Round 1 Leaderboard, Notes: Arnold Palmer Invitational


Emiliano Grillo and Matthew Fitzpatrick fired matching 5-under 67s during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and co-lead through 18 holes at Bay Hill. The trio of Lucas Glover, Paul Casey, and Charley Hoffman are tied for the third spot at 4-under, and round out the top-5. Defending champ, Jason Day, is just three shots back at -2.


Player Notes

  • Emiliano Grillo had quite the turnaround. After four holes, the 24-year-old Argentinian was at 2-over. But then carded 7 birdies over the next 13 holes to finish on top of the board.
  • Old friend Greg Chalmers had himself a nice opening round at Bay Hill. The 43-year-old Aussie, who finally broke through last season with a win at the Barracuda, has struggled to start the new season (T62, T50, CUT, 28, CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT, T57, CUT). But on Thursday, Chalmers was solid all around, dropping four birdies against a lone bogey to end the day at -3 and tied for 6th place.
  • World No 2 Jason Day was the best of the “best.” Of the players ranked inside the world top-10, only Day ended the day in the red (-2). Despite struggling with his accuracy (57% DRV ACC, 55% GIR), the 29-year-old was consistent on the greens, draining several clutch putts.
  • Si Woo Kim had an up and down round, dropping four birdies against three bogeys. The 21-year-old Kim will take it, though, considering his rounds lately haven’t had too many ups. The young Korean star has struggled badly this season, missing the weekend in eight of 12 starts.
  • Bubba Watson is at even-par which is a good sign for the two-time Masters champ. The 38-year-old Watson has had a horrific start to the new season, missing the weekend in three of his 6 starts, with his best finish a T25 at the SBS back in early January. Watson had 4 birdies (3 of them coming on par-5s) against 4 bogeys.
  • Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, is a player many fans are rooting for this weekend. And it appeared the 29-year-old, 431st ranked player in the world, was making for a nice opening-round storyline. The Clemson grad was at even-par, and inside the top-25, as he headed to the 18th tee. But after an errant second shot, and 1-stroke penalty, the storyline sort of crumbled. Saunders double bogeyed the final hole, and ended the day at +2 and T58.


Round One Leaderboard

T1Emiliano Grillo-5
T1Matthew Fitzpatrick-5
T3Lucas Glover-4
T3Paul Casey-4
T3Charley Hoffman-4
T6Greg Chalmers-3
T6Ryan Ruffels-3
T8Francesco Molinari-2
T8Jason Day-2
T8Stewart Cink-2
T8Kevin Kisner-2
T8David Hearn-2
T8Louis Oosthuizen-2
T8Trevor Immelman-2
T8Adam Hadwin-2
T8Aaron Baddeley-2
T8Alexander Noren-2
T8Harold Varner, III-2
T8J.J. Spaun-2
T20Jeunghun Wang-1
T20Justin Rose-1
T20Vaughn Taylor-1
T20Si Woo Kim-1
T20Marc Leishman-1
T20Kevin Na-1
T20Keegan Bradley-1
T20Luke List-1
T28Ian PoulterE
T28Kevin ChappellE
T28Tim HerronE
T28Charl SchwartzelE
T28Ryan MooreE
T28Bubba WatsonE
T28Tyrrell HattonE
T28Tony FinauE
T28Billy HorschelE
T28Michael KimE
T28Jason KokrakE
T28Greg OwenE
T28Brian HarmanE
T28Russell HenleyE
T28Graeme McDowellE
T28Charles Howell IIIE
T28Brandt SnedekerE
T28Jamie LovemarkE
T46Kyle Stanley1
T46Ben Martin1
T46Hideki Matsuyama1
T46Hudson Swafford1
T46Martin Kaymer1
T46Brandon Hagy1
T46Ollie Schniederjans1
T46Jim Herman1
T46Matt Every1
T46Rod Pampling1
T46James Hahn1
T46Rob Oppenheim1
T58John Daly2
T58Seung-yul Noh2
T58Fabian Gomez2
T58Roberto Castro2
T58Chad Campbell2
T58Matthias Schwab2
T58Chez Reavie2
T58John Huh2
T58Cameron Smith2
T58Rickie Fowler2
T58Rory McIlroy2
T58Sam Saunders2
T58Pat Perez2
T58David Lingmerth2
T58William McGirt2
T58Derek Fathauer2
T58Bud Cauley2
T75Patton Kizzire3
T75Cheng Tsung Pan3
T75Kevin Streelman3
T75Blayne Barber3
T75Henrik Stenson3
T75Danny Lee3
T75Webb Simpson3
T75Zach Johnson3
T75Sean O'Hair3
T75Thorbjorn Olesen3
T75Kyle Reifers3
T75Billy Hurley III3
T75Ernie Els3
T75Retief Goosen3
T75Branden Grace3
T75Camilo Villegas3
T75Boo Weekley3
T92Geoff Ogilvy4
T92Daniel Summerhays4
T92Harris English4
T92Troy Merritt4
T92Graham DeLaet4
T92David Hronek4
T92Byeong-Hun An4
T92Morgan Hoffmann4
T92Brian Stuard4
T92Chris Kirk4
T92Thomas Pieters4
T103Steve Wheatcroft5
T103Martin Laird5
T103Wesley Bryan5
T103Cody Gribble5
T107Tommy Fleetwood6
T107Smylie Kaufman6
T107Brooks Koepka6
T110Anirban Lahiri7
T110Vijay Singh7
T110Steven Bowditch7
T110Mackenzie Hughes7
T110Robert Gamez7
T110Robby Shelton7
T110Curtis Luck7
T110Kelly Kraft7
118Grayson Murray9
119Scott Brown10
120Patrick Rodgers11


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