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Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 15th – 18th, 2018

Bay Hill Club

Orlando, FL

Par: 72 / Yardage:

Purse: $8.9 million

with $1,602,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Marc Leishman

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 53 of the top 100 and 24 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with four players from the top-ten: #5 Justin Rose, #6 Hideki Matsuyama, #7 Rickie Fowler and #10 Jason Day. The other top 50 players are #11 Tommy Fleetwood, #13 Rory McIlroy, #14 Tyrrell Hatton, #15 Henrik Stenson, #16 Marc Leishman, #17 Alex Noren, #22 Brian Harman, #23 Patrick Reed, #25 Francesco Molinari, #26 Charley Hoffman, #29 Louis Oosthuizen, #31 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, #33 Matthew Fitzpatrick, #36 Kevin Kisner, #37 Kevin Chappell, #38 Bubba Watson, #40 Li Haotong, #44 Satoshi Kodaira, #49 Yuta Ikeda and #50 Cameron Smith.

Last year 28 of the top 50 players were in the field

The field includes 13 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for this year.  Those players are # 2 Patton Kizzire, # 10 Jason Day, # 14 Brian Harman, # 15 Justin Rose, # 16 Austin Cook, # 17 Luke List, # 18 Bubba Watson, # 19 Chesson Hadley, # 20 Alex Noren, # 21 Ted Potter, Jr., # 22 Cameron Smith, #23 Marc Leishman and # 24 James Hahn.

The field includes 9 past champions: Marc Leishman (2017), Jason Day (2016), Matt Every (2015 & ’14), Tiger Woods (2013, ’12, ’09, ’08, ’03, ’02, ’01 & 2000), Martin Laird (2011), Ernie Els (2010 & 1998), Vijay Singh (2007), Tim Herron (1999) and Robert Gamez (1990).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field is our performance chart listed by the average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Player Valspar Indian Open WGC Mexico Honda Classic Genesis Open Qatar Masters AT&T Pebble Phoenix Open Farmers Dubai Classic CareerBuilder Challenge Abu Dhabi Sony Open
Alex Noren
(219.33 pts)
DNP DNP T14
(54)
3
(90)
T16
(22.67)
DNP DNP T21
(19.33)
T2
(33.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tommy Fleetwood
(206.67 pts)
DNP DNP T14
(54)
4
(80)
T37
(8.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T6
(20)
DNP Win
(44)
DNP
Luke List
(172 pts)
T16
(34)
DNP DNP 2
(100)
T26
(16)
DNP DNP T26
(16)
T12
(12.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Bubba Watson
(168.83 pts)
DNP DNP T9
(67.5)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP T35
(10)
T40
(6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Tyrrell Hatton
(166.67 pts)
DNP DNP T3
(135)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T3
(30)
DNP T15
(11.67)
DNP
Brian Harman
(155.33 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(105)
T33
(17)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T20
(10)
DNP T4
(26.67)
Scott Stallings
(141.33 pts)
T31
(19)
DNP DNP T29
(21)
T4
(53.33)
DNP 7
(36.67)
T23
(18)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Tiger Woods
(140.33 pts)
T2
(100)
DNP DNP 12
(38)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T23
(9)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Patrick Reed
(130.5 pts)
T2
(100)
DNP T37
(19.5)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T17
(22)
T23
(9)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP
Emiliano Grillo
(123.67 pts)
DNP 6
(60)
DNP T8
(50)
DNP DNP DNP T57
(0)
T12
(12.67)
DNP DNP DNP T47
(1)
Kevin Chappell
(116 pts)
DNP DNP T30
(30)
DNP T20
(20)
DNP T8
(33.33)
T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP T6
(20)
DNP DNP
Justin Rose
(115.5 pts)
T5
(70)
DNP T37
(19.5)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8
(16.67)
DNP DNP T22
(9.33)
DNP
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
(114.33 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(105)
T68
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T51
(0)
DNP T22
(9.33)
DNP
Jason Day
(110.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP Win
(44)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jason Kokrak
(110.33 pts)
T8
(50)
DNP DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP T35
(10)
T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP T8
(16.67)
DNP T47
(1)
Patton Kizzire
(106.33 pts)
DNP DNP T12
(57)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T31
(12.67)
DNP DNP T42
(2.67)
DNP Win
(44)
James Hahn
(105.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T14
(24)
DNP T26
(16)
T11
(26)
T45
(1.67)
DNP T36
(4.67)
DNP 2
(33.33)
Byeong Hun An
(101.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP DNP DNP T23
(18)
DNP T6
(20)
DNP T40
(3.33)
DNP
Jamie Lovemark
(98.33 pts)
T16
(34)
DNP DNP 7
(55)
T26
(16)
DNP DNP T52
(0)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Kevin Na
(87.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP T20
(20)
T48
(1.33)
DNP DNP T42
(2.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Louis Oosthuizen
(86.67 pts)
T16
(34)
DNP T30
(30)
T24
(26)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP
Sam Burns
(84.67 pts)
T12
(38)
DNP DNP T8
(50)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Scott Piercy
(74.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T20
(20)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T6
(20)
DNP T25
(8.33)
Ollie Schniederjans
(69.33 pts)
T49
(1)
DNP DNP T64
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T3
(60)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP T7
(18.33)
John Huh
(68.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T24
(26)
T26
(16)
DNP DNP T38
(8)
T45
(1.67)
DNP T3
(30)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Player Valspar Indian Open WGC Mexico Honda Classic Genesis Open Qatar Masters AT&T Pebble Phoenix Open Farmers Dubai Classic CareerBuilder Challenge Abu Dhabi Sony Open
Billy Hurley III
(-43.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Robert Streb
(-43.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
66
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Smylie Kaufman
(-40 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T69
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Danny Lee
(-35 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP WD
(-5)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T58
(0)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Mackenzie Hughes
(-33.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T59
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
D.A. Points
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T73
(0)
Padraig Harrington
(-30 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T64
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Billy Horschel
(-28.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T43
(4.67)
T54
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Matt Every
(-23.33 pts)
T68
(0)
DNP DNP 66
(0)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP T69
(0)
DNP 75
(0)
Whee Kim
(-22.33 pts)
T49
(1)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

The Tour is back at Bay Hill which was the pride and joy of Arnold Palmer.  This will be the second time that this event has returned to Bay Hill without Palmer and the concern is still out there that the turnout is not as good.  The field is missing #1 Dustin Johnson, #2 Justin Thomas, #3 Jon Rahm and #4 Jordan Spieth.  Also not playing is #9 Sergio Garcia who has a good excuse as his wife went into labor on Tuesday for the couples first child but other marquee names like last weeks’ winner Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson aren’t here.  Now there are feelings on tour between those that love Bay Hill and don’t one of the reasons many aren’t here and with the death of Palmer many now won’t have a reason to show up.  We saw this with the Byron Nelson event in Dallas, Texas.  For years the field was always good, despite the lack of player interest for the Four Seasons Resort club at Las Colinas.  But when Nelson died in 2006, attendance seriously slipped.  The event then had a tough time getting a marque field to play.

Now we can’t entirely blame Bay Hill for some players not coming, having the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship next week along with another WGC event in Mexico just two weeks ago is another reason.  The good news, the WGC-Mexico will move up a week, and I am projecting (we don’t know officially) that the Match Play moves to the end of April but with the Players Championship moving to March, it could create some problems.  But we never know, maybe the tour will place this event just after Honda and move the Valspar behind Bay Hill leading to the Players Championship.  No matter what there will be a lot of change next year and I see this as a positive for this event.

Lastly many didn’t realize it, but Arnold Palmer had a critical role in this event.  The tournament and course had been his pride and joy for three decades since he bought it in the 70s.  Not only did Palmer ticker with the course each year to make it fresh, but Palmer also use to contact and write letters to players asking them to play.  You know that when you get a letter from Palmer, you just had to play in the event.  Byron Nelson use to do that for his tournament and no matter what your thought about the course you weren’t going to say no to either Palmer or Nelson.  Down to the point that when players didn’t play, like Bubba Watson a couple of years ago, they would come over and meet with Palmer to explain their reason for being absent.

So unfortunately even though each week has a great event with powerful sponsors, some events won’t be able to get all of the marquee names to play in.  So it will be interesting how the Arnold Palmer Invitational will cope in the years to come.

He’s back from Injury

Hideki Matsuyama hasn’t played since he hurt his left wrist at Phoenix five weeks ago.  Very little is know of the injury other than he went back to Japan and spent three weeks there.  Matsuyama has a home in Orlando and returned there on February 28th.  He was seen hitting balls the next day and decided his game wasn’t ready for both the WGC-Mexico or Valspar.  As for anyone playing fantasy golf, I would be very cautious about taking him this week, think he is just looking to see if he can play 72 holes with no pain.  So the answer will come with his play this week, and we will see if he can play in the Match Play next week.

Talking about the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

Are you ready for some match play?  It happens next week, and the field is set.  Last week was the deadline to get into the top-64 and with a T-7th finish at the Hero Indian Open Shubhankar Sharma earned the 64th spot and the final “official” slot in the tournament.  But for each person that claims a spot, there is one that loses it and Charles Howell III, who started last week 64th in the rankings finished T-40th at the Valspar and fell back into the 66th spot.  But the news isn’t that bad for Howell, #65 Kevin Na and possibly #67 Joost Luiten.  It seems that as of today, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Sergio Garcia aren’t planning on playing in the Match Play, which is good news for Na, Howell III, and Luiten.  The reason that Garcia isn’t going to play because his wife was due to deliver the couples, first child, this weekend, but she is early.  Garcia had a Masters Champion conference call planned for Tuesday and was still able to do the call, but from his wife’s Angela room in an Austin, Texas hospital.  It seems that Angela’s water broke a couple of hours before the Tuesday phone call and he did it from the hospital.  So this brings up an important question since the kid was supposed to be born on Sunday that is the reason he wasn’t going to play in the Match Play.  But with the child coming early and Garcia having a home in Austin I just have to wonder if things are going well if on Friday he changes his mind and plays.  Since 2002 he has played in every match play except for in 2011, so maybe, just maybe he will try to play which will be unfortunate for Joost Luiten who sits at 67 and would get Garcia’s spot.  Now just in case, Garcia doesn’t play and someone else decides not to play Keegan Bradley sits in the 68th spot and you know he would love to play.

UPDATE ON WED MORNING

In APs Doug Ferguson weekly column he has more information on players that won’t be at the Match Play.  First, it’s looking more and more like Sergio will play, but will wait until Friday.  As of this morning no news on if the baby was born, it’s supposed to be a girl.

According to Ferguson:

“Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose have said they are not playing in Match Play, while Rickie Fowler is not expected to play for the second straight year because of scheduling (Bay Hill the week before, Houston the week after). Brooks Koepka is still out with a wrist injury, while Adam Scott said he was all but certain he would not be going to Match Play.  If that’s the case, Luke List would get the final spot, barring any other withdrawals.”

(List is currently 69th in the world rankings.  Na is 65th, Howell III is 66th and Luiten is 67th.  Looks like they are in and Bradley at 68 and List at 69th are on the bubble, just in case Julian Suri is 70th.)

UPDATE ON WED MORNING

So Paul Casey finally gets off the snide

For years two players seem to find their way into the top-ten a lot and never win, Paul Casey and Charles Howell III.  For both, they could never muster the key shots to rally on the final nine on Sunday to do it.  As for Casey, there were a lot of times he looks great after 36 and 54 holes, only to stumble on Sunday.  It’s hard to imagine that he had just won once on the PGA Tour and that was back at the 2009 Shell Houston Open.  He has won 14 times on the European Tour, with the last coming in the 2014 KLM Open.  Since then he played in 82 events around the world, finishing runner-up twice and third, three-time with 23 top-ten finishes.  But he finally did it on Sunday at the Valspar in a very unconventional, but effective way by shooting 65 on Sunday and coming from far back.  Casey teed off in the ninth to last group, and with a back nine 32, which included pars on his last five holes he finished almost an hour and a half before the final group finished.  Casey posted his number and just waited, it looked like he would be in a playoff with Patrick Reed, but when Reed three-putted the final hole all Casey had to do was wait and see if Tiger Woods could birdie 18.  When he didn’t, Casey won.

Now Casey’s game wasn’t very sharp on Sunday.  He missed five fairways and nine greens, including five of his last six greens.  But he had 13 one-putt greens and made birdies with two putts of 20 feet and a chip-in on the 13th hole.  His 21 putts on Sunday was the fewest number of putts in the final round by a winner in 18 years.

Still, the win could be just what Casey needs to become a factor in Golf.  For over a decade we knew that Casey was a raw talent that could make it to the top, but between some personal problems and injuries, it never happens.  With Casey now having his issues under control at 40 years old, his game can now shine.  He worked hard over the winter fixing his putting stroke, getting away from shutting and de-lofting the face on the way back and the work seems to have paid off.  Another thing, Casey creates another good problem for European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, another solid player with past Ryder Cup experience to make his team even better.  Also, one thing that we have to think about and that is Casey could be the front-runner to win the Masters.  He has played in the Masters eleven times and finished in the top-eleven, six times.  In his last three starts he was T-6th in 2015, T-4th in 2016 and 6th last year so he has played well at Augusta National and will be a surprise favorite going into the Masters.

One last thing, unfortunately with Tiger Woods so close it’s safe to say that Casey’s win is the most unpopular win since Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff at the 2009 British Open.  As Casey said after the round, it was the only time that Tiger congratulated him for a victory after Casey had congratulated Woods many other times over the years.  Who knows with both Tiger and Casey finally some long lost magic, maybe these are the two players to watch at Augusta.

Tiger getting ever closer

Have to say that it’s only a matter of time before Tiger wins again.  The key to Tiger is that he is healthy and swinging the club with a lot of confidence.  On Saturday on the 14th tee, Tiger registered a clubhead speed of 129.2 mph, the fastest swing recorded by anyone on the PGA Tour this year.  In looking at his stats, he hit 48 of 72 greens which ranked T-8th.  He was 8th in Strokes Gained Approach-the-Green, 5th in Strokes Gained Around-the-Green, 3rd in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green and T-2nd in Strokes Gained total.  He was T-3rd in birdies for the week, and the only reason he didn’t win was because his putter wasn’t very sharp.  He missed two putts of five feet, a total of 11 inside ten feet and only made three putts over 20 feet.  If Tiger can get hot with the putter this week, he is a shoe-in to win.  The same at the Masters, if he can get hot with the putter, he can win at Augusta.  Now, these are easy words to say; we said the same thing last week about Jordan Spieth that if he gets hot with the putter, he too would be hard to beat.

But Tiger seems to have a laid-back attitude out there.  He smiles a lot more; he seems to talk more with his playing partners and caddies.  He looks comfortable with the huge galleries that follow him around.  Nothing seems to bother him; maybe it’s because he now realizes that all of the pieces of his game is falling into place, he is looking more and more like the Tiger of old.  It’s probably impossible for Tiger to do what he did between 1999 and 2008, but age does have its advantages.  Just look over the course of history at players like Hogan, Nicklaus, Mickelson and Vijay Singh who played some of there best golf when they hit 40 years old.  Hogan and Nicklaus won three majors in their 40s, Mickelson and Singh won a major in their 40s, and Vijay won 23 times in his 40s while Phil won a World Golf Championship at 47.  When Tiger Woods got arrested on May 29th, just nine months ago, many never thought that Woods would play golf again, let alone win.  When we saw the jail-house footage of Tiger staggering around, many including myself thought that’s it, we are seeing the end of a legend.  Over the course of the last couple of years, we have read hundreds of obituaries on Tiger’s career as many thought that he would just sail off on his boat and never be seen again.  But over the last nine months, Tiger has fought back and has reinvented himself.  Just last month Tiger missed the cut at the Genesis, and even after he played, he wasn’t worried and knew that things would be ok.  After his 12th place finish at the Honda and his runner-up finish last week, Tiger and the golfing world knows that a victory is very close, possibly as soon as this week.  There is no better place for Tiger to win than this week at Bay Hill, a venue that he has won 8 times in 17 starts.  He has won in four of his last five starts going back to 2008, and even though he hasn’t played Bay Hill since his win in 2013, you have to think it will be just like getting back on the bike and feeling secure with it after not riding it for a while.

And if he doesn’t do it this week, we all know that Tiger will find a way to get into contention at the Masters.  All of this points to an exciting year as Tiger seems to be back.

Things you need to know about the Arnold Palmer Invitational

According to the PGA Tour, this will be the 53rd Arnold Palmer Invitational, which got its start in 1966 as the Florida Citrus Open.  But if you look around there is no big splash, you can’t find anywhere in any of the material that the tournament puts out anything raving about its 53rd anniversary.

There is a good reason for that.

If you asked Arnold Palmer, he only counted the years when the event moved to Bay Hill so this would be the 39th time this tournament has been played. The actual event did start in 1966 as the Florida Citrus Open, and it was barely surviving when Arnold Palmer and his associates took over in 1978.  They gave new life to the event by moving it to Bay Hill in 1979 and talking the elite of the PGA Tour to include Bay Hill onto their schedules.  In the 39 years since it changed to the Bay Hill Club, the tournament has elevated to a level that it’s considered one of the premiers stops on tour, as voted by the players.

Course information:

  • Bay Hill Club & Lodge
  • Orlando, Fl.
  • 7,419 yards     Par 36-36–72
  • The course has a 73.9 rating and slope rating of 136 from the championship tees. The course is part of a resort and is open to those that stay on the course, and it’s members.
  • The average green size at Bay Hill is 6,500 square feet, which is a little over the average on the PGA Tour.  The course has 103 bunkers and water comes into play on nine of the 18 holes.
  • Last year Bay Hill was the 9th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 72.89 average.  In 2016 Bay Hill was the 28th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 71.48 average, which is a half a shot under par.  Great weather was the reason for the low scores with the lack of wind; you can see how hard the course has been over the years.
  • In 2015 Bay Hill was the 36th hardest course but in the previous years when there was wind, in 2014 was the 16th hardest course on Tour playing to a 72.473 average, a half a shot over par when it was windy all week.  So you can see the difference between 2014 and 2015 just about a shot and a half.
  • In 2013 the Bay Hill was the 12th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 72.928 average playing .928 stroke over par.
  • The course was initially designed and built by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee in 1960.
  • It’s funny how Arnold Palmer got associated with it. In the early 1960s when Bay Hill opened, Palmer and Jack Nicklaus played an exhibition tournament at the course and the King was so attracted to Bay Hill that he got together a group of investors and leased the club with an option to buy it.  In January of 1976, the group purchased the course, and since then until his death, Palmer would spend most of the winter in a condo behind Bay Hill.  Palmer loved to tinker with the course. Since Palmer left the Champions tour and had more time on his hands around 2000, he spent lots of time making changes, probably the biggest coming in 2007 when he took the par 5, 4th and 16th holes and convert them into par 4s, thus reducing the par of the course to 70.  That didn’t last long a Palmer changed his mind again in 2010 and went back to a par 72.
  • Until about four years ago when he started slowing down, Palmer would always tinker with something on the course, making small changes here and there, but there haven’t been any changes in five years now.  Despite Palmer not tinkering with the course anymore there is always one thing that is consisted each year, and that is rough which is very high and difficult to get out of and helps bring scores up each year.  One thing that we can see a bit of a trend on, scores were high with the winners between 2012 and 2014 at 13 under par, but the two years Matt Every won he was 13 under in 2014 and 19 under in 2015.  Last year Jason Day was 17 under par.
  • Now Bay Hill did receive a facelift before the 2016 event as all the greens on the course were re-grassed with Emerald Bermuda which did make the greens roll more accurate and faster.  The fairways and tees were also re-grassed with Celebration bermudagrass.  One last changed was when they closely mowed areas around the green which meant chipping and scrambling was more laborious than past years.

Let’s take a look at vital stats that are important for those playing at Bay Hill:

This is based on the most important stats for Bay Hill, based on data from last years Arnold Palmer Invitational, and using data from all the players in the field with stats from 2018. What we do is take their rank for each stat and then add up the four categories.
The scoring average of the field at Bay Hill last year was 72.89, almost a shot over par with it ranking 9th hardest on the PGA Tour. In 2016 it was 71.48, so the average score was a half a shot under par, making Bay Hill the 28th hardest course to score on in 2016 (only 22 courses played easier). So why the big difference? In 2016 it was dry and hot (except for light rain on Saturday) with the temperature climbing into the mid to high 80s each day. But the big factor was the winds which blew below 10 MPH except for Sunday when it was between 10 and 15 mph. But in 2017 Thursday and Friday were below 70 and even with it getting to the high 70s over the weekend, each day saw winds over 10 mph with gusts of up to 25 mph on Sunday. This course needs the elements to make it a really hard course, with rough and plenty of water, it’s sometimes hard to guide a shot into the right area. Now the course has the reputation for playing tough, between 2011 and ’14 the course played over par including 2011 when it played an average of 73.20 and ranked 8th hardest.
This year I suspect that the course will play easier than past years due to the weather. Just look at the forecast for the four days, perfect conditions with great temperatures in the 70s/80s and hardly any wind. So look for low scores this week.

In looking at the stats for Bay Hill last year Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green, Proximity to Hole and Rough Proximity are important. First is Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green, last year Bay Hill ranked 37th hardest in fairways hit, but 7th in greens hit for a 5th place ranking in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. Last year’s winner Marc Leishman was T-17th in fairways hit and T-1st in greens hit for an overall 13th ranking in Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green. As for our second category Proximity to hole the course was the 3rd hardest while Leishman was T-43rd. As for Rough Proximity, Bay Hill was 3rd while Leishman was T-57th. But were Leishman made his biggest gains it was on the greens, he was 2nd in Strokes Gained-Putting as he was 3rd in Putting inside ten feet while the course ranked 20th.

In looking at the stats for all the winners the one thing that stands out each year is that they either hit a lot of greens and don’t putt that great, or they are super in putting but don’t hit a lot of greens. Just look at this chart below of all the winners from 1997 and you can see they either putt lights out and hit the ball subpar, or they hit the ball great and don’t do as well on the greens:

One thing about the greens, they are some of the best on the PGA Tour and with little undulations, lot’s of putts are made. Last year Leishman was 2nd in Strokes Gained-Putting and was T-5th in Total Putting. He had 58 putts of seven feet and in and only missed one, the true key to him winning. The same thing with the 2016 champion Jason Day. He was 6th in Strokes Gained-Putting and 7th in Total Putting. As for putts inside 7 feet, he had 60 and only missed one so you can see that you can not hit the ball that great but win, but it’s easier if you can hit the ball great.

But again, the weather is always the barometer for good play at Bay Hill, so with great weather, the scores should be low.

SO HERE ARE OUR FOUR CHOICES FOR THE MOST CRITICAL STATS FROM PLAYERS TO DO WELL AT BAY HILL:

*Strokes Gained Tee-to-Green: Stat is a good barometer on the overall play from drives to hitting into the greens. For years Bay Hill is always in the top-15, in 2010 it was T-4th. Last year it ranked T-5th.

*Proximity to Hole: An average length that a player hits from the pin with shots from the fairway, last year it was T-3rd with each shot ending up 39 feet, 10 inches from the hole.

*Rough Proximity: An average length that a player hits to the pin from out of the rough. Showing how hard the rough is at Bay Hill it was the hardest course to get close to the hole from the rough in 2016, players were only able to average 51 feet, 2 inches on each shot from the rough. Last year it ranked 3rd with the average ball ending up 52 feet, 3 inches from the hole so it’s important to drive it well and keep it out of the rough.

*Putting inside ten feet: No matter how good your game is, you have to make these putts in order to win. In 2016 Bay Hill ranked the hardest of the 37 courses ranked, while last year ranked 20th out of 38 courses so it’s a hard stat for players on this course.

99 of the 120 players from this year’s field with stats from this year:

Click any column title in the table header to sort columns.

Here is the link to the other 87 players with stats from 2018

DraftKings tips

Of the 120 in the field, 101 have played at least once in the Arnold Palmer.  Here are the players with the most under par totals at the Valspar since 2010:

  • Henrik Stenson is 38 under in 30 rounds playing 8 years
  • Francesco Molinari is 35 under in 20 rounds playing 5 years
  • Kevin Na is 28 under in 22 rounds playing 6 years
  • Tiger Woods is 27 under in 12 rounds playing 3 years
  • Rory McIlroy is 26 under in 12 rounds playing 3 years
  • Adam Scott is 26 under in 12 rounds playing 3 years
  • Jason Day is 25 under in 20 rounds playing 5 years
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat is 24 under in 8 rounds playing 2 years
  • Justin Rose is 24 under in 24 rounds playing 7 years
  • Ian Poulter is 24 under in 28 rounds playing 7 years
  • Keegan Bradley is 18 under in 22 rounds playing 6 years
  • Jason Kokrak is 18 under in 18 rounds playing 5 years
  • Hideki Matsuyama is 17 under in 12 rounds playing 3 years
  • Zach Johnson is 17 under in 30 rounds playing 8 years
  • Emiliano Grillo is 15 under in 8 rounds playing 2 years
  • Marc Leishman is 15 under in 28 rounds playing 8 years

*Here are the ones with the best under par totals averaging it per years played (2 or more starts)

  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat is 24 under playing 2 years (-3.00)
  • Tiger Woods is 27 under playing 3 years (-2.25)
  • Rory McIlroy is 26 under playing 3 years (-2.17)
  • Adam Scott is 26 under playing 3 years (-2.17)
  • Emiliano Grillo is 15 under playing 2 years (-1.88)
  • Francesco Molinari is 35 under playing 5 years (-1.75)
  • Louis Oosthuizen is 13 under playing 2 years (-1.63)
  • Hideki Matsuyama is 17 under playing 3 years (-1.42)
  • Henrik Stenson is 38 under playing 8 years (-1.27)
  • Kevin Na is 28 under playing 6 years (-1.27)
  • Jason Day is 25 under playing 5 years (-1.25)
  • Kevin Kisner is 11 under playing 3 years (-1.10)
  • Justin Rose is 24 under playing 7 years (-1.00)
  • Jason Kokrak is 18 under playing 5 years (-1.00)

Historical ParBreakers

Here is a look at those playing this week and who has made the most eagles and birdies:

So it makes sense that the top players on this list are guys that will make lot’s of points this week

*Here are the guys that cost the most on DraftKings this week:

  • Jason Day- $11,800
  • Justin Rose – $11,500
  • Rory McIlroy – $10,700
  • Rickie Fowler – $10,300
  • Tiger Woods – $10,000
  • Hideki Matsuyama – $9,700
  • Tommy Fleetwood – $9,500
  • Alex Noren – $9,200
  • Henrik Stenson – $9,100
  • Tyrrell Hatton – $9,000
  • Patrick Reed – $8,900

Hands down have to say that Tiger Woods is your best bet here at $10,000.  Surprised that there are four guys with higher prices, Woods played good enough at Valspar to be the highest price person, and you know he will do well at Bay Hill.  Has good offensive power averaging 4.50 birdies and eagles per round, also has gone under par to the tune of 2.25 shots under per round.  Now Henrik Stenson at $9,100 has good offensive numbers for Bay Hill and is a reasonable price but you have to be a bit weary on his poor performance last week at Valspar plus he missed the cut last year at Bay Hill.  Again this is a toss-up if you use multiple teams he is ok to use, but if you are playing one or two teams, I will take a pass on him.  Jason Day at $11,800 is another problem, he has played well this year with a win and a T-2nd at Pebble, and that is all he has played.  Didn’t play in Mexico because his mother was going under treatments, nothing to be alarmed with now but I worry about two things.  His offensive numbers are ok, but along with his inconsistent finishes at Bay Hill, I say he is too much money to waste a pick with.  The same with Rory McIlroy at $10,700 and Rickie Fowler at $10,300.  McIlroy has good numbers for Bay Hill but I worry about his poor play, and he seems to be lost right now.  Yes he can bounce back, and this could be the place to do it, but frankly, at $10,700 he is not worth the gamble.  As for Rickie Fowler, he too is probably worth taking a pass on since his play has been sloppy since he finished T-4th at Kapalua.  Justin Rose at $11,500 is very steep even with good offensive numbers and has done well in 2018.  So he is a toss up, I would say that he is ok to pick.  I don’t know how to tell you no, no and no again on Hideki Matsuyama at $9,700, I want to see how his wrist is and he is too high of a price to take a gamble on him.  Now for the Europeans, I like Fleetwood, Noren, and Hatton.  Fleetwood at $9,500 is worth the price, in his only Bay Hill start was T-10th with good offensive numbers and has done well in 2018.  Alex Noren at $9,200 is also a good choice, yes he wasn’t the best in his only Bay Hill start but his year on the PGA Tour in 2018 has put up solid numbers.  I also like Tyrrell Hatton at $9,000, played well last year at Bay Hill and almost won in Mexico.  He struggled at Honda but think that was just a fluke.  As for Patrick Reed at $8,900 I say he is a toss up.  All the signs from past Bay Hill’s point to an adverse reaction, his year wasn’t very good until out of nowhere he was runner-up last week at Valspar.  He is a streaky player, but still, I worry about him.

*Players in that $7,500 to $8,800 price range, which ones are worth the money?:

Lot’s of good choices, the first one I like is Adam Scott at $8,700.  Scott has some great offensive numbers at Bay Hill.  He also has been improving each week and is scoring well, so I say he is a go on this course.  I also like Bubba Watson at $8,600, he is putting up good numbers of late and has been ok at Bay Hill.  Louis Oosthuizen is a good pick at $8,200; he is good on Bermuda, has excellent offensive numbers for Bay Hill and seems to be getting better with each start.  Luke List at $8,100 is also a good buy, he doesn’t have much experience at Bay Hill, but he always seems to make lot’s of eagles and birdies to make him a good choice.  Jason Kokrak is also worth the $8,000 he is playing well and has put up good numbers for Bay Hill.  Now one person that I highly recommend is Kiradech Aphibarnrat at $7,900.  He has excellent offensive numbers at Bay Hill and was T-5th in Mexico and then journeyed to Asia and the country of Brunei to play in an Asian Development tour event last week which he won.  Now yes he has traveled over 30,000 miles in the previous two months going from Abu Dhabi and Dubai to Malaysia, then to Perth, Australia where he won a European Tour event, then traveled to Florida and Mexico before flying to Asia and then coming back to Florida.  Yes, he has gone through a lot of time zones and miles but his play seems to be sharp, and I see that continuing this week.  I also like Cameron Smith at $7,800, he always seems to make the cut and does make his fair share of eagles and birdies, so again a good choice.  One other good buy at this level is Emiliano Grillo at $7,600.  He has good numbers at Bay Hill including some good offensive numbers, in 2018 hasn’t missed a cut in 9 starts and was T-8th at the Honda and 6th in India last week.

Are there any “Bargains” out there?

The pickings are good in players at and under $7,500, just have to dig.  Ian Poulter at $7,400 has a good record at Bay Hill, but he has missed his last two cuts at the Honda and Valspar, so buyer beware.  Matthew Fitzpatrick at $7,400 is another buyer beware, his Bay Hill numbers are ok, and he was playing well at the beginning of the year, but has missed the cut in two of his last three starts.  Graeme McDowell at $7,400 has good numbers at Bay Hill but has had a tough go of late; he had mixed results last week at the Valspar finishing T-40th.  Now Kevin Chappel at $7,300 is a savvy pick. First, he was 2nd at Bay Hill in 2016 and has made the cut in his last six cuts including a T-8th at Pebble.  Now a good gamble could be for Sam Burns at $7,200 who has never played at Bay Hill but in his last three starts was T-2nd at the Web.Com Club Colombia Championship, T-8th at Honda and T-12th at Valspar.  Kevin Na is also a good choice at $7,100 just because he was T-2nd at Bay Hill in 2010, T-4th in 2012 and T-6th in 2015.  He missed the cut last year but his season was not good, Na’s previous start was at the Genesis, and he was runner-up, so he is a bargain for this week.  Talking about runner-ups, Kevin Kisner finished 2nd at Bay Hill last year and is at $7,100.  He has been a bit inconsistent, but maybe some good vibes at Bay Hill will help him.  One last player to consider is Stewart Cink at $7,300.  Yes he doesn’t have great numbers at Bay Hill and his year has been up and down, but key stats that is needed to play well at Bay Hill has Cink the best of anyone in the field, that has to amount to something.

UPDATE on WED MORN  One person I completely didn’t see but now can see him playing well is Francesco Molinari at $7,300.  In looking at his record it’s remarkable, he was T-7th last year, T-9th in 2016, T-17th in 2015, T-5th in 2014 and T-34th in 2013.  The problem with Molinari and the reason I didn’t spot him, he hasn’t played that great, since missing the cut at Genesis and then was T-25th at the WGC-Mexico Championship.  So you should consider Molinari for one of your six slots.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

Key stat for the winner:

A Bay Hill stat:

  • It’s said that ball-striking is becoming a dinosaur on the PGA Tour, but that isn’t the case at Bay Hill in which hitting lots of greens is essential. Between 1997 and 2008 there wasn’t a winner that didn’t finish out of the top-20 of greens hit for the week.  In 2009 Tiger Woods changed that when he finished T50th, but since then six of the last eight winners were in the top-20, including last year with Marc Leishman led the greens hit category

Another key stat:

  • Now it’s easy to point out how the winners have been in greens hit but what has the trend been for everyone in the field?  The pattern is that more folks are hitting more greens.  In 2009, Bay Hill had the hardest greens to hit.  In a way wind helped make that stat, the weekend saw high winds with gust up to 30 mph, but only 55.02 of the greens were hit that year.  The next year it jumped to 61.25% and was ranked 9th, and the number has stayed about the same with it’s ranking going up, in 2011 it ranked 15th on the PGA Tour.  In 2012 it climbed to 20th and then 16th in 2013.  In 2014 it ranked 23rd and more players hit more greens with the average going up again to 64.00%.  With the lack of wind and great weather 2015 was a banner year for the players as they hit 68.41% making it the 35th highest on the PGA Tour.  In 2016 it was the 14th hardest with a field average of 60.98, the least amount since 2009.  Last year the course was the 7th hardest with a field average of 58.71

The one key stat that shows what it takes to win:

  • “Proximity to hole” is a stat that measures how close to the hole you hit it from the fairway.  The last five years before 2015 Bay Hill ranked in the top-ten on the PGA Tour.  Last year it ranked 7th, in 2016 it ranked T-7th, in 2015 it was ranked T-11th.  Since this is a shot-link stat that isn’t measured in the majors, you only find this in non-major courses.  The better the ranking means that it’s harder to get the ball close to the hole.  Last year players from the fairway got the ball to 39 feet, 10 inches.  In 2016 players averaged 37 feet, 1-inch ranking T-11th while in 2014 it was 37 feet, 8 inches of the hole, ranking 8th.  The year before it ranked 3rd as players averaged 38’8″.  So this means that getting the ball close is hard at Bay Hill.
  • Making Bay Hill even more robust is when players hit drives in the rough.  In looking at the stat “Rough Proximity”, over the last eight years, it ranked 3rd on tour with a 52 feet, 3-inch average, in 2016 it was 1st on tour last year with a 51 feet, 2-inch average.  In 2015 it was T-6th,  3rd in 2014, 1st in 2013, 6th in 2012, 3rd in 2011 and 2nd in 2010.  So what does this mean?  That the rough is hard to deal with and that there is a penalty for hitting drives into the rough because it’s hard to get your ball close to the hole.  So in looking for a player that does well at Bay Hill you want to find one that hits not only lot’s of greens and close to the hole but also players that can handle rough by getting the ball closer to the holes than others.  So here are the results of two key stats from 2017, first “Proximity to Hole.” and then ‘Rough Proximity.”

Here are some more key stats to look for this week:

  • Only three weeks before the Masters, for many, this is there last stroke play event before the Masters.  Right now the Master’s field is just about set, for those not in the field they will have to either win at Bay Hill, Dell Match Play or Houston.  The other way is to be in the top-50 of the world rankings after the Dell Matchplay.  For six players it’s going to be a wild scramble to make sure they are in the top-50 so that they get one of the last Master’s invites.  Here are those on the bubble, #44 – Satoshi Kodaira, #45 – Dylan Frittelli, #47 – Chez Reavie, #50 – Cameron Smith, #60 – James Hahn, #61- Alex Levy, #62 – Peter Uihlein, #63 – Ian Poulter, #65 – Kevin Na, #66 – Charles Howell III and #67 – Joost Luiten.
  • Kenny Perry had a perfect combination of being ranked fourth in both driving distance and accuracy in 2005.  Look for accuracy to once again prevail and look for another player like Perry that combines straight driving with a bit of length.  So how do we determine a player like this?  Look at the total driving stat which combines but distance rank and accuracy rank to help determine your winner.
  • Unimportant stat: In eight of the last 18 years Tiger Woods has been the winner. So what does that mean?  In many tournaments, experience seems to be important, but not at Bay Hill.   Since 1979, 13 of the winners either became first-time winners or had only won once before, just like last year’s champion Marc Leishman who claimed his second PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer.  Matt Every won for the first time at Bay Hill in 2014 (then winning for the second time in 2015), Martin Laird in 2011, Rod Pampling in 2006 and Chad Campbell in 2004.  But on the other side of the coin, the tournament has had some great players winning like 2016 champion Jason Day, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Paul Azinger, Payne Stewart, Fuzzy Zoeller and  Tiger Woods
  • Birdies and patience are essential at Bay Hill. On most courses, the norm is making lots of birdies to keep pace, but at Bay Hill pars are just as important.
  • One thing for sure is that the odds are quite good that the winner will be from either Florida and the Orlando area.  Of the 120 in the field this week, 34 live in Florida with 12 having ties in the Orlando area.
  • The weather has been pretty good the last couple of days in Florida, and the forecast calls for that continuing.  Each day will be sunny and warm, with temperatures in the high-70s, low-80s and just a pinch of wind, worst day is supposed to be Sunday with partly cloudy skies as the winds will get up to 12 mph.

Who to watch for at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Best Bets:

Tiger Woods

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
Win Win T24 Win Win T22 T20

You can see the progression that he has gone to get to this point. He comes to a course he has done very well out playing some of his best golf in almost a decade, he has to win soon.

Justin Rose

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T13 T9 CUT 2 T15 T3 CUT T30 T8

He has hit the ball well all year and put up good numbers. He also has played well at Bay Hill, about time for him to win another big event.

Tommy Fleetwood

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T10

He has played well at Bay Hill and had a very good year. It’s time for him to win in America.

Best of the rest:

Tyrrell Hatton

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T4

Put up good numbers at Bay Hill last year and almost won in Mexico. He is a future star.

Jason Day

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T23 Win T17 T45 T25 WD CUT

Has played great this year, just worried about the number of reps he is getting, hasn’t played that much but the numbers have been off the chart.

Henrik Stenson

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
CUT T3 2 T5 T8 T15 T47 T52 T22

Has put up good numbers at Bay Hill and had a good year until missing the cut at Valspar which is a big mystery to me.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T6 T6

Been very good in his two Bay Hill starts, he has played well this year including a win last week in Asia. Just worried about all the travel, have to wonder if his body knows what time zone he is in.

Solid contenders

Adam Scott

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T12 T35 3 CUT CUT

He has slowly progressed and is not playing that bad. Good course for him to play well on, don’t’ be surprised if he does well this week.

Bubba Watson

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T34 WD T14 T4 T24 CUT CUT T8 CUT T34

On a roll, think that he will continue his good play and do well.

Alex Noren

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T49

Can’t forget about him, has played very well this year and I see the good play continue into Bay Hill.

Kevin Chappell

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T49 2 CUT T14 CUT T24

Do not discount this guy has had a good year and I can see it continuing this week.

Kevin Na

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
CUT T6 T14 T4 T30 T2 T11 CUT

Has had good finishes at Bay Hill plus was runner-up in his last start at the Genesis.

Long shots that could come through:

Jason Kokrak

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T56 T20 T6 4 CUT

Has played well at Bay Hill and his year has been good.

Cameron Smith

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T34

Again always a good pick seems to play well week after week after week.

Emiliano Grillo

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T7 T17

My sleeper pick for the week has put up great numbers at Bay Hill and has had a great year not missing a cut in 2018.

Sam Burns

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
First time playing in this event

On a roll in his last three starts.

Better think twice before you pick him:

Rory McIlroy

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T4 T27 T11

Has a great record at Bay Hill but he seems to be lost in his game right now. Needs to get things together, he is getting to close to the Masters to be playing this poorly. His big problem is putting.

Rickie Fowler

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
12 T29 CUT T3 T30 T50

He has admitted to not playing well since Kapalua, so be very careful on him.

Hideki Matsuyama

2018 ’17 ’16 ’15 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06
T45 T6 T21

Lot’s of unknowns with his wrist, will it hold up?

Comments

  1. Excellent analysis. Gonna try and put together a team with Woods, Alphibarnrat, Grillo and Scott.

  2. Also, make sure that you don’t forget Francesco Molinari who I completely forgot. I updated my Draft Kings picks by adding Molinari to the bottom of the paragraph and everyone should seriously consider Molinari.

  3. Need your help on this.
    Looking to add some things for next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, thinking of putting out the preview on Sunday night, just after the Palmer is finished. Of course, we won’t know the pairings and groups until late Monday, so looking to update or doing a different preview either late Monday or early Tuesday morning.
    I then would do another playoff on Friday after the group play is finished and we know who the top-16 for weekend play will be.
    What do you all think???

    Also since things change so much and quickly, thinking of starting to post these on my twitter site, which I haven’t used in months. That address is Sal Johnson @GOLFstatsSal. Come join me and tell me your thoughts on updating things in this manner.

    Thanks,
    Sal

  4. I like the idea of an early preview and then revisions before the weekend. Watching the group play will give you a much better opportunity to accurately assess a player’s weekend chances. There are many ways to advance in this Championship, but not all of them portend continued success.

  5. Hope you all can spend some time with me on twitter @GOLFstatsSal.

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