Arnold Palmer Invitational R1

Every edges McIlroy for overnight lead

March 05-08
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
$9,300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Matt Every shot an opening-day 65 to claim the overnight lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.

Arnold Palmer Invitational R1 - Every edges McIlroy for lead
Rory McIlroy during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


The American, who started on the back nine, had picked up three shots by the turn and birdied three of the next four holes to join clubhouse leader Rory McIlroy on six under par before edging his way in front with a three at the par-four eighth.


McIlroy, who also played the back nine first, dropped a shot at his second hole but was one-under at the turn and and collected an eagle three at the fourth as he collected five more to finish with a six-under-par 66.

Americans Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler will head into the second round tied for third, a shot further back, with Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell among a group of players on four under and Ian Poulter a shot worse off.


However, Justin Rose may need an improvement to make the cut after shooting 73, while Padraig Harrington, Jason Day and Lee Westwood carded 74s, Tommy Fleetwood 76 and Phil Mickelson a 77 on a testing day.

Defending champion Francesco Molinari had earlier withdrawn from the defence of his title with a back injury.


Molinari carded a brilliant closing 64 at Bay Hill last year to claim a two-shot victory, but the winner of the 2018 Open Championship has not recorded a single top-10 finish since a tie for fifth in the Masters last April.

The 37-year-old Italian, who held a two-shot lead at Augusta National before finding water twice in the last seven holes, has slipped from a career-high of fifth to 26th in the world rankings.


In his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday, Molinari admitted he was “a little behind” where he wanted to be at this stage of the season after three missed cuts and a tie for 53rd in the 72-man WGC-Mexico Championship, which does not have a halfway cut.

“The start of the season has not been as good as I hoped for, but it’s only the start,” said Molinari, who was replaced in the field at Bay Hill by South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-hoon.


“There’s been a few physical things and technical things but I’m working through it. I think I’ve got some good planning for the next few weeks building up to Augusta and some good direction to work towards.”

Molinari won all five of his matches in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States in Paris in 2018, but is currently 53rd in the qualifying standings for September’s contest at Whistling Straits.


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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Matthew Every
USA
-7
65
2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-6
66
T3
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-5
67
T3
Talor Gooch
USA
-5
67
T5
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
68
T5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
68
T5
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
68
T5
Keith Mitchell
USA
-4
68
T5
Sam Burns
USA
-4
68
T5
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-4
68
T11
Adam Long
USA
-3
69
T11
Harris English
USA
-3
69
T11
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-3
69
T11
Ian Poulter
ENG
-3
69
T11
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
69
T11
Rob Oppenheim
USA
-3
69
T11
Scott Brown
USA
-3
69
T11
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-3
69
T19
Charley Hoffman
USA
-2
70
T19
Collin Morikawa
USA
-2
70
T19
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-2
70
T19
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
70
T19
Kevin Na
USA
-2
70
T19
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
70
T19
Matthew NeSmith
USA
-2
70
T19
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
70
T19
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
70
T19
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
70
T19
Tom Hoge
USA
-2
70
T19
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
70
T31
Bud Cauley
USA
-1
71
T31
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
71
T31
Danny Lee
NZL
-1
71
T31
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
71
T31
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
71
T31
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
71
T31
Kevin Streelman
USA
-1
71
T31
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
71
T31
Marc Leishman
AUS
-1
71
T31
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
71
T31
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
71
T31
Scott Harrington
USA
-1
71
T31
Scott Piercy
USA
-1
71
T31
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
71
T45
Andrew Putnam
USA
Par
72
T45
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
72
T45
Brooks Koepka
USA
Par
72
T45
Davis Love III
USA
Par
72
T45
Harry Higgs
USA
Par
72
T45
Joel Dahmen
USA
Par
72
T45
Kevin Chappell
USA
Par
72
T45
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
72
T45
Max Homa
USA
Par
72
T45
Robby Shelton
USA
Par
72
T45
Rod Perry
USA
Par
72
T45
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
Par
72
T45
Steve Stricker
USA
Par
72
T45
Stewart Cink
USA
Par
72
T45
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
72
T60
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
73
T60
Alexander Noren
SWE
1
73
T60
Beau Hossler
USA
1
73
T60
Brendan Steele
USA
1
73
T60
Brian Gay
USA
1
73
T60
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
73
T60
Corey Conners
CAN
1
73
T60
Denny McCarthy
USA
1
73
T60
Doc Redman
USA
1
73
T60
Jim Herman
USA
1
73
T60
Jimmy Walker
USA
1
73
T60
Justin Rose
ENG
1
73
T60
Keegan Bradley
USA
1
73
T60
Matthew Wolff
USA
1
73
T60
Maverick McNealy (a)
USA
1
73
T60
Nick Taylor
CAN
1
73
T60
Patrick Rodgers
USA
1
73
T60
Tyler Duncan
USA
1
73
T60
Vaughn Taylor
USA
1
73
T60
Xander Schauffele
USA
1
73
T80
Anirban Lahiri
IND
2
74
T80
Bubba Watson
USA
2
74
T80
Cameron Champ
USA
2
74
T80
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
2
74
T80
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
2
74
T80
Chun-An Yu
TPE
2
74
T80
Jason Day
AUS
2
74
T80
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
74
T80
Kevin Kisner
USA
2
74
T80
Lee Westwood
ENG
2
74
T80
Mark Hubbard
USA
2
74
T80
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
74
T80
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
74
T80
Sam Saunders
USA
2
74
T80
Sepp Straka
AUT
2
74
T80
Viktor Hovland
NOR
2
74
T80
Wyndham Clark
USA
2
74
T80
Zac Blair
USA
2
74
T98
Brandon Matthews
USA
3
75
T98
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
3
75
T98
Charles Howell III
USA
3
75
T98
Lucas Glover
USA
3
75
T98
Matt Jones
AUS
3
75
T98
Russell Knox
SCO
3
75
T98
Sam Ryder
USA
3
75
T98
Sebastian Munoz
COL
3
75
T98
Tony Finau
USA
3
75
T107
Hank Lebioda
USA
4
76
T107
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
4
76
T109
Adam Scott
AUS
5
77
T109
Brian Harman
USA
5
77
T109
Brian Stuard
USA
5
77
T109
Henrik Stenson
SWE
5
77
T109
Pat Perez
USA
5
77
T109
Phil Mickelson
USA
5
77
T109
Vijay Singh
FIJ
5
77
T116
Henrik Norlander
SWE
6
78
T116
Kevin Tway
USA
6
78
118
Nate Lashley
USA
7
79
119
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
8
80
120
Robert Gamez
USA
11
83
121
J. T. Poston
USA
12
84
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