -10 under par

Rory McIlroy -3 under 69 today, shared fourth spot with Tyrrell Hatton, -1 under 71, both at -9 under par.

Rory wanted the win, but was happy with his effort the last two days;

“I haven’t had the win that I’ve wanted, but it’s been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.”

“I struggled the first two days here. I found it a little bit on the weekend. I’m just happy that I’m out here playing again and I feel good.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Charley and Kevin Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner share the 54 hole lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

Charley Hoffman finished birdie-birdie-birdie at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He's tied for the lead. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Charley shot a third round -1 under par 71, which included birdies at the last three holes, while Kevin carded -4 under 68, to both share top spot on the  Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at -11 under, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Charley says he is in a special spot;

“Week-in and week-out you’re trying to win, but to be in position at Arnie’s event is a special spot.”

 “It’s right up there with competing in a major championship, there’s no question.”

“To keep his legacy going and win his event would be something special.”

“Coming down the stretch I’m probably not going to think about that too much. I’m just trying to win a golf tournament, to be completely honest.”

“But if I happen to, it would definitely be a special one to put on the mantle.”

Kevin has a poor record in play-off’s;

“I’ve lost plenty of playoffs out here, so I try to make as many birdies as I can so I don’t have to do that anymore.”

 “These guys are not afraid and they’re going to make a lot of birdies and there’s no protecting leads.”

“I saw I got the lead early and then just tried to make as many birdies as I could on the back nine.”

Three players are tied in third position at -8 under par, Tyrrell Hatton, England, -5 under par 67 today, Marc Leishman, Australia, -1 under 71, and Matt Fitzpatrick, from England, who stood still today at even par.

Rory McIlroy made good progress today, a bogey free -7 under 65, which takes him to -6 under for the tournament, saying he played better and made some putts;

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“Today it presented us with an opportunity to go low, the golf course played a little bit shorter, so you could take advantage of the par-fives.”

“I just played better. I gave myself a lot of looks and holed some putts, which was nice to see. It’s sort of a score that I was waiting on.”

“I felt like it was in there, it was just a matter of trying to put it all together and today I did.”

“At least I’ve given myself a decent chance tomorrow, if I get off to a fast start, I’ll be right in there. I can take a lot from today.”

“I put it in the right position, I drove it better, gave myself a lot of looks, was smart when I needed to be and if I can continue to do that, then I do have a good chance.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Charley Hoffman Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charley Hoffman has 36 hole lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17:  Charley Hoffman of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Charley shot a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke at -10 under par;

“I wasn’t in Match Play, and then obviously honoring Arnie is not a hard thing to come here and do.”

“He was what we all wanted to be. Great with the fans.”

“He was the guy who sort of paved the way for us. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but just meeting him here and there was always an honor.”

Emiliano Grillo has second place, that one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -4 under 68 giving him that place on his own;

“It was a very up-and-down round out there. I somehow managed to post a good round. I didn’t hit it good off the tee.”

In third position is Matt Fitzpatrick, -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch of the leaders with his -8 under total;

“The bad short game shots were 7 to 8 feet and the good ones were stiff. That’s really important.”

 “I managed to hole a few of those seven to  eight footers for par and a couple for birdie, as well.”

Defending Champion Jason Day, -1 under 71 today is T13 at -3 under par, while Rory McIlroy continues with his struggles, +1 over for  the tournament;

“It wasn’t the ideal start, but I battled back and I just fought. I fought a little bit of everything over the past couple of days.”

 “It’s been a little bit of a struggle, which I didn’t really anticipate coming in here.”

“I know what I’m doing, it’s just a matter of trying to iron that out.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  Arnold Palmer Invitational, after the first round, Emiliano Grillo , Argentina, and Matt Fitzpatrick from England.

Emiliano Grillo, the 2016 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, ranks 64th in the FedExCup, with one top-10 in nine starts. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Emiliano and Matt both shot first rounds of -5 under 67 in the   Arnold Palmer Invitational at in Bay Hill  in Florida.

Emiliano found it hard to keep warm in the early morning low temperatures, carding a couple of early bogey’s, but also made some good putts;

“The first four holes were really difficult keeping warm.”

. “After that, it was a bit warmer, but if I had my hands out of my pockets for a minute or two I would be freezing.”

“But I was able to keep it in the fairway mostly all day and I was able to make a few good putts on 9 and 17, and that kept me going.”

Matt went round bogey free, in the warmer afternoon rounds.

Three players are tied in third place at -4 under par, after opening rounds of 68, Paul Casey, one bogey, Lucas Glover two bogey’s and Charley Hoffman, one bogey.

This was the first year the tournament has not been graced by it’s host Arnold Palmer, and it was stressful for grand-son Sam Saunders, especially when he reached the 16th tee, where an empty golf cart was parked, which had always been occupied by Arnold;

“I started thinking about all the years that I’ve played in the tournament, and I just started thinking about him driving around in the cart and watching me.”

 “And just to see it sitting there empty ; yeah, that’s hard.”

“I think we all feel that. I had my emotional moment, looked at it, and then got my head where it needed to be to play the next hole.”

 

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.