Mar
24
2011
Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational First Round Open Thread
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Rickie Fowler made the most of the tranquil conditions on Thursday morning, posting two birdies and an eagle on his first nine (the back). As the winds picked up, Fowler faltered with a bogey-bogey finish, but he still shot a three-under 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Hunter Mahan came in shortly after and matched Fowler’s score. Mahan was pleased with his ballstriking, particularly his irons. The only mistakes that stood out to him were three-putting No. 3 and No. 15.

Phil Mickelson shot two-under 70, currently T3.  Two-time US Open champion Lee Janzen, who lost his PGA Tour card last and only has conditional status, also shot 70.

Whoa, defending US Open champion Graeme McDowell had a tough day! — he shot 80. Knowing G-Mac, I’m sure he laughed it off.

The featured threesome of Tiger Woods and heavy hitters Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland should be interesting to watch this afternoon. Speaking of which, I’m heading out to walk with them.

Please share your thoughts and discuss the early tourney action and predictions.

(AP Photo/John Raoux)