PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational
Site: Orlando, Fla.
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,162 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
Television (all times PDT): Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, noon-3
p.m., 5:30-8:30 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole
for a one-stroke victory, his fifth consecutive PGA Tour victory and
fifth Bay Hill win.
Last week: South Africa’s Retief Goosen won the Transitions
Championship for his first PGA Tour win in nearly four years. Goosen
beat Charles Howell III and Brett Quigley by a stroke on Innisbrook’s
Notes: Woods is making his third start since returning from a left
knee injury that sidelined him eight months. He opened in the Accenture
Match Play, beating Brendan Jones and losing to Tim Clark, then tied
for ninth two weeks ago in the CA Championship at Doral. After sweeping
the 2000-03 Bay Hill titles, winning by a tournament-record 11 strokes
in 2003, Woods tied for 20th, 23rd, 46th and 22nd in his next four
starts before winning last year. He also won the 1991 U.S. Junior
winner at Bay Hill. … Phil Mickelson, the 1997 champion, is coming off
a victory at Doral. He also won at Riviera. … Gig Harbor’s Kyle
Stanley, a junior at Clemson, is in the field by way of his Southern
Amateur victory last summer. He is playing on a sponsor’s exemption. …
Tournament host Arnold Palmer is 79. … British Open and PGA winner
Padraig Harrington is making his first Bay Hill start since 2000. …
Davis Love III is 47th in the world ranking, putting him in position to
qualify for the Masters. The top 50 after the week will earn spots at
Augusta National. … Ryo Ishikawa and Erik Compton are in the field. The
17-year-old Ishikawa, a two-time winner on the Japanese tour, was 71st
last week at Innisbrook in his second PGA Tour start. Compton is
playing his fourth tour event since having his second heart transplant
in May 2008. … The Houston Open is next week.
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