Category Archives: PGA Tour

Mar
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

There was a little bit of deja vu for Matt Every on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A year ago, he entered the final round trailing by four strokes and ended up hoisting the trophy when it was all said and done. This year, he overcame a three-shot deficit, posting a six-under 66 to successfully defend his title and beating 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson by one stroke.

Every came up in the clutch on the difficult par-4 18th. Faced with a downhill 17-footer for birdie to take the lead, he made it for what turned out to be for the win. He even had some help from a friendly fan.

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Mar
22
2015

Henrik Stenson was less than thrilled with the rules officials after he couldn’t close out the 54-hole lead and ended up finishing second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational — one shot behind the champion, Matt Every.

Stenson, along with his playing partner Morgan Hoffmann, were playing in the final group and put on the clock for most of the day at Bay Hill, starting on no. 6. The Swede felt like it impacted the outcome of the tournament, particularly when they were being timed by rules officials so late in the day.

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Mar
22
2015

Rory McIlroy had his final tune-up for the Masters, which takes place in two weeks time and where he’ll go in as the overwhelming favorite. McIlroy shot a lackluster two-under 70 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Despite his uninspired play this week, he still finished tied for 11th at 11-under total for the tournament and felt like he made some progress before he heads into the season’s first major.

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Mar
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Perhaps the elusive albatross isn’t so elusive — at least it hasn’t been the past two days at Bay Hill. Daniel Berger made the first one in the tournament history in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the par-5 6th. On Sunday, Zach Johnson followed suit and holed out from the fairway with a five-iron from 206 yards on the par-5 16th.

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Mar
21
2015

Take Henrik Stenson’s driver out of his bag before a round at Bay Hill and he probably wouldn’t even notice. Stenson, who fired a second consecutive six-under 66, only hit one driver in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational — and on other days, he’s taken it out a maximum of three or four times.

Stenson’s length and his excellent ballstriking, particularly with his 3-wood, have propelled him to a two-shot lead through 54 holes at 16-under for the tournament.

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Mar
21
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

 

Just when it appeared like Rory McIlroy was kicking off another one of his hot runs to possibly take over the top of the leaderboard, he hit a couple stumbling blocks in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The world no. 1 birdied nos. 12 and 13 to get him within one shot of the leader at the time before he let a few shots get away from him, resulting in three consecutive bogeys. What a momentum killer.

McIlroy, who shot a ho-hum one-under 71, finished at nine-under, putting him in a tie for 12th and seven shots behind 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson headed into Sunday’s final round at Bay Hill. What a difference five or so holes can make.

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Mar
21
2015

Daniel Berger hit one for the history books on Saturday at Bay Hill. The 21-year-old rookie holed out from 237 yards with a 4-iron on the par-5 6th to post a rare albatross (or as we Americans mistakenly refer to as a “double eagle”).

It was the first ever at the Arnold Palmer Invitational since the inception of the event in 1979.

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Mar
20
2015

Morgan Hoffmann might be the most interesting guy in golf that you don’t know. He has his pilot’s license, owns a six-seater, one-engine plane that he uses to fly himself to tournaments. He stays at hotels with kitchens, so he can cook his own meals to eat when he’s both on and off the golf course. He was a defenseman in ice hockey for seven years.

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Mar
20
2015

After posting a two-under 70 on Thursday, McIlroy said he needed to clean up a few parts of his game and make more putts the next day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Well, turns out he kept his promise.

McIlroy didn’t quite put on the same ballstriking clinic as he did in the first round, but he had the rock rolling on Friday at Bay Hill, posting a six-under 66 to surge up the leaderboard.

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Mar
19
2015

The other week, Rory McIlroy said during the WGC-Cadillac Championship, referring to his golf game, “There’s no need to panic.” In his first two starts on U.S. soil thus far in 2015, he missed the cut at the Honda Classic and then notched a back-door top-10 (T9) finish at Doral — but he didn’t play anywhere up to the world’s no. 1’s high standards. After the slow start to the season, McIlroy saw progress in his game in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In the interim — when he wasn’t playing golf with Tom Brady at Augusta National — his swing coach Michael Bannon paid him a visit last week to help McIlroy work on his game. 

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