Lowry & Scheffler in six-way tie for lead in Florida

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March 9, 2024
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Shane Lowry carded a 71 to retain a share of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It is his first time playing back-to-back under-par rounds (66-71) in his sixth start in the event.

"It's getting a little bit harder," said the Irishman. "I hit some nice shots today that finished over the greens. The greens are definitely firming up. They're fast around the holes. Getting crusty. And we were off early. Yeah, it's obviously a little bit harder today, but there's still a score out there if you play the perfect golf. But, yeah, it takes perfect golf out there to shoot a good score.

"I'm obviously playing well and, yeah, I played well these last two days. Like, I feel like I probably should have shot better than 1-under today. I'll take it. If you had asked me at the start of the day, I probably would have taken it. This course you see with those scores, it can get away from you quite quickly. I said it here yesterday, it's the type of course where you get on a run, you feel like you can birdie every hole, but then it starts getting away from you, you feel like you're never gonna make a par out here, so, yeah, it's that type of course."

Lowry was joined in the lead by five players on Friday. Six 36-hole co-leaders is the most in Arnold Palmer Invitational history by two (4/2010). They have all, except Russell Henley, won major championships since 2019.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama carded a 70 to move into the co-lead and was joined by Americans Henley (69), Brian Harman (68), Wyndham Clark (66) and World number 1 Scottie Scheffler who eagled the par-5 12th and shot three consecutive birdies from the 15th to close with a 67.

"I think I just did a good job of staying patient, and just a great finish, I would say. I think I was even for the round going into 12, and would have been 5-under my last seven, so yeah, just a really good finish," said Scheffler.

"I would say that I'm proud of, the last couple days, getting off to poor starts, missing short putts on No. 11 today and yesterday, and kind of sticking to my process and doing a really good job of not letting things bother me. That's kind of been my main goal this week, not trying to be perfect, just go out there and hit solid putts and see what happens."

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2
T1Shane Lowry-76671
T1Hideki Matsuyama-76770
T1Russell Henley-76869
T1Brian Harman-76968
T1Wyndham Clark-77166
T1Scottie Scheffler-77067
7Will Zalatoris-66969
T8Emiliano Grillo-56970
T8Stephan Jaeger-57267
T10Justin Thomas-46971
T10Byeong Hun An-47169
T10Sahith Theegala-46872
T10Max Homa-47169
T10Nick Taylor-46971
T10Sam Burns-46872
T10Viktor Hovland-47169
T17Corey Conners-37071
T17Sungjae Im-37170
T17C.T. Pan-37170
T17Brendon Todd-37467
T17Lee Hodges-36873
T17Austin Eckroat-37269
T23Cam Davis-27270
T23Harris English-26973
T23Xander Schauffele-27270
T23Min Woo Lee-26973
T23Sepp Straka-26973
T23Andrew Putnam-27171
T23Matthieu Pavon-27468
T30Eric Cole-17073
T30Cameron Young-17370
T30Lucas Glover-17370
T30Jordan Spieth-16974
T30Rory McIlroy-17370
T30Justin Lower-16776
T30Tom Hoge-17271
T30Taylor Moore-17271
T30Chris Kirk-16974
T39Webb SimpsonE7371
T39Adam HadwinE6975
T39Jason DayE7074
T42Grayson Murray17273
T42Erik van Rooyen17273
T42Si Woo Kim17570
T42J.T. Poston17174
T46Denny McCarthy27274
T46Patrick Cantlay27472
T46Seamus Power27274
T46Nick Dunlap27274
T46Mackenzie Hughes27571
T46Keegan Bradley27175
T46Patrick Rodgers27274
T53Jake Knapp37770
T53Ludvig Åberg37374
T53Luke List36978
T53Tom Kim37374
T53Rickie Fowler37572
T53Christiaan Bezuidenhout37473
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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2024

Date: March 7th - 10th 2024

Location: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge Orlando, FL • USA

Purse: $20,000,000

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