Arnold Palmer Invitational R2

Corey Conners takes solo lead heading into the weekend

March 04-07
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Corey Conners started the day tied for the lead and an early bogey at the par-3 4th did not look promising but he kept calm and saved par on seven occasions, made two birdies and took the lead with a 25-foot eagle putt at the par-5 16th, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot lead at 9-under.


Conners has won only once on Tour, at the 2019 Valero Texas Open, and has only once held the lead heading into the weekend, at the 2018 Valspar Championship where he closed with a 77.

“I haven’t really been in this position a lot, but I have a lot of confidence in my game and feeling really relaxed the last few days, so try and keep that going,” said Conners. “I feel like I have a lot of energy. I had an off week last week and really excited for the weekend.”



Martin Laird, who won in 2011 with a final round 75, fired four birdies, an eagle at the par-5 12th and a bogey at the par-4 15th for a 67 and lies one shot behind Conners.

Overnight co-leader Rory McIlroy slipped down to a tie for third place alongside Viktor Hovland (68) and Lanto Griffin (68) after shooting four birdies, three bogeys and closing with five consecutive pars for a 71.


“It could have been the round that I could have shot 74 or 75. I got in with 71 and pretty happy with that,” said McIlroy.

Bryson DeChambeau struggled on the front nine making three bogeys and two birdies to make the turn in 37. Two birdies on the back nine let him close with a 71 and sixth place at 6-under.



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Players are now bracing for the weather as the forecast calls for heavy rain on Saturday which would make Bay Hill play longer and harder.

“We’ll just see what happens and be ready for anything,” said Conners.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Corey Conners
-9
66
69
135
2
Martin Laird
-8
69
67
136
T3
Lanto Griffin *
-7
69
68
137
T3
Viktor Hovland *
-7
69
68
137
T3
Rory McIlroy
-7
66
71
137
6
Bryson DeChambeau
-6
67
71
138
T7
Paul Casey *
-5
70
69
139
T7
Sungjae Im
-5
69
70
139
T7
Justin Rose
-5
71
68
139
T7
Jordan Spieth
-5
70
69
139
T11
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-4
70
70
140
T11
Matthew Fitzpatrick *
-4
69
71
140
T11
Tommy Fleetwood *
-4
70
70
140
T11
Max Homa *
-4
70
70
140
T11
Jazz Janewattananond *
-4
75
65
140
T11
Richy Werenski
-4
71
69
140
T11
Lee Westwood *
-4
69
71
140
T18
Chris Kirk *
-3
71
70
141
T18
Jason Kokrak *
-3
68
73
141
T18
Will Zalatoris *
-3
73
68
141
T21
Byeong Hun An
-2
68
74
142
T21
Jason Day *
-2
70
72
142
T21
Robert MacIntyre *
-2
71
71
142
T21
Kevin Na *
-2
71
71
142
T21
Andrew Putnam *
-2
70
72
142
T26
Keegan Bradley
-1
69
74
143
T26
Harris English *
-1
73
70
143
T26
Charley Hoffman *
-1
71
72
143
T26
Luke List *
-1
71
72
143
T26
Maverick McNealy
-1
71
72
143
T26
Alex Noren *
-1
72
71
143
T26
Victor Perez
-1
69
74
143
T26
Ian Poulter *
-1
70
73
143
T26
Brendan Steele *
-1
71
72
143
T26
Steve Stricker *
-1
72
71
143
T26
Matt Wallace *
-1
70
73
143
T26
Bernd Wiesberger *
-1
72
71
143
T38
Jason Dufner *
E
74
70
144
T38
Tyler Duncan *
E
72
72
144
T38
Doug Ghim
E
71
73
144
T38
William Gordon
E
72
72
144
T38
Padraig Harrington
E
70
74
144
T38
Tyrrell Hatton
E
77
67
144
T38
Bo Hoag *
E
74
70
144
T38
Zach Johnson
E
74
70
144
T38
Danny Lee
E
73
71
144
T38
Keith Mitchell *
E
73
71
144
T38
Sebastián Muñoz
E
68
76
144
T38
Chez Reavie *
E
74
70
144
T38
Brendon Todd
E
74
70
144
T38
Harold Varner III
E
72
72
144
T38
Danny Willett *
E
73
71
144
T53
Branden Grace *
1
74
71
145
T53
Emiliano Grillo
1
71
74
145
T53
Mark Hubbard
1
71
74
145
T53
John Huh
1
74
71
145
T53
Kevin Kisner
1
73
72
145
T53
Patton Kizzire *
1
76
69
145
T53
Russell Knox
1
74
71
145
T53
Hideki Matsuyama *
1
75
70
145
T53
Denny McCarthy
1
72
73
145
T53
Patrick Rodgers *
1
73
72
145
T53
Cameron Tringale *
1
70
75
145
T53
Kristoffer Ventura *
1
75
70
145
T65
Rickie Fowler *
2
76
70
146
T65
Lucas Glover *
2
72
74
146
T65
Talor Gooch
2
73
73
146
T65
Charles Howell III
2
74
72
146
T65
Henrik Norlander *
2
71
75
146
T65
Pat Perez
2
75
71
146
T65
Doc Redman *
2
73
73
146
T65
Brandt Snedeker
2
75
71
146
T65
Erik van Rooyen *
2
72
74
146
CUT
Tom Hoge
3
74
73
147
CUT
Patrick Reed
3
73
74
147
CUT
Cameron Davis
4
76
72
148
CUT
Matt Jones
4
76
72
148
CUT
Peter Malnati
4
70
78
148
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
4
72
76
148
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
4
74
74
148
CUT
Cameron Percy
4
72
76
148
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
4
70
78
148
CUT
Henrik Stenson
4
73
75
148
CUT
Robert Streb
4
78
70
148
CUT
Hudson Swafford
4
78
70
148
CUT
Nick Taylor
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sam Burns
5
77
72
149
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
5
79
70
149
CUT
Jim Herman
5
75
74
149
CUT
Billy Horschel
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sung Kang
5
72
77
149
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
5
71
78
149
CUT
Marc Leishman
5
74
75
149
CUT
Shane Lowry
5
75
74
149
CUT
Graeme McDowell
5
79
70
149
CUT
Aaron Wise
5
75
74
149
CUT
Wyndham Clark
6
74
76
150
CUT
Joel Dahmen
6
74
76
150
CUT
Paul Goydos
6
73
77
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
6
72
78
150
CUT
J.T. Poston
6
76
74
150
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
6
76
74
150
CUT
Cameron Champ
7
77
74
151
CUT
Adam Hadwin
7
79
72
151
CUT
Adam Long
7
70
81
151
CUT
Sepp Straka
7
73
78
151
CUT
Brian Stuard
7
74
77
151
CUT
Camilo Villegas
7
81
70
151
CUT
Austin Cook
8
75
77
152
CUT
Matt Every
8
76
76
152
CUT
Brian Gay
8
78
74
152
CUT
Tim Herron
8
73
79
152
CUT
Kramer Hickok
8
76
76
152
CUT
Francesco Molinari
8
78
74
152
CUT
Matthias Schmid (a)
8
76
76
152
CUT
Kyle Stanley
8
76
76
152
CUT
John Augenstein
9
83
70
153
CUT
Tyler McCumber
10
79
75
154
CUT
Rod Perry
10
78
76
154
CUT
Robby Shelton
12
76
80
156
CUT
Kamaiu Johnson
19
84
79
163
WD
Si Woo Kim
E
DQ
Robert Gamez
E
* Player started on the back nine
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