Golfers from the PGA Tour pro circuit have come to Florida to battle it out at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational . The event, born in 1966, takes place on the par 72 course of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Bay Hill , one of the most treacherous playgrounds of the Tour due to the usually windy conditions and the presence of water obstacles beyond the half of the 18 holes.
At the end of the first round, the Northern Irish rider Rory McIlroy is in command, who arrived at the event among the favorites and who, for now, is performing at the expected levels. -7 his exceptional score, obtained thanks to a round in 65 shots embellished with 6 birdies and an extraordinary eagle at hole 16, against a single bogey. McIlroy has already won here in 2018, as well as having found numerous top 10 finishes throughout his career. The start is promising for another great performance in the tournament dedicated to the legendary “Arnie”.
-5 and second position for a trio of stars and stripes players, made up of JJ Spaun, Beau Hossler and the landlord Billy Horsche l, born just an hour’s drive from Bay Hill. A large group of six players with the score of -4 follows. They are the ever-present South Korean Sungjae Im, the two Americans Will Zalatoris and Charles Howell III, the Australian Adam Scott, the expert compatriot of McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and the eternal Englishman Ian Poulter.
The first round of some of the most anticipated protagonists was difficult, above all the world number one Jon Rahm. The Basque player was unable to go beyond the 51st position, obtained with a score equal to par. Rahm also became the protagonist of an event perhaps more unique than rare when he awkwardly missed a putt from just over 20 cm away , barely touching the ball, perhaps while he was still preparing the gesture. A shot behind him is the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, extremely inaccurate on the greens and also the author of an unfortunate triple bogey on hole 14.