Tour Tracker: Scott maintains lead at Palmer
Saturday, March 22, 2014
PHOTOS: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Round 3
View images from Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
Adam Scott remains atop the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard – not with the comfortable margin he had to start the day, but not much worse after a 71 that has him 15 under.
Keegan Bradley roared to second place with a 66 that saw him birdie three straight holes twice – starting and finishing his back nine. Matt Every also shot 66 and is T-3 with Jason Kokrak.
Recap the day's action in sunny Orlando, Fla., right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage:
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Update #25: 5:50 p.m. EST
Leader Adam Scott hits a booming drive down the fairway, then finds the green at the 18th. His first putt barely misses, but keeps rolling more than 5 feet past. But the comebacker is true for his third straight round under par here this week, a 71, and a three-shot lead going into Sunday.
"It's fun, don't you think? I really enjoyed the golf today, it was tough, you know, I got off to a tough start and just fought my way back all day," Scott told NBC. "They don't just hand you PGA Tour events when you've got the lead after 36. You've got to go work for them. No doubt everyone made a move today, and I was battling, but I'm in good shape for tomorrow."
Bradley will play alongside Scott on Sunday. He says it's his work on the greens that has made the difference.
"I've been hitting the ball really nicely all week, all year really. But today the putter and the last two days the putter has really gotten going, which is a good sign," Bradley told NBC. "I was talking with Dr. Bob and my buddy Jon, who just won last week at Nationwide, just told me to relax and not overread putts, and just see it like you're a little kid. . . . I just was trying to be more relaxed and confident on the greens, and it worked."
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Update #24: 5:43 p.m. EST
Francesco Molinari bogeys the last after missing the fairway in the left rough and hitting his second shot into a left-side bunker, then missing out on the sand save. That wraps up a 69 that has him T-5 at 10 under.
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Update #23: 5:38 p.m. EST
Leader Adam Scott just misses the green left at the par-3 17th, then chips past the hole and misses a comebacker – dropping back to 15 under, three ahead of Keegan Bradley.
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Update #22: 5:31 p.m. EST
Adam Scott is opening his lead back up after all, with his first back-to-back birdies of the day at Nos. 15-16 getting him to 3 under since the turn and 16 under for the tournament.
Bradley, however, birdies the 18th with a tight approach shot and a short putt to move into second alone at 12 under, four back.
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Update #21: 5:18 p.m. EST
Another birdie for Keegan Bradley, this one at the 17th, lifts him to T-2 and 11 under, four shots back of leader Adam Scott. Bradley, a St. Johns product, is 5 under for the day as he seeks his first win since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone.
Matt Every gets to the clubhouse at 11 under with a 66 – the day's low round so far.
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Update #20: 5:11 p.m. EST
Leader Adam Scott is at 15 under after a birdie-bogey-birdie sequence. That's got him four shots clear of Matt Every and Francesco Molinari.
Keegan Bradley birdies the 16th to move to T-4 at 10 under with Jason Kokrak and Chesson Hadley also on that mark.
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Update #19: 4:16 p.m. EST
Let's check in on players in the field who started the week in the top 20 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings:
- 2. Adam Scott: Leader, 14 under (even through 10 holes today)
- 7. Zach Johnson: T-44, 1 under (1-over 73 today)
- 8. Justin Rose: MC (71-79)
- 9. Bubba Watson: WD (allergies; 1st-round 83)
- 10. Henrik Stenson: T-16, 5 under (3-under 69)
- 13. Harris English: T-38, 2 under (2 over through 17)
- 20. Lee Westwood: MC (75-76)
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Update #18: 4:04 p.m. EST
Snap. Chesson Hadley gets back in a birdie frame of mind, bettering par for the first time since the sixth hole with an approach inside 10 feet and a good putt. Hadley moves back to 11 under.
Leader Adam Scott, however, answers with a birdie of his own at the 10th thanks to a 30-footer or so – and the reigning Masters champion maintains a three-shot margin.
Keegan Bradley's third straight birdie since making the turn lifts him to T-3 alongside Jason Kokrak.
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Update #17: 3:49 p.m. EST
Keegan Bradley birdies again, this time at the 11th to move to 9 under and T-4 alongside Francesco Molinari – and Matt Every, who makes a long birdie putt at the 13th.
Jason Kokrak birdies the 11th with a solid drive, fine approach to inside 25 feet and a putt that's on the mark, lifting himself to T-2 alongside Chesson Hadley and three shots back of leader Adam Scott. Hadley pars his third straight hole since a bogey at the seventh and Scott does the same since his birdie at the sixth.
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Update #16: 3:34 p.m. EST
Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson birdie the 10th hole to climb to T-4 at 8 under alongside Charles Howell III and Francesco Molinari.
Trevor Immelman gets back to even par for the day with an eagle chip-in at the 16th (mobile readers can see the video here). That's why you leave the flagstick in from off the green.
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Update #15: 3:19 p.m. EST
Patrick Reed, who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship two weeks ago, wraps up a 2-under 70 that moves him to T-20 thanks in part to a scrambling par at the 18th.
"I probably hit the worst drive of the week, you know, block-sliced way right, and I ended up on the walking path up 16, which was nice. I had a pretty good lie, and it was just kinda guesstimation on the number, and I erred about 5 yards longer than what I thought it was going to be playing," Reed told Golf Channel. "So it just happened to be a perfect shot, actually, ended up barely covering the water and ended up 10-12 feet from the hole. And I hit a great putt, it's just with how fast these greens are, especially on 18, if you hit your ball above the hole you can't be aggressive; that putt breaks about a foot and a half, I just under-read it just a little bit."
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Update #14: 3:13 p.m. EST
Another birdie-bogey sequence atop the leaderboard changes the feel of the tournament. This time it's in Adam Scott's favor, stretching his lead to three shots over Chesson Hadley. Scott birdies the par-5 sixth hole, while Hadley bogeys the par-3 seventh.
Jason Kokrak makes the turn in third place, with three straight pars under his belt at 9 under.
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Update #13: 2:56 p.m. EST
Another bogey for Adam Scott at the par-4 fifth, while Chesson Hadley makes a 3 footer for birdie. The lead is only one. Scott is at 12 under and Hadley gets to 11 under. Jason Kokrak is three shots back and Keegan Bradley is four shots back.
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Update #12: 2:48 p.m. EST
Top-five player in the world? Patrick Reed rolls in an eagle attempt at the par-5 16th at Bay Hill. Reed is currently 4 under for the tournament – 2 under for his third round – and has a good look at birdie at the 18th.
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Update #11: 2:40 p.m. EST
Birdie-snap for Chesson Hadley on the fifth hole from 22 feet. That cuts into Adam Scott's lead again and Hadley is only three shots back of the reigning Masters champion.
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Update #10: 2:35 p.m. EST
Jason Kokrak with birdies on Nos. 4-6 allow Kokrak to get to 9 under for the tournament thru five holes in Saturday's third round. With leader Adam Scott struggling early, Kokrak only four shots back of Scott and tied with Chesson Hadley.
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Update #9: 2:23 p.m. EST
Graeme McDowell was off the course an hour or so before the leaders even teed off, but he finished with a bogey-free 67 after shooting a 5-over 77 in the second round. A nice bounce back for the 15-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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Update #8: 2:09 p.m. EST
Puerto Rico Open champion Chesson Hadley makes a long birdie attempt at the par-3 second to get to 8 under and solo position of second-place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Leader Adam Scott opens with a bogey after three-putting the first green from 54 feet.
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Update #7: 1:42 p.m. EST
Watch as Oklahoma State freshman Zachary Olsen makes his 24-foot eagle putt at the par-5 16th. Olsen went on to make an 11-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th. He just missed another long birdie attempt at the 18th to settle for an even-par 72 on Day 3 at Bay Hill. Olsen is also even par for the tournament.
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Update #6: 1:38 p.m. EST
Matt Jones with four birdies on the day at the par-72 Bay Hill. He has made consecutive birdies on Nos. 3-4 and 10-11 to climb the leaderboard at 6 under.
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Update #5: 1:18 p.m. EST
One of three amateurs to make the cut – Oklahoma State freshman Zachary Olsen – struggled on the front nine going out in 40, but is 3 under over his last five holes (Nos. 12-16) on the back nine. He made a 24 foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th for eagle. Olsen is currently 1 over for the tournament.
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Update #4: 12:48 p.m. EST
Kevin Chappell comes out firing early in the third round. The UCLA graduate makes birdies on Nos. 1-3 by making putts from 8 feet or less. That gets him to 6 under for the tournament and into a tie for fifth. Leader Adam Scott tees off in an hour.
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Update #3: 12:33 p.m. EST
Billy Horschel makes a long birdie putt from 23 feet at Bay Hill on Saturday. He is currently 3 under on the day and for the tournament. Like Horschel, an alum, the Florida Gators are looking to have a good day on the court as they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
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Update #2: 12:11 p.m. EST
Retief Goosen makes his first bogey of the day on the par-3 13th. He missed a 6 foot putt to save par and drops back to 4 under for the tournament.
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Update #1: 11:43 a.m. EST
Round 3 is underway at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, and David Love III is making his move on Moving Day. Love is 4 under through seven holes after birdieing four of his first five holes. He is currently 5 under for the tournament and T-10.
Retief Goosen is also storming up the leaderboard by going 5 under through 11 holes and is 4 under for the tournament (T-17).
The leaders tee off in just under two hours.
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While it wasn't a 10-under 62, Adam Scott's 4-under 68 allowed him to keep his foot on the collective throat of his competition at Bay Hill, with the World No. 2 taking a seven-shot lead into the weekend.
PHOTOS: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Round 2
View images from Round 2 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on Friday.
A day after shooting 10-under 62 to tie the tournament record, Adam Scott added to his lead Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's second round at Bay Hill.
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Rookie Chesson Hadley has had plenty of bumps in his road to his current T-2 standing at Bay Hill – yet the Georgia Tech grad is still within striking distance of a spot in next month's Masters.
When Keegan Bradley finished up play Friday afternoon at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he had the round of the day, a 5-under 67 that included six birdies and one bogey.
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Suffering from mild flu symptoms, Adam Scott tied the tournament record with a 10-under 62 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
PHOTOS: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Round 1
Check out images from Round 1 play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
With Tiger Woods withdrawing Tuesday, Adam Scott was left as the headliner of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Thursday, he didn't disappoint, shooting 10-under 62 to take a three-shot lead on Ryo Ishikawa and John Merrick.
Bubba Watson withdrew shortly after his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Thursday at Bay Hill, citing allergies.
Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 19-year-old amateur from England, is making his second PGA Tour start this week at Bay Hill. Thursday, the defending U.S. Amateur champ shot 1-under 71.
Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday.
Adam Scott went out early Thursday morning and put up a 10-under 62 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The opening-round score not only tied the tournament record, it also gave Scott a three-shot lead after one round at Bay Hill.
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PHOTOS: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Wednesday
Check out images from Wednesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.
Tiger Woods can be ready for the Masters (April 10-13) with the proper treatment on his spasming back, Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, founder of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Fla., said Wednesday.
Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings when someone orders an Arnold Palmer.
Scott Langley seeks a springboard from his top-three finish at the Valspar Championship, while Will MacKenzie enjoys a successful return -- plus more news and notes from the PGA Tour this week.
Best spring break ever? Oklahoma State’s Zachary Olsen is playing in his first PGA Tour event at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which begins on Thursday.
As disappointing as it would be to withdraw from the Masters, if Tiger Wood's back is not completely healed by April 1, he should do exactly that, and for every event until he's healthy, says David Dusek.
Patrick Reed, with college and family ties to Augusta, Ga., can't avoid dreams of the Masters while playing this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. -- including a barefoot vision.
Golf’s newest three-time winner has gone old school in practice: Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month.
Even when explaining how fatigue has contributed to his slow start this year, Henrik Stenson maintains a sense of humor from homebuilding delays to pesky critters to peskier cellphone ringtones.
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