Wednesday 17 January 2018


Tournament: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Florida

Course length: 7400 yards (Par 72)

Purse:  $6.4m (Winner: $1.152m)

Champion: Tiger Woods (69 70 66 70, -13) (withdrawn with a back injury this year)

Course note: Initially designed in 1961 but extensively remodelled by owner, Arnold Palmer down the years, Bay Hill boasts wide open fairways and great risk-reward options, with serried rows of bunkers protecting well-defined greens. Water enters the equation on eight holes, especially the famous final three. This truly is Arnie’s place!

Irish in action: Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke

Betting Leaders: 12 B Watson, J Rose, 14 A Scott, 16 G McDowell, 20 Z Johnson, H Mahan, 25 H Stenson, K Bradley, 28 H English, P Reed, 33 K Na, G Woodland, 35 R Moore, 40 R Fowler, W MacKenzie

Selection: Patrick Reed. NB: Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, EW: Billy Horschel

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