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.

Arnold Palmer InvitationalAPI Winner Rory

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. 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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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Continues.

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Corey Conners of Canada continues to lead the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Corey carded a moving day -3 under par 68 to keep his momentum going at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard with a -9 under par total;

“It was really cool. Came out and tried to have as much fun as possible.”

“I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable.”

“I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely.”

“Kept things pretty solid throughout the round.”

“Fun position to be in. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.”

He has some serious company close behind in the form of Tiger Woods, -4 under 67 today, Justin Rose, England,-5 under 66, and Brandt Snedeker, -4 under 67, all of them just one back at -8 under par.

Tiger is all obviously all fired up after his great rival Phil Mickelson won last week. The best news for Corey is that he will not be paired up with Tiger for the final round, Justin Rose will be his partner, meaning the gallery will be a lot quieter. Tiger described the gallery today as;

“Loud. very, very loud.”

”I played myself right there in contention. It will be a fun Sunday.”

Brandt will play alongside Tiger, and knows it will be crazier tomorrow;

 “I was able to feed off a lot of energy today. That’s probably why I played so good.”

“Got me to focus real hard on every shot and did a good job of that today.”

“Do it again tomorrow, probably be crazier tomorrow.”

Justin holed a shot from 120 yards for Eagle, that really got him in the mood, and he putted really well;

“This ignited it for me. I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent.”

“I needed something to happen. I made that one.”

“I putted really, really well on the back nine. Every putt I had I thought would go in. Fun day.”

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Valspar Championship. Rookie Corey Conners Leads.

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 PGA TOUR rookie Corey Conners, Canada, leads the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Rookie Conners leads at Valspar

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Corey shot a first round -4 under par 67 to lead the Valspar Championship by one shot on day one;

“I don’t overpower it, but everything is really solid.”

 “I definitely like the challenge and like golf courses that put a premium on the fairway and hitting the green.”

“It was a lot of tap-in pars and made some birdies.”

Tied in second place at -3 under par are, Whee Kim, South Korea, with Kelly Craft and Nick Watney from the USA.

Nick is trying to recover from a back injury, and feels he is playing better than his results;

“I feel like my results haven’t quite caught up to the way I’m playing. I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”

 “I got some breaks today, drove it in the trees on the sixth, I had a shot, holed a bunker shot.”

“Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going.”

Sharing third spot at -2 under are, Russell Knox, Scotland, with Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley, both from the USA.

Tiger continued his comeback, with a -1 under 70, and is in the large group at T 8, which included, Justin Rose, England, Sergio Garcia, Spain, and Adam Scott, Australia.

Tiger said he is getting better;

“I’m getting a little better piece by piece.”

“This was a very good test of all the things I tried to hit.”

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Hero World Challenge. Charley Cruises To 54 Hole Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman cruises to the 54 hole lead at the Hero World Challenge at a very windy Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

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Charley carded -2 under par 70, which equaled the low round score for the very windy day, to increase his lead at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard at -14 under par, a five shot lead over his nearest challengers.

Tied in second place, those five shots back are Jordan Spieth, even par 72 on the day, and local resident here Justin Rose, who signed for a third round -1 under 71.

Tournament host and comeback king Tiger Woods suffered another golfing setback today carding +3 over par 75 in the tough conditions, leaving him with a competition score of -4 under par and a lowly T 10 position. Seems like he will be handing the Trophy to Charlie tomorrow. Tiger was philosophical about his play today, telling reporters something that every amateur player around the world knows only too well;

“Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot and anything I did wrong was really bad.”

“Just one of those days.”

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Hero World Challenge. Tommy Fleetwood Leads On Day 1

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Tommy Fleetwood, England, leads the Hero World Challenge on day 1 at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Tommy is suffering from jet lag, and his baby son Frankie awake at 4am;

“Frankie woke up so then I feed him and then got him back down, so I just puttered about.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67 are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -4 under, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and  Kevin Chappell, all from the USA, and Justin Rose, England.

Of course all anybody really wants  to talk about is the third comeback appearance of Tiger Woods, who carded a first round -3 under par 69, to be T8;

“For me, I thought I did great.”

“To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

“All I’m trying to do is just keep plodding along. Today if I take away the two sixes and play the round correctly, then I’m probably tied for the lead.”

 “So it’s just little things like that I need to clean up and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

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