Arnold Palmer Invitational 2018: Key stats for this week's event in Orlando

Jason Day: The winner at Bay Hill two years ago
Jason Day has finished first and second in his only two PGA Tour starts of 2018
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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for this week's event at Bay Hill, as the players continue their build up ahead of the first major of 2018...

"Last year’s champion Marc Leishman led the way in Greens in Regulation, while Rory McIlroy was third in this particular category"

With the countdown to Augusta National well and truly underway, the PGA Tour heads to Orlando, for the 40th staging of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Opened 57 years ago, Bay Hill is neither short of sand, nor lacking in water, and was given an upgrade by Arnold Palmer himself in 2009.

This renovation increased the number of potential pin positions available during tournament week.

The layout offers plenty of risk/reward opportunities, all of which have helped to create many spectacular Sunday finales over the years.

First staged in 1979, Bay Hill has crowned just a single European winner, and that was Scotland's Martin Laird who has played virtually all of his professional golf in the United States - after taking up a scholarship at Colorado State University as a teenager.

Rejuvenated Tiger

Thanks to Tiger Woods's performance in Tampa over the weekend, the entire PGA Tour appears to have been given a massive lift.

The 14-time major winner finished in a tie-for-second over the Copperhead course at Innisbrook, and the Tiger bandwagon continues this week at Bay Hill.

Even by Tiger's impressive standards, this event has been one of the most fruitful of his career, having won here eight times.

He posted four successive triumphs from 2000, and emerged victorious on his most recent two visits in 2012 and 2013.

Whether he can take his Tampa form 110 miles east across Florida, to Orlando, remains to be seen, but it is certainly good for the sport that the 42-year-old has rediscovered his golfing mojo.

European Challenge

Although Bay Hill has only welcomed one European golfer into their winners' enclosure, that doesn't mean it can't happen for a second time this week.

Justin Rose, who contended for 72 holes at the Valspar Championship where he finished fifth, has a pretty good record at this week's venue - two podium finishes and three other top-20s.

Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson have also enjoyed strong performances at Bay Hill over the years, while Tommy Fleetwood tied-for-10th on his debut 12 months ago.

An even better debutant in 2017 was Tyrrell Hatton, who finished alongside McIlroy in a tie-for-fourth.

In four starts this year, the Englishman has posted a brace of podium finishes, including last time out at the World Golf Championship event in Mexico.

One other European to think about is Francesco Molinari. The Italian has made a slow start to the year, but does tend to play well on certain courses and, at Bay Hill, three of last four visits have yielded top-10s.

An unlikely winner, certainly, but Molinari could attract some each-way money.

Defending Champion

Last year's champion Marc Leishman led the way in Greens in Regulation (GiR), while McIlroy was third in this particular category.

And if GiR is an important factor at Bay Hill come Sunday afternoon, then American Brian Harman could be in for a good week - if this year's stats are anything to go by.

Over the years, Harman has usually been lowly ranked in GiR standings - most of the time he's outside the top 100 - but this season he is currently second in the list.

He's posted three top-five finishes during 2018 and in each of his last two starts at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, has ended up in the top-20.

Former Winner

The 2016 champion, Jason Day, has looked strong this calendar year, despite making just two starts since the beginning of December.

One of these outings yielded a win at Torrey Pines, while the other ended up with the Aussie finishing second at Pebble Beach.

Day's general play has been good for the past seven months, which indicates he is close to returning to the sort of form which earned him the No 1 spot in the World Ranking in 2016.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Justin Rose 5 37 8 22
Hideki Matsuyama Wd 12 4
Rickie Fowler 37 MC 11 MC 4
Jason Day 2 1
Tommy Fleetwood 14 4 37 6 1
Rory McIlroy MC 59 20 MC 2 3
Tyrrell Hatton 3 MC 3 15
Henrik Stenson MC 60 6 8
Alexander Noren 14 3 16 21 2
Marc Leishman 37 MC 31 8 47 7
Pat Perez 20 41 35 29 21 4
Tiger Woods 2 12 MC 23
Brian Harman 5 33 MC 20 4 3
Francesco Molinari 25 MC 40 45
Charley Hoffman MC 20 41 Wd 26 35
Patrick Reed 2 37 MC MC 17 23 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 16 30 24 MC 49
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 30 MC 3
Kevin Kisner 29 MC MC 50 25 17
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 5 68 1 27 51 22
Kevin Chappell 30 20 8 31 6 21
Bubba Watson 9 1 35 40 MC
Hao Tong Li 63 53 MC 1 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 54 21 2 2 MC
Yuta Ikeda 46 39 35 MC
Charl Schwartzel 49 48 68 15
Patton Kizzire 12 MC 31 42 1 15
Cameron Smith 46 6 48 20 18 17
Si Woo Kim 59 MC 62 35 58 10
Kyle Stanley 25 MC MC 51 10 30
Adam Scott 16 13 53 MC
Zach Johnson 16 57 20 14
James Hahn 14 26 11 45 36 2
Peter Uihlein 37 MC 26 52 MC 17 MC
Ian Poulter MC MC 52 6 MC
Charles Howell 40 MC 37 6 20 32
Kevin Na 2 20 48 42 MC
Ryan Moore MC 49 9 MC
Keegan Bradley 31 49 MC 43 5 39
Chesson Hadley MC MC 35 5 23 42
Luke List 16 2 26 26 12 MC MC
Brandt Snedeker 31 MC 20 23 45 MC
Shane Lowry 49 49 MC 43 65 MC
Emiliano Grillo 6 8 57 12 47
Ted Potter MC MC MC 1 73 MC MC
Anirban Lahiri 34 59 26 MC 54
Billy Horschel MC MC MC MC 43 54 11
Ollie Schniederjans 49 64 MC 3 MC 7
Byeong Hun An MC 5 23 6 40
Jimmy Walker 28 33 MC 8 63 MC MC
JB Holmes 46 49 60 MC MC 4
Sung Kang 73 MC 16 MC 69 63
Bryson DeChambeau Wd 41 55 5 MC MC 26
Lucas Glover 74 17 MC 43 67 29
Russell Knox 16 MC 15 MC 29 29 10
Jamie Lovemark 16 7 26 52 MC MC
Martin Laird MC 9 9 MC MC
Hudson Swafford MC 64 MC 29 54 27
Austin Cook 40 49 MC 31 14 18 22
William McGirt 16 33 MC 26 MC 65
Grayson Murray MC MC 8 70 75 14 22
Scott Piercy 17 20 MC 6 25
Bud Cauley MC Wd 20 MC 58 14
Jason Kokrak 8 20 35 31 8 47
JJ Spaun MC MC Wd 23 MC 47
Sean O`Hair 12 MC 64 73 69 50 MC
Kevin Streelman MC 41 6 40 29 29
Scott Brown 64 46 MC MC MC 63 65
Scott Stallings 31 29 4 7 23 MC MC
Whee Kim 49 MC MC MC MC MC
Stewart Cink 31 46 MC MC 20 32
Brian Gay MC MC MC 8 9 42 58
Danny Lee MC Wd MC MC 58 MC MC
Patrick Rodgers 59 33 26 8 MC MC Wd
David Lingmerth 64 MC 75 MC 57
Chris Kirk 49 33 MC 11 35 MC 10
Ryan Armour 40 MC 64 20 MC MC 39 20
Chris Stroud 33 MC 35 MC 69 MC 11
Luke Donald 64 MC 37 MC MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC 59 MC MC MC MC MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC 64 MC MC
CT Pan MC 17 MC 62 35 MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC MC 66 MC
Aaron Wise 68 33 MC 15 MC 17 MC
Tom Hoge MC MC 53 MC MC 12 57 3
Kelly Kraft 31 8 63 MC MC MC MC
Nick Taylor MC 41 MC 52 75 20
Sam Saunders 49 MC 26 26 8 25
Brandon Harkins MC 41 15 MC 12 8 25
Beau Hossler MC MC 43 17 35 20 MC
Aaron Baddeley 49 14 55 26 MC MC
Talor Gooch MC MC 20 MC 51 67 18
Ben Martin 46 33 26 67 57 7
Kevin Tway MC MC MC 57 35 69
Graeme McDowell 40 MC 26 MC MC MC
Brian Stuard MC MC MC MC 65 MC 4
Harris English MC 33 MC MC 8 11 64
Alex Cejka 40 Wd 75 Wd MC 50
John Huh MC 24 26 38 45 3 MC
Martin Piller MC 67 67 MC MC 3 MC
Danny Willett 29 MC MC MC
Vaughn Taylor 59 20 55 11 MC 76
Abraham Ancer 16 52 MC 68 20 76 MC
Ben Silverman MC MC 53 MC 48 67 77 MC
Derek Fathauer MC 13 16 62 48 MC 36
Smylie Kaufman MC MC MC MC MC 69 MC
Billy Hurley MC MC MC MC MC 69 MC
DA Points MC MC MC MC 73 33
Curtis Luck MC 17 56 13
Tyrone Van Aswegen 28 68 68 26 69 MC 36 58
JT Poston 68 73 MC
Cody Gribble MC MC MC 70 35 MC
Tyler Duncan MC 24 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Sam Horsfield 2 MC MC 4 MC MC
Sam Burns 12 8 2 MC MC 59
Camilo Villegas MC 68 MC 57 77 MC
Vijay Singh 73 MC MC
Hunter Mahan MC MC 69 42
Ernie Els 64 MC MC MC MC 31
Stuart Appleby 18 MC 64
Davis Love MC
Matt Every 68 66 MC MC MC MC 69 75
A.J. McInerney MC
Sangmoon Bae MC 75 15 MC MC MC MC
Tim Herron MC
Collin Morikawa
Robert Gamez Wd
Paul Goydos
Donny Lee
Doc Redman
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Justin Rose 13 9 MC 2 15 3 MC 30
Hideki Matsuyama 45 6 21
Rickie Fowler 12 29 MC 3 30 50
Jason Day 23 1 17 45 25 Wd MC
Tommy Fleetwood 10
Rory McIlroy 4 27 11
Tyrrell Hatton 4
Henrik Stenson MC 3 2 5 8 15 47 52
Alexander Noren 49
Marc Leishman 1 17 MC 31 MC 48 3 40
Pat Perez 17 MC 67 50 MC 38 40 4 31
Tiger Woods 1 1 24 1 1
Brian Harman 13 17 MC MC MC 15
Francesco Molinari 7 9 17 5 34
Charley Hoffman 2 MC 59 MC
Patrick Reed 52 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 28 9 64
Matthew Fitzpatrick 13 27 MC
Kevin Kisner 2 MC 49
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 6 6
Kevin Chappell 49 2 MC 14 MC 24
Bubba Watson 34 Wd 14 4 24 MC MC 8
Hao Tong Li
Satoshi Kodaira
Yuta Ikeda MC MC
Charl Schwartzel 45 47 52
Patton Kizzire MC
Cameron Smith 34
Si Woo Kim 49 63
Kyle Stanley 17 MC 12 MC
Adam Scott 12 35 3 MC
Zach Johnson 66 5 9 43 34 11 47 MC 3 54
James Hahn 49 MC MC
Peter Uihlein
Ian Poulter 41 46 21 20 21 3 12 MC 48
Charles Howell 56 46 21 35 45 20 38 21 22 MC
Kevin Na MC 6 14 4 30 2 11
Ryan Moore 34 74 60 MC 4 12 40
Keegan Bradley 34 36 49 2 3 MC
Chesson Hadley 67 26
Luke List 17
Brandt Snedeker 28 36 13 8 MC 63 MC 30 17 14
Shane Lowry MC
Emiliano Grillo 7 17
Ted Potter MC MC
Anirban Lahiri MC
Billy Horschel 13 20 43 43 75
Ollie Schniederjans 34
Byeong Hun An 49 36 MC
Jimmy Walker 8 24 MC
JB Holmes MC 10 29 47 21 40 59
Sung Kang MC
Bryson DeChambeau 27
Lucas Glover 7 27 MC 14 MC 11 41
Russell Knox 29 43
Jamie Lovemark 23 6 MC
Martin Laird 49 43 43 76 34 36 1 74
Hudson Swafford 10 36 11 MC
Austin Cook
William McGirt MC 73 59 MC 8 63 38
Grayson Murray MC
Scott Piercy MC MC MC
Bud Cauley MC MC 4
Jason Kokrak 56 20 6 4 MC
JJ Spaun 49
Sean O`Hair MC 36 29 10 40 29 MC 21 2 3
Kevin Streelman 70 MC 67 21 47 7 66
Scott Brown MC 27 MC 13
Scott Stallings MC MC MC 48
Whee Kim
Stewart Cink 28 MC MC 66 63 MC 12 59 30
Brian Gay MC MC 42 24 MC 40 21
Danny Lee 17 MC 17 31 MC
Patrick Rodgers MC 20
David Lingmerth 72 63 13 52 50
Chris Kirk MC 12 MC 60 16 MC
Ryan Armour
Chris Stroud MC 31 34 15 MC
Luke Donald MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC
Padraig Harrington 49 67 11
CT Pan 56
Robert Streb MC MC MC
Aaron Wise
Tom Hoge
Kelly Kraft Wd MC
Nick Taylor 35
Sam Saunders MC MC 29 43 MC 30 50
Brandon Harkins
Beau Hossler
Aaron Baddeley 41 MC 35 MC 12 66
Talor Gooch
Ben Martin 41 12 5 MC MC
Kevin Tway
Graeme McDowell 28 MC MC 10 45 2 MC MC 40
Brian Stuard MC MC 60 16 MC
Harris English MC MC 29 14 57 MC
Alex Cejka MC 8
John Huh 66 68 55 27 73
Martin Piller
Danny Willett 29
Vaughn Taylor 23 MC 21 54 MC 17 31
Abraham Ancer
Ben Silverman
Derek Fathauer 71 12
Smylie Kaufman MC 12
Billy Hurley MC 57 MC MC 66 62
DA Points 17 MC MC MC 56 17 52 41
Curtis Luck Dq
Tyrone Van Aswegen MC MC
JT Poston
Cody Gribble MC
Tyler Duncan
Sam Horsfield
Sam Burns
Camilo Villegas MC 55 21 20 16 42 MC MC 44
Vijay Singh MC MC 57 20 57 24 MC 59 3
Hunter Mahan 57 57 Wd 21 42 38 25 22 6
Ernie Els MC 74 13 MC 4 70 1
Stuart Appleby MC MC MC 30 52 MC
Davis Love 68 65 26 Wd 14 MC 62
Matt Every 62 MC 1 1 34 24 MC 52
A.J. McInerney
Sangmoon Bae MC MC 40 MC
Tim Herron 62 MC MC MC MC 11 MC 52 30 MC
Collin Morikawa
Robert Gamez MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 68
Paul Goydos MC 73 66 36 64
Donny Lee
Doc Redman
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