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Mar
16
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

For the majority of his young career on the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy didn’t play the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It had just never fit into his schedule. But prior to last year’s event, Palmer basically called McIlroy out and told him to figure out how to make it work. And respectfully, that’s exactly what the former world no. 1 golfer did. He did quite well, as a matter of fact, finishing T11th in his first start at Bay Hill.

In fact, now, McIlroy wishes he would have added this event to his schedule years ago.

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Mar
15
2016

On Tuesday during his pre-tourney presser at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, world no. 3 Jason Day talked about handling the pressure that comes along with reaching world no. 1 — which the Australian held for a brief stint after winning the BMW Championship last September. Day’s year has been off to a slow start — mostly because he’s only played in four tournaments (and two of them were limited field events) in 2016, with his best finish being T11 at Pebble Beach.

But compared to Spieth’s crazy worldwide, whirlwind of a schedule, Day’s looks much more balanced and relaxed. I mean, Spieth went to defend his title at the Australian Open last winter and Day, who is actually Australian, didn’t even bother making the trip to play. While Spieth has only made five starts on the PGA Tour this year, he’s also competed on other tours in the Middle East and Asia. Relatively speaking, Spieth has racked up quite a bit more travel mileage over the last few months, and that can be exhausting at any age, but the 22-year-old American doesn’t have two young children like Day does.

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