Bryson Is The Top Boy At Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Bryson DeChambeau wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, in Florida.

Bryson won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final round -1 under par 71 to post -11 under par at the top of the leaderboard;

“Even when I don’t have all the things I need to feel comfortable with my golf swing and with equipment, all the time, I was still able to perform and execute when the time came.”

 “And that was pretty exciting.” 

“I came here as an amateur, he gave me an invitation and I loved this golf course the minute I arrived. I loved the atmosphere and I love the fans.”

 “I loved what Mr. Palmer did with this place and what he’s done, and his legacy he’s left here.”

Lee Westwood, from England, finished in second place at -10 under, after a last round +1 over par 73, not what the English fans were expecting, an even par round would have got him into a play-off;

“He can overpower a golf course. So it’s fun to watch, I think.”

“I thought we had a good battle. I didn’t  think anybody was going to shoot 68 or 67.”

 “It was a day for playing sensible and hanging on and grinding out the pars.”

Corey Conners of Canada was third, at -9 under par, after a sad final round of +2 over par 74;

“I made some nice saves at the start of the round, just didn’t get the putts to fall today.”

“The greens were rolling really fast, ball seemed to never stop.”

“I didn’t really look at the boards too much throughout the day.”

“A lot of positive things, I struck the ball really well, I was really patient, I felt confident about my game, so really excited where things are at heading into next week.”

Sad Rory McIlroy put the ball in the water twice on the par five 6th hole, and never recovered carding +4 over par 76.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Lee Westwood Leads.

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Lee Westwood of England leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after 54 holes at Bay Hill.

Lee carded a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot at -11 under par;

“It’s nice to still be playing in these tournaments.”

“You’ve got to be top 50 in the world and if you would have said to me 20 years ago will you still be top 50 in the world at 48 I might have been slightly skeptical.”

“And it just shows that I’m still capable of playing well in these tournaments with all the good young players around me and obviously contending, because that’s what I’m doing this week.”

“I haven’t lost any of my length and I haven’t lost any of my enthusiasm to go and work in the gym.”

“My nerves are still intact, I still get into contention and enjoy it rather than kind of back off.”

“I feel like if you hit the fairways on this golf course, it gives you some birdie opportunities, and it’s a golf course that I’ve always felt comfortable on. I’m seeing the lines well on the greens and rolling the ball well. So yeah, I feel like there are birdie opportunities out there if you hit good shots.”

Sharing second place at -10 under were Corey Conners, Canada, with -1 under 71 today, and Bryson DeChambeau, -4 under 68.

Everyone wanted to see Bryson attempt to reach the green from the tee at the par five 6th hole, he managed 370 yards, straight out over the huge lake, just 70 yards short of the green;

“Oh, man, I felt like a kid again, for sure.”

“It was exciting, especially when you pull it off. It was almost like winning a tournament. It’s kind of the feeling I had. It was like, `Oh, I did it.’ I got the same chills and feeling when I saw it clear and there was no splash. I gave the fans what they wanted.”

Jordan Spieth, currently tied in fourth place at -9 under, with Keegan Bradley, scored a hole in one at the par three 2nd hole to get his round of to a flying start. He finished with a -4 under par 68;

“That was obviously a really cool moment.”

“I hit it a little thin, but it was right on the line I wanted and knowing that the grass was wet, you get some skid, I thought in the air it was going to be pretty good.”

Keegan carded the low round of the day -8 under par 64, to leapfrog him up the leaderboard, and into contention.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Corey Conners Has Half-Way Lead.

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Corey Conners of Canada has the 36 hole lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Florida.

Corey shot -3 under par 69 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke at -9 under par. The good weather for the first two days is being replaced with wind and rain for the week-end;

“We’ll just see what happens and be ready for anything.”

“I haven’t really been in this position a lot, but I have a lot of confidence in my game and feeling really relaxed the last few days, so try and keep that going.”

“I feel like I have a lot of energy. I had an off week last week and really excited for the weekend.”

Martin Laird of Scotland is alone in second place, low round of the day, -5 under par 67 elevating him up the leaderboard. Martin won the Bay Hill trophy in 2011, fighting hard in a final round so tough a +3 over par 75 was enough to win it for him.

Three Players are tied in third spot at -7 under par, Viktor Hovland, Norway, -4 under 68 today, Lanto Griffin, also -4 under, and Rory McIlroy with a more modest -1 under71, with problems finding the fairways.

Rory said it could have been much worse;

“It could have been the round that I could have shot 74 or 75. I got in with 71 and pretty happy with that.”

With some bad weather being predicted there is still a lot of golf to be played, it may come down to the survival of the fittest..

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Arnold Palmer Invitational, Two Tied At The Top.

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Rory McIlroy and Corey Conners are tied at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard after the first round at the  Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida.

Rory, Northern Ireland, and Corey, Canada, both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard by one shot on day 1.

Rory feels comfortable on the Bay Hill course, after missing the cut last week;

“I feel like you don’t have to do anything special to shoot a good score here.”

“You can be really conservative off the tees if you want to be. There’s a bunch of irons that you can hit off tees.”

” Take care of the par fives, I think the toughest thing about this course is the par three’s and I played them in three under today. So that was a bonus.”

“I’ve watched Tiger enough here over the years and the way he played this course was, he played it very conservatively, he took care of the par fives, and that was usually good enough to get the job done. So sort of take a little bit of a leaf out of his book.”

“Those shots last week that I was trying to hit were missing the target 20 yards left, so it was nice to just see them coming out in the window I was anticipating.”

Alone in third spot is Bryson DeChambeau, at -5 under par after his opening round of 67, using an iron off the tee on the par five 6th hole;

“There was a high expectation level of me trying to go for the green there, and it was a little pressure that I wasn’t expecting,”

“It was fun. The crowds were great with it. I pulled out an iron as a joke off the tee box. And for me, it was just too much off of the right and more into the wind than anything.”

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Tyrrell Hatton Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Tyrrell Hatton from England  wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his maiden PGA Tour title, at Bay Hill in Florida.Hatton earns first PGA TOUR win at Arnold Palmer InvitationalTyrrell and first PGA Tour trophy / getty

Tyrrell carded a final round +2 over par 74, but his overall score, -4 under was good enough to win him the Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy;

“O my God, I can’t believe it.”

“I actually thought I played myself out of it when I made double on eleven.”

“When I saw the scoreboard on 14th green, I realized I had a one-shot lead. I was a little bit surprised.”

“To hold on and win here, it such an iconic venue. I’m over the moon.”

Marc Leishman of Australia was second, one shot back at -3 under, he recorded a last round of +1 over par 73.

Last weeks winner Sungjae Im, South Korea, was third at -3 under, with final round of +1 over 73.

World #1 Rory McIlroy was still operating in reverse in his last round, carding +4  over 76 making it three consecutive over par rounds. He finished T5 at even par.

Bay Hill had been brutal to play for most of the week, major championship tough.

There were a few rounds under par today, albeit at -1 under, but it was the lowest score of the day. That score helped Keith Mitchell, and Joel Dahmen earn exemptions to The Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on 19th July.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tyrrell Hatton Has 54 Hole Lead.

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On a day where only one player carded a round under par Tyrrell Hatton of England claimed the 54 hole lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Florida.

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Tyrrell signed for a +1 over par 73, but maintained his position at the top pf the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard with a -6 under tournament total;

Windy conditions, hard and fast greens mesmerised everyone, Tyrrell was shocked when a putt actually went in;

“I don’t normally fist pump on a Saturday. I think it was more shock that the ball actually went in the hole, and very relieved.”

“I think even though I tapped that putt it was probably going about eight feet past.”

“It was scary how quick that thing was.”

“With the rough, greens firm, fast, and they’re dry, where there’s not a whole lot of friction, there’s nothing that really holds the ball, so it will expose any little weakness or flaw or mishit.”

Sharing second place, two shots back at -4 under, were World #1 Rory McIlroy, another over par round today, +1 over 73, and Marc Leishman with a respectable even par effort of 70.

Rory thinks if your in the red figures tomorrow, you have a chance of winning;

“Tomorrow it’s all about keeping the big numbers off your card and just trying to play as conservative as possible and pick up some birdies on the par fives if you can.”

“And if you can get it in the red for the day, you’re going to have a good chance.”

Marc was surprised at his overall score;

“I actually added my score up in the scorer’s hut and kind of did a double-take. I added up to 72 and it felt like I shot a 65.”

“It was really tough. Par was a great score. That’s probably as hard as I’ve seen it out here.”

For the record the only player under par today was Max Homa, with -2 under 70, it left him at +1 over for the tournament, T16.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two Tied at the Top.

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Tyrrell Hatton, England, and Sung Kang of South Korea are tied at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard after 36 holes at Bay Hill in Florida.

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Tyrrell had an up and down second round of -3 under 69, while Sung carded -4 under 68 to join Tyrrell at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at -7  under par.

Tyrrell admitted that he had not got a clue where his ball was going today;

“I just didn’t have a clue where it was going.”

“Just happy to get in the clubhouse with no damage done, really.”

Danny Lee of New Zealand has third spot at -6 under, he signed for an excellent second round of -5 under 67.

World #1 Rory McIlroy went backwards today +1 over par 73, he is sharing fourth place with last weeks winner Sungjai Im, -3 under 69 today, and Harris English who had a second round -2 under 70, all are at -5 under for the tournament.

Rory said it was a big grind today, but he is still there in the tournament;

“It was a grind. I think I made it more of a grind than I needed to.”

“Conditions were tricky, greens are getting firm, wind was out of a different direction today, so that made things a little interesting, too.”

“I’m still right there in the golf tournament.”

Yesterdays leader Matt Every fell from grace, following his -7 under 65 first round by signing for a +11 over 83, and missed the cut.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Every Leads.

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Matt Every Leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill in Florida Arnold Palmer Bay HillMatt / getty

Matt carded a bogey free -7 under par 65 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot on day 1;

“I just didn’t want to shoot myself out of the tournament with the way the weather was.”

“The putter was a little shaky. It’s always a little shaky. It was a good day for me.”

World #1  Rory McIlroy is in second place, one shot back at -6 under following his opening effort of 66, recovering from a trip to the water on #11, where he carded a bogey five;

“To hole that putt for bogey, making 5 instead of 6 there is a big deal.”

“One over through 2 instead of 2 over is sort of a different feeling. And to turn that nine around and turn in under, I felt pretty good about myself going to the front nine.”

Sharing third spot at -5 under are Talor Gooch, and Scottie Scheffler, bot with rounds of 67.

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Fantastic Francesco Wins The Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Fantastic Francesco Molinari from Italy wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida.

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Francesco won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a fantastic bogey free final round of -8 under par 64, to post -12 under at the top of the leaderboard about an hour and half in front of the last group, they could not catch him.

Francesco was aggressive with his approach to the last round, and putted well, needing just 25;

“I tried to be aggressive from the start and it was nice to see quite a lot of putts dropping, especially for my standards.”

“I think it’s been the best putting round ever in my career. And it’s nice to do it, obviously in those circumstances, at Arnie’s place.”

“And I don’t know, there must be something going on with that line (on 18), because it seems that a lot of guys winning the tournament make that putt.”

“It’s always a pleasure for us to come back here to his place, it was obviously even better when he was around, but even now you can feel his presence and, yeah, hopefully he saw Rory last year and he saw me this year and he’s proud of what we did out there.” 

Matt Fitzpatrick from England was second at -10 under. a last round -1 under 71 not enough to claim victory.

Three players were tied in third place at -9 under, Sungiae Im, South Korea, -4 under 68 today, Tommy Fleetwood, England, -4 under 68, and Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -3 under 69.

Defending Champion Rory McIlroy, who had put himself into position to win back to back just limped through the last round, returning a lame effort of even par 72, taking 32 putts, finishing at T6 with a tournament total of -8 under;

“My Sundays haven’t been what I would have liked, but I’m putting myself in that position, so good golf is good golf, I keep saying that, at the end of the day.”

“It was a tough day, tough to get it close to the hole.”

“I feel like I really didn’t play that badly. I missed a couple of shots, but I felt like I was hitting good shots to 30 feet all day and it’s hard to sort of shoot a score.”

Best placed USA player was Adam Long, T 10 at -7 under par, with nine foreign players above him.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Matt / Getty

Matt carded a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot at -9 under par;

 “The condition of the greens is fantastic and they have been all week, so I think that that’s what make it’s so great.”

“You can still hit to 30 feet, 40 feet and just have a perfectly great putt, just because they’re so good.”

“There’s water around here, the greens are firm, the rough’s thick.”

One shot back at -8 under is defending champion Rory McIlroy, he signed for a third round -6 under 66 to put him into contention, and a chance of keeping his title;

“I felt for part of the round today that I was hanging on.”

“You hit it up to 25, 30 feet, you take your two-putts, you move on and know you’re not going to lose any ground on the field.”

“I didn’t play this tournament starting off my career for various reasons and I would always get a letter from Arnold every year saying, hoping to see you at Bay Hill.”

“And finally in 2015 I played here, and I realized what I was missing all those years. I got to spend some time with Arnold, which was a dream come true for me.”

Rory can reach 15 PGA TOUR wins on Sunday, including four majors, before turning 30. Only two players have hit those marks on that pace since the first Masters in 1934 Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Three players are then tied in third place at -7 under, Aaron Baddeley, Australia, -3 under 69 today, Matt Wallace, England, -3 under 69, and Kevin Kisner, USA, with a -2 under 70 for his third round.

Kevin mentioned the brutal conditions;

“The golf course is playing brutal, and just nowhere to get it close to the pin.”

“Greens are firm, hitting a lot of long irons, and it’s a true test.”

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