Tag Archives: Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational

Mar
22
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Phil risks an arm to tackle the autograph hunting mob.

The inscrutable powers that be have given Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson back-to-back tee times this PGA Tour Thursday. The result, an early morning televisual blackout, will frustrate many, but the media savvy need not shed a tear: intrepid on-course reporter Stephanie Wei will be providing updates throughout the morning.

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Mar
21
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Yes, those shoes are terrible.

Though it amounted to little more than a plodding injury debrief, Tiger Woods’s pre-tournament interrogation at Bay Hill this morning still managed to yield a headline-grabbing flash of insight.

Indeed, lost amid countless Achilles-related queries was the suggestion that the former world No1’s anxieties had already shifted to another, less metaphorically significant part of the body.

This week, Tiger’s Achilles heel could be his back.

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Mar
28
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Ugh, not another spike mark! Karma sucks.

On Saturday afternoon the door to the scoring trailer at Bay Hill swung open and an irked Stephen Ames, sitting next to a wide-eyed Henrik Stenson, barked, “Justin, are you wearing metals?”

Rose, who was in mid-sentence during an interview, played in front of Ames and Stenson in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He looked up and said, shaking his head, “No, I’m not.” Ames tried again, “Was JJ (Henry)?”

Rose, who was paired with Henry that day, thought for a moment and said, “No, I don’t think so.”

Ames, who shot 76 in the third round with 33 putts, slammed the door shut.

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Mar
28
2011

Boom! Trophy time!

After a couple of years spent bothering the world’s leaderboards, Martin Laird broke through on Sunday to claim a top-tier PGA Tour victory (no offence, JT). A closing round of 75 mightn’t look like much on paper, but on a tough layout that was getting tougher by the hour, the Scot managed to avert scoring catastrophe on several occasions and, most importantly, keep his head while all around were losing theirs.

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Mar
28
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Steve Marino knows what it’s like to finish runner-up. For the fourth time in his career and the second this season, Marino came up just short of his first victory on the PGA Tour, suffering a one-shot loss to Martin Laird at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

This one at Bay Hill might hurt a little more. He lost three strokes on plugged lies in bunkers on No. 15 and No. 17. And to win a golf tournament, you need the right breaks at the right time.

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Mar
27
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Spencer Levin signed autographs for fans by the scoring trailer while he waited for Martin Laird to finish up with interviews and other formalities on the 18th green. After they signed their scorecard, Levin stuck around and patiently spoke to reporters after posting a disappointing four-over 76 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. All things considered, Levin was in good spirits. He got off to an awful start, bogeying four of the first five holes. The problem? He was gunning for pins on a day where the pins were tucked and the greens were as hard as rocks.

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Mar
27
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Justin Rose: Eyes Wide Shut

Justin Rose fired a mighty impressive four-under 68 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. After posting a one-over on the front nine at Bay Hill, Rose got hot on the back and came in with a 31. He felt like he was rolling some great putts all week, but he wasn’t getting results. Until he made a change after the turn — he closed his eyes over putts inside ten feet.

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Mar
27
2011

With the leaders melting down on Sunday at Bay Hill, it looked like Tiger Woods, who had an early starting time, was going to sneak in his second consecutive top-ten finish and momentum going into The Masters. Through 16 holes, he had rolled in three birdies and no bogeys. And then he reached the 17th, playing brutally tough today with the pin tucked behind the front right bunker, just four paces from the fringe.

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Mar
27
2011

Martin Laird leads by two shots over Spencer Levin going into the final 18 holes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Laird hopes to draw from his past experiences to pull off his second victory on the PGA Tour. He’s now had the share of the 54-hole lead three times in his Tour career. In the last two, he eventually lost in a playoff — though there was little he could do when Jonathan Byrd made a walk-off ace at last year’s Justin Timberlake Open.

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Mar
26
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods made a move on Saturday at Bay Hill. Only it was the wrong direction — down the leaderboard. After he showed positive signs on Friday, firing a four-under 68 to get back in contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he’s won six times (before the course was redone), Tiger shot two-over 74 to spiral down to T29.

Surprisingly, Tiger’s problems didn’t stem from his driving. He hit 10 fairways — which is how many he found combined during the first two rounds (four on Thursday and six on Friday).

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