The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill comes on the heels of what was quite possibly the most entertaining tournament of the year. The Valspar Championship ended in a three-man playoff won by Jordan Speith on a 28-foot putt.
This tournament is extremely important for the world’s No. 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy. McIlroy enters this tournament for the first time of his career, and he’ll look to have a strong showing at Bay Hill to propel himself as the Masters favorite. McIlroy finished tied for ninth place at the Honda Classic, which was his last outing. He has not fared well this season, and the golf world is starting to take notice. Look for him to have a strong showing at Bay Hill this week or the murmurs may intensify.
A lot of people expected Tiger Woods to make his return this week at Bay Hill. Woods announced that he wouldn’t be making the trip to the house that Arnie built. Woods won the tournament four times in a row from 2000-2003.
Speith, Jason Day, and the other golfers who have won tournaments this season will attempt to do something that hasn’t been done this season, which is win again. No golfer has won two tournaments in 2014-2015, which began in October. Speith has been playing great golf, and fans should expect him to ride that momentum into Bay Hill.
It will be interesting to see the dynamic of McIlroy, Day, and Rickie Fowler in the same group. This group tees off at 12:56 P.M. on Thursday and 8:01 A.M. on Friday. Fowler and Day have made 5 career starts at Bay Hill, and Fowler finished tied for 3rd in 2015. Fowler has had 2 top 10 finishes in 2015, and has a round average of 70.8 this season. However, he is ranked 71st in the FedEx Cup standings, a mark which he will look to improve at Bay Hill.
This tournament brings in major-type talent. Some of the world’s best golfers are taking the stage at Bay Hill. Golfers across the board are looking to tighten the screws of their game before the Masters, which is quickly approaching.
There’s nothing like seeing the top golfers in the world, including Speith, Day, McIlroy and Fowler, in person to appreciate how good these guys really are. Reserving flights to Orlando through Hipmunk.com will give you affordable prices for a multitude of options. There’s no need to rush out of sunny Orlando, with Hipmunk having hotels in Orlando from $74 right by the golf course.