Horschel, Gooch share the lead on a brutal day at Bay Hill
Horschel was buried in deep rough behind the 18th green and facing a fast chip down the hill. From the collar, he was able to use putter and his 30-foot putt trickled into the cup. “To make that putt on 18, to shoot 1 under on a really tough day is really satisfying,” he said. Jones, meanwhile, hit a brilliant approach on the 11th hole to 8 feet only to have the putt slide off line. A year ago on Saturday at Bay Hill, Homa was playing with Jazz Janewattananond when the Thai made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole.wftv.com
Hovland with 2-shot lead at Bay Hill as McIlroy falters late
This time, he has a good idea what to expect on the weekend at Bay Hill. Tied for the lead, McIlroy missed a 4-foot par putt, putts from 8 feet on the next two holes for birdie and par, and he finished off his 72 by missing a good birdie chance from 15 feet. Hovland was two shots out of the lead going into the weekend last year when he closed with rounds of 77-78 and wound up 15 shots behind. “Those are the sort of greens you expect to see late on a Sunday, not late on a Friday,” McIlroy said. McIlroy, who had 30 putts, was told that Hovland needed only 23 putts and Hatton only 22.wftv.com
Rory McIlroy with 65 off to another great start at Bay Hill
Bay Hill Golf Rory McIlroy hits from the third tee box during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Rory McIlroy opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and had reason to expect a score like this at Bay Hill, not so much because of the course but rather the day of the week. With three birdies and a 40-foot eagle on the par 5s, McIlroy set a daunting target for Jon Rahm and the others playing in the afternoon. But there is a rhythm to playing Bay Hill that makes McIlroy comfortable, mainly taking advantage of the par 5s and some of the shorter par 4s. “I played the par 5s particularly well, and that was the bulk of the score,” he said. His lone victory at Bay Hill was a 67-64 finish, so he does know how to close.wftv.com
Westwood leads at Sawgrass, gets another shot at DeChambeau
That's how it was last week at Bay Hill, when DeChambeau came from one shot behind to beat Westwood with a par on the final hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Westwood, who turns 48 next month, no longer has to go up a few classes to face DeChambeau, golf's fearsome heavyweight. Also four shots behind was Brian Harman, who began his day by holing a wedge for eagle and shot 69. DeChambeau can't blast away at Sawgrass because of the bending tree-lined fairways and water hazards. He also knows from recent experience — seven days ago — that it might not be easy the way Westwood is playing.
McIlroy, DeChambeau put on a show for fans at Bay Hill
The fans were limited in numbers but they all wanted the same dose of entertainment provided by Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton shot a 77, while past Bay Hill winner Francesco Molinari took a step back from his progress with a 78. He made three of his birdies on par 3s, the strength of Bay Hill. Through it all, it was the activity outside the ropes at Bay Hill that stood out. The tournament is allowing 25% of capacity — roughly 5,000 fans a day — and when most are watching some of golf's bigger draws such as McIlroy, DeChambeau and Spieth, it feels even larger.
Orlando Whole Foods employee tests positive for COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. An employee with Whole Foods at the Bay Hill store on Turkey Lake Road has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson with the grocer. The safety of our Team Members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities. Weve been working closely with our store Team Members, and are supporting the diagnosed Team Members, who are in quarantine, a Whole Foods spokesperson said. Officials with the grocer said enhanced daily cleanings and disinfection of stores take place as well. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.