One of the most popular events on the schedule, the Arnold Palmer Invitational always attracts a strong field, and this year is no different, with five of the top six in the world rankings ready to tee it up in the first round on Thursday.
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Here are “Five To Follow “this week at Bay Hill.
TIGER WOODS – Thanks to on and off back issues, it hasn’t been a very good year for the world’s No. 1 ranked player. But there is something about Arnie’s tournament that captures Wood’s attention. He has won the tournament eight times, including the past two years. If his back holds up, look for Tiger to be right there come Sunday afternoon.
JUSTIN ROSE – The current U.S. Open champion is rounding into form, having contended last week at Innisbrook before finishing tied for eighth, five shots behind winner John Senden. In the 2013 Bay Hill tournament, Rose shot 65 on Thursday to grab the first-round lead. He was steady the rest of the way, closing with a 70 and finished second to Woods. If his putter is kind, he will contend this week.
GARY WOODHEAD – Bay Hill plays right to Woodhead’s strength, length. He played well here in 2013, finishing tied for 27th. And at Innisbrook last week, his name dotted the final-day leaderboard. He finished in a tie for eighth, but played better each day, closing with a 69. His length will be a big advantage on some of Bay Hill’s lengthy par fours.
RICKIE FOWLER – The stylish Oklahoma State grad was at the top of the leaderboard entering the final round at Bay Hill a year ago. But he faltered down the stretch with bogeys on 17 and 18 to finish tied for third. That experience should come in handy this year. Fowler took last week off, but in his three prior tournaments he finished third in the Match Play and made the cut at Honda and Doral.
WILL MACKENZIE – This 39-year-old North Carolina native has enjoyed a resurgence this year with four top-10 finishes, including a fourth at the Valspar Championship last week and a sixth in his previous start at the Honda Classic. He is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and his recent steady play should serve him well at Bay Hill this week.