Arnold Palmer Invitational | Moving Day is Today
ORLANDO - Viktor Hovland holds a two-stroke lead, his third career 36-hole lead/co-lead in an individual stroke-play event on the PGA Tour. He is 1-for-2 to date converting the 36-hole lead to a win.
First-round leader Rory McIlroy fell to T-2 following even-par (72) effort in R-2.
Three of the four past Arnold Palmer Invitational champions in the field are T-6 or better, including Tyrrell Hatton (T-2/2020), Rory McIlroy (T-2/2018), Martin Laird (T-6/2011), and Marc Leishman (T-20/2017)
World No. 1 Jinx? Jon Rahm (T-13/-2) trails by seven at midway point. The last World No. 1 to win the event was Tiger Woods (2009) and the last World No. 1 to win on the PGA Tour was Dustin Johnson (2020 Masters Tournament).
Yesterday’s 3-over cutline marks the highest 36-hole cut this season.
Leaderboard After 36 Holes at API:
Viktor Hovland 69-66—135 (-9)
Tyrrell Hatton 69-68—137 (-7)
Talor Gooch 69-68—137 (-7)
Rory McIlroy 65-72—137 (-7)
Billy Horschel 67-71—138 (-6)
Full Leaderboard: (link)
Note: Most of the PGA Tour Brunch coverage this week will focus on the main Arnold Palmer Invitational, with some news or a newsworthy clip on the Puerto Rico Open to be included, as appropriate.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
COURSE: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida
ARCHITECTS: Dick Wilson\Joe Lee
YARDS/PAR: 7,462 yards/Par 72
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $12,000,000/$2,160,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Bryson DeChambeau
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points to Winner: 550
TV COVERAGE: Today’s and Sunday’s coverage is set for 12:30pm to 2:30pm (ET) on Golf Channel and 2:30 to 6:00pm (ET) on NBC.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage from Bay Hill will be featured on ESPN-Plus today with Main Feed, Featured Hole and Featured Groups from 7:30am to 6:00pm (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Today’s coverage on Sirius XM Radio runs from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and Sunday from 1:00 to 6:30pm (ET). PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATourCom.
How to Watch the Arnold Palmer Invitational: (ESPNCom)
How to Watch: In case of changes, visit: (PGATourCom)
Puerto Rico Open:
Past Results: (link)
Past Champions: (link)
Tournament Home Page: (link)
How to Watch the Puerto Rico Open: (link)
Leaderboard After 36 Holes: (link)
Arnold Palmer Invitational Tee Times today run from 7:10am (ET) to 1:19pm (ET).
Weather: Abundant sunshine with a high of 86-degrees. Winds blowing 10-20 mph. A 3% chance of rain. Similar forecast for Sunday but with winds (10-15 mph). High near a record 88-degrees.
PGA Tour Brunch will post at 8:00AM (ET) Sunday.
Next Week: THE PLAYERS
What They’re Saying:
Hovland Leads After 36 at API (PGATourCom)
Rory: “We’re going to be in for a wild ride” (Golf Week/USA Today)
Saturday Tee Times and TV Tips for API (Golf Week)
Brehm Takes Big Step with 36-hole Lead at Puerto Rico Open (Golf Week/USAT)
Upcoming: PLAYERS field includes Bryson but not Phil (ESPN)
On This Day in Golf History:
March 5, 2017 - Dustin Johnson won his first start as the world No. 1 player in the World Golf Championship in Mexico City, defeating runner-up Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke. Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
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