The Arnold Palmer Invitational: First Look

Mar, 2023

The PGA TOUR returns back to Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, where it will host the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented By Mastercard. This is the fourth TOUR event designated in 2023. World No. World No. 1 Jon Rahm leads an elite field in Orlando with three wins from six TOUR starts.

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FILD NOTICES:Fourty-four out of 50 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking will be playing at Bay Hill. Other Arnold Palmer Invitational winners include Tyrrell Hatton, Jason Day and Francesco Molinari. PGA TOUR University presented and Velocity Global is well represented in the sponsor exemptions. The current No. 1 player in the Class of 2022 and No. The current No. Both 1 and Pierceson Coody are in the field. Pierceson Coody is in the field having won two of his 15 Korn Ferry Tour starts after turning pro last summer. This comes one week after he made the cut at The Honda Classic, his first PGA TOUR pro start. Ludvig Aberg is currently No. Ludvig Aberg, the current No. 1 in PGA TOUR U is trying to increase his lead in this standings. After a win at The Prestige in La Quinta on February 22, Texas Tech’s star arrives at Bay Hill. This year’s No. 1 spot in PGA TOUR U is crucial, as the No. The NCAA Championship is the No. 1 spot in PGA TOUR U. This year, the No. Cole Hammer, who was a teammate on the Texas team that won 2022 NCAA Championship, is also in the field with a sponsor exemption. Hammer finished fifth last year in the class of PGA TOUR U grads. He also had a T5 finish in The RSM Classic last year. Major winners Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink are among the other players who will be competing at Bay Hill as sponsor exemptions. Justin Suh, 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Player-of-the Year, is also participating. Invitations were also sent to Thriston Lawrence and Adrian Meronk, winners of the DP World Tour.

The Field’s Most Highly-Rated Players

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 550 FedExCup points.

COURSEArnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge par 72, 7,466 yard. Bay Hill will again host the Arnold Palmer Invitational as it has done every year since 1979. The layout is mostly flat, but it has water challenges on many holes. Both the previous iterations were played in blustery and rock-hard conditions. The 2022 final round scoring average was 75.48 compared to 75.49 the year before. Scottie Scheffler won at 5 Under last year while Tyrrell Hatton won in 2020 at 4 Under – the highest winning total since 1983. Hatton and Scheffler shared one thing in common. Elite iron play. Scheffler won Strokes Gained: At the Green in the Bay Hill season, while Hatton came in second in that category in 2020.

STORYLINES The Bay Hill field is brimming with star power. Jon Rahm (Sentry Tournament of Champions and The Genesis Invitational) won this season’s first three events. Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa (WM Phoenix Open), won the other two. Xander Schauffele and Xander Schauffele will be playing at Bay Hill for their first time since 2020. Morikawa was T9 and Schauffele T24… World No. Justin Thomas will make his Bay Hill debut on September 9th. After three straight top-10 finishes at The Farmers Insurance Open, WM Phoenix Open, and The Genesis Invitational, Rahm will be joining Fred Couples, Ernie Els, and Hale Irwin to become the TOUR’s only elevated, player-hosted invitationals. These are Tiger Woods’ The Genesis Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented By Mastercard. Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament presented By Workday. Rahm won The Genesis earlier in the month, and the Memorial in 2020.

72-HOLE RECORD: 264, Payne Stewart (1987)

18-HOLE RECORD: 62, Andy Bean (Round 2, 1981), Greg Norman (Round 2, 1984), Adam Scott (Round 1, 2014)

Scottie Scheffler won the final round in even-par 72 under some of tournament’s most difficult conditions. He finished one ahead of Tyrrell Hatton and Billy Horschel. Scheffler won his second TOUR victory in three starts after he had previously won the WM Phoenix Open’s maiden TOUR title three weeks earlier. It was a day and tournament of survival. There were tough scoring conditions throughout the week, and the course was lightning fast. The tournament was won by 10 players who finished below par. Hatton had seven birdies in the final round, 3-under 69. He finished an hour ahead the last group and seemed well placed to win the tournament. Scheffler, however fought back with a birdie on the par-5 12th, followed by six closing pars. Scheffler’s total of 5-under was one more than the three-way runner up. Gary Woodland and Chris Kirk finished one shot back, and tied for fifth. Kirk earned a spot at The 150th Open in St. Andrews via Open Qualifying Series.


Television: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC).

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