Tag Archives: Bay Hill

Mar
15
2017

Rory McIlroy has never been shy when it comes to voicing his opinions. I, for one, am pleased to see that he has stayed true to himself and not allowed backlash and strong criticisms over the years for speaking his mind deter him from continuing to do so.

Muirfield, which last hosted the Open in 2013, earned a spot “back” on the rota of venues for the major championship on Tuesday after the all-mens club finally voted to allow women members for the first time in its nearly 300-year-old existence. 

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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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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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