Arnold Palmer Invitational: Form stats for the PGA Tour event at Bay Hill

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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for this week's event in Florida, as the players continue their build up ahead of the first major of 2019 ...

"Arnold Palmer, who died in 2016, has always tried to make his beloved Bay Hill a layout which offers plenty of risk/reward opportunities."

With the first major tournament of the year a little over one month away, not to mention next week's Players Championship, the PGA Tour heads to Orlando for the Master Card-sponsored Arnold Palmer Invitational.

This week's event at Bay Hill is a prestigious title in its own right and has attracted 13 of the world's current top 20.

Defending Champion On Fire

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion and is the early favourite in the Betfair Exchange betting, following his excellent form since the beginning of January - four top-five finishes from as many starts.

And there are plenty of golfers taking part this week, who have registered multiple top 10s at Bay Hill in the past.

World no.2 Justin Rose has stood on the podium three times - although never as a winner - while Tiger Woods claimed this title on eight occasions between 2000 and 2013.

Reigning Open champion Francesco Molinari has registered three top-10s from his last five visits, with in-form Marc Leishman a former winner in Orlando.

Rickie Fowler continued his strong start to 2019 by finishing joint-second at PGA National on Sunday, so there are plenty of big name golfers in good shape at present.

Outsiders

The term outsider is relative, in a field of this quality.

Ian Poulter has not finished lower than sixth in his most recent four starts, and was third at Bay Hill seven years ago.

And a little further down the pecking order you'll find Charles Howell and Jason Kokrak both of whose current form is not too shabby either.

It's difficult to see either golfer winning on Sunday - given the overall depth of talent among the opposition - but an each-way punt could well be worthwhile.

Palmer's Stamp Of Authority

Bay Hill is a venue which suits the big hitters and especially since Arnold Palmer himself made a number of changes to the course in 2009.

Since then, the fairways have been made wider, with the intended purpose of making attacking golf look even more attractive.

Risk/Reward Layout

Opened 58 years ago, Bay Hill is neither short of sand, nor lacking in water, while Palmer's alterations increased the number of potential pin positions available during tournament week.

The changes took four months to complete and included moving fairway bunkers further from tees, but greenside sand closer to the edges of putting surfaces.

He also made the sand more visible from tees and fairways, in order to encourage the bold and the brave.

Large water hazards come into play on nine holes, while there are plenty of dog legs too.

In all, the upgrade created over 40 new pin positions while Palmer, who died in 2016, has always tried to make his beloved Bay Hill a layout which offers plenty of risk/reward opportunities.

This parkland course is located around eight miles south-west of Downtown Orlando, laid out in low-lying terrain close to Florida's Butler Lake.

Forty years ago on March 4th, American Bob Byman was crowned champion of the inaugural PGA Tour event to be staged at Bay Hill.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Justin Rose MC 1 34
Brooks Koepka 2 27 57 9 24
Bryson DeChambeau 56 15 6 1 10 7
Rory McIlroy 2 4 5 4
Rickie Fowler 2 36 1 66
Francesco Molinari 17 27
Jason Day 4 5 13
Tiger Woods 10 15 20
Tommy Fleetwood 19 28 45 16 42
Patrick Reed 14 22 56 13 13 25
Marc Leishman 62 4 43 3 4
Bubba Watson 27 15 4 MC 31
Phil Mickelson 39 37 1 MC 2
Louis Oosthuizen 25 MC 4
Hideki Matsuyama 19 9 15 3 51
Ian Poulter 3 6 3 6 33 18
Keegan Bradley 10 51 67 35 29 27
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 19 25 22 MC 11
Tyrrell Hatton 19 MC 15 38 MC
Hao Tong Li 19 2 12 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 3 MC 33 MC MC 14
Henrik Stenson 54 MC MC MC
Matt Wallace 20 33 MC 2 16
Billy Horschel 16 45 39 8 25
Kyle Stanley MC 58 MC MC MC 22
Eddie Pepperell 67 MC 38 49
Matthew Fitzpatrick 27 MC 16 4
JB Holmes 1 MC 26 MC
Shane Lowry 62 MC 12 1
Thorbjorn Olesen 45 MC 7 MC
Charles Howell 14 6 20 34 8 14
Kevin Kisner 27 28 26 57 69
Si Woo Kim 3 4 MC 29 40 MC
Byeong Hun An 36 45 20 12 MC
Kevin Na 36 33 60
Brandt Snedeker MC 55 62 16 22
Aaron Wise 19 MC MC MC 27
Abraham Ancer 39 44 MC MC 18 29
Adam Hadwin 75 18 44 2 57
Daniel Berger 36 2 MC MC 12
Luke List MC 15 MC 40 MC
Danny Willett 27 33 25 MC
Brian Harman MC 51 39 MC MC MC
Charley Hoffman MC MC 20 MC MC
Zach Johnson 59 39 28 MC
Chesson Hadley 20 MC 20 MC MC
Cameron Champ MC 28 67 MC MC* 11
Pat Perez 56 MC MC Wd MC
Stewart Cink MC* 50 MC 20
Sung Jae Im 51 MC MC 7 52 12 16
Patton Kizzire MC 27 MC MC 13 8
Ryan Moore 28 MC MC
Beau Hossler 15 MC 39 57 MC
Jimmy Walker MC 74 MC 44 MC 51
Charl Schwartzel 16 6 Wd MC MC MC
Danny Lee 36 MC 44 MC 71
CT Pan MC 44 60 66 51
Scott Piercy MC 10 20 57 33 19
Lucas Glover 4 7 MC 12
Jason Kokrak 9 37 20 20 18
Ted Potter 64 MC MC 13 27
Sam Burns MC* MC MC 40 18 MC
Andrew Landry MC MC 60 28 MC 22
Ryan Armour 12 MC MC MC MC 22
JJ Spaun MC MC 50 MC 51
Bronson Burgoon 59 MC MC MC MC
Brice Garnett MC MC MC MC 33 19
Martin Trainer MC 1 28 MC MC*
Brian Gay 20 60 7 55 MC 22
Jhonattan Vegas 16 MC 10 MC 69
Austin Cook MC* MC MC
Michael Thompson 16 7 10 13 9 69
Adam Long MC MC MC MC MC 1 MC
Cameron Davis 59 16 MC 59 57 28 MC
Brendan Steele MC MC MC MC 57
Harold Varner 51 MC 10 MC 18
Patrick Rodgers 30 15 MC MC MC MC
Nick Watney 51 MC 39 72 51
Sam Ryder 56 60 43 40 MC
Scott Stallings MC 3 MC 43 MC
Talor Gooch 20 MC MC 3 4 MC
Keith Mitchell 1 MC MC 73 MC 16
Jason Dufner MC* MC MC MC*
Joaquin Niemann 59 44 MC 72 MC
Anirban Lahiri 59 MC MC 43
Kevin Streelman MC* MC 7 50 MC 34
Sam Horsfield MC 34 MC 32
Joel Dahmen MC MC MC 9 22
Richy Werenski MC* MC 60 MC MC
Chris Kirk MC MC 50 MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 67 60 MC 24 22
Sung Kang 51 64 14 MC 20 10
Corey Conners MC MC MC 3
Robert Streb MC 59 MC MC 29 40 MC
Bud Cauley 12 MC 26 13 MC
Scott Langley MC 37 6 MC 12 43
Trey Mullinax 51 22 15 25 34 57
Vaughn Taylor 59 9 MC MC 7 MC
Aaron Baddeley 2 49 MC MC 18
Chris Stroud MC 10 7 52 MC
Ollie Schniederjans MC 49 MC 33 MC 72 MC
JT Poston 36 28 26 40 7 20
Martin Laird MC MC 26 43 MC
Hudson Swafford MC* MC MC 65 3
Anders Albertson MC MC MC MC MC 34
Scott Brown 20 10 37 MC 9 MC 33
Brian Stuard 20 60 45 55 40 8
Graeme McDowell MC* 42 18
Sam Saunders 36 MC 38 MC MC 33
Bill Haas 51 51 MC 57 MC
Chase Wright 51 MC MC MC MC MC 57
Roger Sloan 30 2 MC MC 12 33
Carlos Ortiz MC 9 60 MC 65 29
Ryan Blaum MC* 55 MC MC 70 73 64
Dominic Bozzelli 25 MC MC 5 33
Michael Kim MC MC MC MC MC 32
Steve Stricker MC MC MC*
Johnson Wagner MC 2 57 MC 67
Adam Schenk 30 16 MC 45 55 57 67 MC
Harris English 12 MC MC MC 51 22
Nate Lashley 8 MC 45 12
Hunter Mahan MC MC MC 33 MC MC
Ernie Els 20 56 28 MC 12
Matt Every 16 32 14 11
Davis Love 70 MC 9 7
DA Points MC 42 MC MC MC MC
Tim Herron 42
Vijay Singh 6 MC MC
Braden Thornberry MC MC 52
Viktor Hovland MC
Robert Gamez MC
Rod Perry
Justin Suh
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Justin Rose 3 13 9 MC 2 15 3 MC 30
Brooks Koepka MC Wd 26
Bryson DeChambeau 2 27
Rory McIlroy 1 4 27 11
Rickie Fowler 14 12 29 MC 3 30 50
Francesco Molinari 26 7 9 17 5 34
Jason Day 22 23 1 17 45 25 Wd
Tiger Woods 5 1 1 24 1
Tommy Fleetwood 26 10
Patrick Reed 7 52 MC
Marc Leishman 7 1 17 MC 31 MC 48 3 40
Bubba Watson 66 34 Wd 14 4 24 MC MC
Phil Mickelson MC 24 24 30
Louis Oosthuizen MC 28 9 64
Hideki Matsuyama 49 45 6 21
Ian Poulter 41 41 46 21 20 21 3 12 MC
Keegan Bradley 26 34 36 49 2 3 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Tyrrell Hatton 69 4
Hao Tong Li 54
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 6 6
Henrik Stenson 4 MC 3 2 5 8 15 47 52
Matt Wallace
Billy Horschel 54 13 20 43 43 75
Kyle Stanley 14 17 MC 12 MC
Eddie Pepperell
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 13 27 MC
JB Holmes 41 MC 10 29 47 21 40
Shane Lowry MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 7
Charles Howell 14 56 46 21 35 45 20 38 21 22
Kevin Kisner MC 2 MC 49
Si Woo Kim MC 49 63
Byeong Hun An 14 49 36 MC
Kevin Na 36 MC 6 14 4 30 2 11
Brandt Snedeker MC 28 36 13 8 MC 63 MC 30 17
Aaron Wise 41
Abraham Ancer
Adam Hadwin 6 36
Daniel Berger 13
Luke List 7 17
Danny Willett Wd 29
Brian Harman 54 13 17 MC MC MC 15
Charley Hoffman 14 2 MC 59
Zach Johnson 26 66 5 9 43 34 11 47 MC 3
Chesson Hadley 49 67 26
Cameron Champ
Pat Perez 17 MC 67 50 MC 38 40 4
Stewart Cink 58 28 MC MC 66 63 MC 12 59 30
Sung Jae Im
Patton Kizzire MC MC
Ryan Moore 5 34 74 60 MC 4 12 40
Beau Hossler 66
Jimmy Walker 73 8 24 MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 45 47 52
Danny Lee MC 17 MC 17 31 MC
CT Pan 41 56
Scott Piercy MC MC MC MC
Lucas Glover 49 7 27 MC 14 MC 11
Jason Kokrak MC 56 20 6 4 MC
Ted Potter MC MC MC
Sam Burns 49
Andrew Landry
Ryan Armour 77
JJ Spaun 49
Bronson Burgoon
Brice Garnett MC
Martin Trainer
Brian Gay 22 MC MC 42 24 MC 40
Jhonattan Vegas 46 43 72 MC
Austin Cook 36
Michael Thompson 36
Adam Long
Cameron Davis
Brendan Steele 46 35 20 MC MC 38
Harold Varner 34 MC
Patrick Rodgers 7 MC 20
Nick Watney 45 59 64 4
Sam Ryder
Scott Stallings MC MC MC MC 48
Talor Gooch 26
Keith Mitchell
Jason Dufner MC 15 66 66 MC
Joaquin Niemann
Anirban Lahiri 75 MC
Kevin Streelman 41 70 MC 67 21 47 7 66
Sam Horsfield 14
Joel Dahmen
Richy Werenski
Chris Kirk 13 MC 12 MC 60 16 MC
Martin Kaymer 23
Sung Kang 58 MC
Corey Conners
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC
Bud Cauley 14 MC MC 4
Scott Langley MC
Trey Mullinax
Vaughn Taylor 23 MC 21 54 MC 17
Aaron Baddeley 41 MC 35 MC 12 66
Chris Stroud MC 31 34 15 MC
Ollie Schniederjans 41 34
JT Poston
Martin Laird 26 49 43 43 76 34 36 1 74
Hudson Swafford 75 10 36 11 MC
Anders Albertson
Scott Brown MC MC 27 MC 13
Brian Stuard 36 MC MC 60 16 MC
Graeme McDowell 22 28 MC MC 10 45 2 MC MC 40
Sam Saunders MC MC MC 29 43 MC 30 50
Bill Haas 8 29 MC 17 59
Chase Wright
Roger Sloan
Carlos Ortiz 21
Ryan Blaum
Dominic Bozzelli
Michael Kim 17
Steve Stricker 52
Johnson Wagner 27 4 30 30
Adam Schenk
Harris English 22 MC MC 29 14 57 MC
Nate Lashley
Hunter Mahan MC 57 57 Wd 21 42 38 25 22
Ernie Els 49 MC 74 13 MC 4 70 1
Matt Every MC 62 MC 1 1 34 24 MC 52
Davis Love 58 68 65 26 Wd 14 MC
DA Points MC 17 MC MC MC 56 17 52
Tim Herron MC 62 MC MC MC MC 11 MC 52 30
Vijay Singh MC MC MC 57 20 57 24 MC 59
Braden Thornberry
Viktor Hovland
Robert Gamez MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Rod Perry MC MC 76 MC
Justin Suh
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