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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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory Romps Home.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland romps home to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

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Rory saved his best round till last -8 under par 64 wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at -18 under par his first victory since the Tour Championship on September. 25th, 2016, the day Arnold died;

“I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him, but I’m so happy to put my name on that trophy.”

“I’ve seen Tiger make that enough times to know what it does, so I just wanted to try and emulate that.”

“Didn’t quite give it the hat toss, I was thinking about doing it.”

“But just to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.”

“Hopefully he’s proud of me with the way I played on the back nine and tried to be as aggressive as I could and tried to take on shots when I needed to, just like he would have.”

Bryson DeChambeau, USA, was second at -15 under par, -4 under 68 in the last round was never going to be enough to win;

“I thought fifteen under for sure would win today.”

 “Rory obviously played some incredible golf. I don’t know what he did on the last nine, but it was deep. I know that.”

Justin Rose, England, claimed third spot at -14 under par with a final round -5 under 67 and could only watch and wonder as Rory rolled in putt after putt;

“Rory played incredible golf and it was fun,  great to see world class players do that.”

 “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me.”

“But when he is making putts, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”

Long time leader Henrik Stenson, Sweden, could only manage a -1 under 71 today, finishing in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Tied in fifth were Tiger Woods, -3 under 69 today and Ryan Moore, -1 under 71, both players at -10 under par, and both from the USA.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Heading For Wire to Wire Win.

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Henrik Stenson of Sweden is heading for a wire to wire win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Florida.

Stenson ahead by 1

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Henrik needed a monster 30 ft birdie putt on the par four 9th hole to sign for a third round -1 under par 71, which kept him on top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I was looking for a little better, but I’m still in the lead.”

“I’ve been up in the mix and let’s hope for a different outcome tomorrow.”

Bryson DeChambeau, USA is in second place, one shot back at -11 under par, after a third round of even par 72. He explained the poor result was due to a bad back;

“It was because my quadratus lumborum wasn’t working. My iliacus, longissimus thoracis, they were all kind of over-working if you want to get technical on that.”

 “But they weren’t working very well, and I overworked them.”

“Pretty much my lower right back was hurting and I rested it. How about that?”

“Unfortunately, just didn’t go my way today, but tomorrow there’s one more day, one back, got a lot of guys behind me that are lurking.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, has third spot on his own, carding a third round -5 under par 67 for -10 under par on the leaderboard;

“I started the day just outside the top ten and wanted to at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow, so it was a great day out there.”

“I can’t really ask for much more. I’ll hopefully be within two or three of the lead, and I can make a run at it.”

Justin Rose, England, -5 under 67  is sharing fourth spot with Ryan Moore, USA, -3 under 69, to both be at -9 under for the competition.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard after 36 holes at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau share the honor in Orlando, Florida.

Stenson tied at the top

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Round one leader Henrik, -3 under 69 today, and Bryson, -6 under 66, share the top spot on the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at -11 under, after 36 holes, as darkness caused a suspension of play for the day.

Henrik said good putting helped to make those all important par scores;

 “Putting, more than anything.”

“I scrambled for par after all those holes after hitting some not so good golf shots.”

Bryson is not short on confidence;

“I think every week I’m good enough to win or play my best.”

“It’s just sometimes a kick here, a break here, and that’s just what happens.”

“You don’t always get a sky ship rocketed up to the top of the leaderboard like I have.”

Talor Gooch is alone in third place at -9 under par, he carded a second round -2 under 70, and Ben An holds fourth spot on his own at -8 under par.

Tomorrow is moving day, and St Patricks Day, should be a fun day all round, and the Guinness will be flowing no doubt.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Stenson Leads.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Stenson leads with Tiger, McIlroy close behind

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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.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Every Makes It His.

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Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando.

Matt Every, 30, received the traditional winner's handshake from Arnold Palmer on Sunday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

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As a kid growing up in nearby Daytona Beach Matt Every watched Arnold Palmer Invitational, now he was won the event. He could not believe that he had won, a last round of -2 under par 70 gave him a total -13 under par.

“It’s hard, I can’t believe I won, it’s tough man. You just never know if it’s going to happen. You get there so many times. It’s nice to get it done. Being close to winning out here, I mean it can be kind of discouraging because if you don’t win you just wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I don’t see how it could get much better than this, being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome.”

Second place went to Keegan Bradley, his final round of even par 72 was good enough to secure the spot with a total of -12 under par. Keegan had a putt on the final hole to force a play-off, he remembered Tiger putting from around the same spot in 2008 to win the tournament;

“I remember watching his breaking in there really hard, it looked about the same. I hit an absolutely perfect putt, perfect speed. Just didn’t break in.”

Adam Scott, who started the day with a three shot lead, completely went to pieces in the final round, finishing the tournament at -11 under par, after a disastrous +4 over par 76. It left him in third place alone, he said he was annoyed at the way he played, I bet Stevie Williams was pulling his hair out too. Bad putting was the major culprit;

“Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself; sometimes you don’t. And I think I was getting into a really good spot and had an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today.”

“Today was a bit shaky, it was just a little out of sorts for whatever reason. And my short game just wasn’t there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure.  If nothing else, it’s a good reminder on how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is. And if I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that’s, I guess, maybe what gave me the chance to win.”

I just wonder if having the chance of being World Number One was in his mind, increasing the pressure.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Subdued Scott Still Leads.

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Adam Scott had four bogeys Saturday but remains three ahead at Bay Hill. (Cohen/Getty Images)

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Adam Scott carded a very subdued -1 under par 71 in the third round at Bay Hill, and saw his seven shot lead shrink to three strokes going into the final round. He now has a total of -15 under par, and seeing the guys catch up a little knows he is in a tournament and will have to buckle down and find a good round to win;

” I think I’ve got to go out and try to win the golf tournament, I’m not trying to win the No. 1 ranking. I’ve got a bunch of guys breathing down my neck who all have had nice rounds today and are feeling pretty good about the way they’re playing going into tomorrow. So I’m going to have to play a pretty sharp round of golf and not open the door at all. When you’ve got the lead, you have to work for it, I’m still in good shape.”

“When you don’t start birdie-birdie today, then you know the other guys have got nothing to lose and they’re going for it. They’ve got to close the gap. It doesn’t surprise me at all. You think seven is a lot, but it’s not really, especially over 36 holes. If I was seven back at any other tournament, I would think I could still win.”

Keegan Bradley birdied his last three holes for a third round -6 under par 66 to claim second place alone at -12 under par for the tournament. he likes being the under-dog and thinks tomorrow will be a fun day;

” I just kind of like that under-dog role, I like knowing that I’ve got to go out there and play well. It really gets me excited. And playing in the final group with one of the best players in the world at Arnold Palmer’s tournament is what we all dream to do. Tomorrow is going to be a really fun day. I’m really striking the ball well and finally seeing putts go in.”

Two players are tied in third position at -11 under par, they are, Matt Every, who also signed for -6  under par 66 and Jason Kokrak who carded a -5 under par 67 today.

Matt is adjusting to not having a full-time coach,

“Last year I had a full-time coach, he was awesome, and I learned a ton. But I kind of got lazy and started relying a little too much on other people to help me. If I was hitting it bad, I would go, ‘I’ll wait until next week when he comes back and I’ll straighten it out.’ That’s terrible.”

“This year, I’m trying to do everything by myself, just be committed to everything, and trust, just trust in myself, and my caddie, too.”

“I think I’ve been too aggressive on Sundays. You can hit good shots out here on Sundays, and it might not turn out great. It’s not nerves, it’s really not. It just, you know, it just hasn’t happened. But eventually, I’m pretty sure it will.”

Well yesterday I said the engraver could do his work and go home, and although Adam’s lead has been severely trimmed I still believe he will win.