Arnold Palmer Invitational 2020: Course and current form stats ahead of Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer Invitational 2020: Bay Hill
The famous 18th hole at Bay Hill

Andy Swales delivers the stats for this week's event in Florida, as the players head to Bay Hill...

"Bryson DeChambeau has added a bit more power off the tee and, despite no victory in more than a year, has started 2020 in good shape."

The build-up to next month's first major championship of the season gathers pace with a trip to Orlando, for the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Week two of the four-tournament Florida Swing takes the players to Bay Hill, which has been a regular fixture on the PGA Tour schedule since 1979.

Opened in 1961, Bay Hill is neither short of sand, nor lacking in water, and is a layout which certainly suits the big hitters.

The late Arnold Palmer, who purchased the venue 45 years ago, made a number of changes to the course in 2009 with the aim of encouraging attacking golf.

During the four-month renovation, he increased the number of potential pin positions by more than 40.

Palmer, who died in 2016, was one of the most attacking golfers of his generation and the purpose of making these changes was to create more risk/reward opportunities at his beloved Bay Hill.

This upgrade included moving fairway bunkers further from tees, as well as 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.

Arnie's reasoning

Regarding these alterations, Palmer explained: "I've introduced firm, fast playing conditions on slopes around greens, mowed at fairway height, that run away from the pins.

"This will take the ball further away from the intended target instead of stopping it, like the previous heavy rough did. With these new conditions we hope to add creativity to recovery shots."

Just five years ago, the Bermuda grass greens were re-surfaced, while a number of fairways were widened with the intended purpose of making attacking golf look even more attractive.

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.

World no.1 tees-up

Five members of the world top 10 are in attendance, including no.1 Rory McIlroy who won here in 2018.

His last six starts have all yielded top-five finishes, although the 30-year-old will feel aggrieved that a disappointing final round cost him victory at Riviera.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who was third at PGA National on Sunday, also posted a podium finish at Bay Hill 12 months ago.

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The stats show that world No 3 Brooks Koepka is neither in good form at present, nor has a strong Bay Hill record, as he prepares for next week's Players Championship and April's US Masters.

Bryson DeChambeau has added a bit more power off the tee and, despite no victory in more than a year, has started 2020 in good shape.

He recently carded a closing 65 in Mexico where he finished runner-up, one stroke behind champion Patrick Reed who also tees-up on Thursday.

Aussie hopes

In-form Adam Scott cannot be overlooked on a course where he has twice stood on the podium - albeit a decade apart - as he attempts to become the third Australian in five years to capture the title.

Hideki Matsuyama is back in the world's top 20, following a gap of 18 months, thanks to some solid performances since late-summer last year.

He has a best finish of tied-sixth at Bay Hill but hasn't tasted victory in more than two-and-a-half years.

In-form Lee Westwood is back for more on a course where he finished fifth some 14 years ago.

Lower down the pecking order, Bubba Watson has started 2020 quite solidly and if you are looking for an outsider to secure you some each-way money, then why not try Sung Kang.

The 32-year-old Korean is no slouch off the tee, he tied-second at Riviera last month, and was sixth in Orlando 12 months ago.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Rory McIlroy 5 5 3
Brooks Koepka MC 43 17 34
Adam Scott 26 1
Patrick Reed 1 51 MC 6 MC 2
Xander Schauffele 14 23 16 MC 2
Tommy Fleetwood 3 18 11 2
Justin Rose MC 56 MC 2
Bryson DeChambeau 2 5 52 8 MC
Tony Finau 51 2 6 14 5
Hideki Matsuyama 6 5 16 45 12
Marc Leishman 42 43 1 28
Matthew Fitzpatrick 37 30 60 45 2
Rickie Fowler MC 37 MC 10 5
Francesco Molinari 53 MC MC MC
Abraham Ancer 12 43 6 2 38
Kevin Na 9 MC 14 MC 17 32
Henrik Stenson 44 37 23
Lee Westwood 4 22 MC 50 1
Tyrrell Hatton 6
Danny Willett 42 MC 43 MC
Kevin Kisner 18 38 MC 4 14
Sung Jae Im 1 29 MC 34 36 10 21
Billy Horschel 42 9 9 68 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 53 56 MC 3 4
Matt Wallace MC 58 44 MC 64
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 16 17 MC 56 MC 12
Jason Day MC 4 16
Bubba Watson 18 MC 3 6
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 29 1 21 2 59 MC
Graeme McDowell 69 MC 1 MC 4 23
Scottie Scheffler 26 30 MC MC 3
Collin Morikawa 42 26 25 21 21 7
Byeong Hun An 4 29 9 68 MC
Sung Kang 71 2 MC 52 16 MC 25
Ian Poulter 27 17 16 MC
Brendon Todd 37 56 37 21 29
Viktor Hovland MC 1 38 MC 23 MC
Andrew Putnam MC MC 10 57
Phil Mickelson MC 3 3 MC MC
Keegan Bradley MC MC 49 16 12
Corey Conners MC 50 MC 45 12 19
Charles Howell 53 59 MC 12
Joaquin Niemann MC MC 49 57 5
Nate Lashley MC Wd 3 Wd 53 19
JT Poston 35 30 37 37 MC 11
Max Homa 5 14 6 9 48 25
Jason Kokrak 51 MC MC 21 MC
Cameron Champ MC 55 16 21 14
Lucas Glover MC 61 50 49 MC
Joel Dahmen 5 14 Wd 55 12
Lanto Griffin 29 37 9 MC MC 7 13
CT Pan MC MC 63 MC
Kevin Streelman 47 2 MC 45 MC
Sebastian Munoz 14 26 47 MC 21 MC 17
Scott Piercy 17 18 6 61 45
JB Holmes 51 14 16 16 30
Matt Jones 47 MC 5 MC 73 38
Vaughn Taylor 42 13 MC MC 43 12
Alexander Noren MC 59 32 14 32
Nick Taylor MC 1 49 MC 32
Rory Sabbatini 35 59 MC MC 48 21
Ryan Moore 30 MC 6
Matthew Wolff 58 MC MC 21 61 11
Danny Lee 47 MC 25 Wd MC
Adam Long 27 MC MC 8 MC MC 23
Keith Mitchell MC 32 16 MC MC 32
Russell Knox MC MC MC 16 21 37 32
Dylan Frittelli 58 MC 63 73 MC 31
Emiliano Grillo MC 3 MC MC MC 21
Si Woo Kim MC 37 MC MC Wd
Carlos Ortiz 16 26 25 MC 48 53
Harold Varner 42 13 MC MC MC MC
Brian Harman 47 47 49 21 32
Pat Perez 47 MC 55 45
Harry Higgs 58 18 25 9 MC 57
Xin Jun Zhang MC 14 64 25 55 MC MC
Bud Cauley 42 51 25 MC 4 MC
Brian Stuard 66 23 MC MC 72 53
Kevin Tway MC MC 37 30 MC
Tom Hoge MC 60 25 5 6 12
Troy Merritt MC 25 MC 68 MC
Scott Brown MC 67 2 MC MC MC MC
Doc Redman MC 50 34 64 29 MC
Wyndham Clark 11 17 18 34 MC MC
Denny McCarthy MC 37 59 64 48
Talor Gooch 38 10 61 36 17 63
Charley Hoffman MC MC 40 9 61 MC
Brendan Steele 4 MC MC 43 2
Tyler Duncan MC 64 MC MC 64 MC 19
Mark Hubbard 11 MC 9 43 MC
Robby Shelton 11 52 MC 36 MC MC
Sepp Straka 27 MC MC MC 4 53
Sam Burns 64 23 MC 49 6 MC
Harris English 17 16 71 48
Cameron Tringale 27 30 64 MC 49 43
Matthew NeSmith 38 6 11 30 17 32
Brian Gay MC MC 38 MC MC MC
Adam Schenk MC 14 47 50 MC 14 MC
Zac Blair MC MC 18 21 55 63
Beau Hossler 38 35 38 66 9 MC
Bronson Burgoon Wd MC MC 43
Charl Schwartzel 17 5 MC MC MC
Josh Teater MC 2 MC MC 68
Henrik Norlander MC 44 25 MC 68 9
Sam Ryder 53 3 MC 55 MC 29 28
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 38 14 13 MC MC 21 MC
Scott Harrington MC MC MC MC MC 57
Stewart Cink 53 38 55 MC
Peter Malnati MC MC 11 MC MC MC 12
Zach Johnson 67 MC MC 28
Maverick McNealy 11 27 5 15 37
Patrick Rodgers 21 35 30 MC 16 9 64 38
Jimmy Walker 21 MC MC 63 30 MC 45
Bo Hoag MC 35 MC MC Wd 9
Richy Werenski 17 MC MC 73 MC
Matt Every MC MC 32 MC 74 Wd
Hank Lebioda MC MC MC MC 17 MC
Jim Herman MC MC 55 MC MC 27
Cameron Percy 61 44 36 MC MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC 50 MC
Rob Oppenheim MC 9 38 MC MC 21
Kevin Chappell MC 25 MC MC
Anirban Lahiri 44 MC MC 73 MC
Sam Saunders MC MC MC
Steve Stricker 56 MC MC MC
Davis Love MC
Vijay Singh MC MC
Chun-An Yu
Brandon Matthews
Rod Perry
Robert Gamez
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Rory McIlroy 6 1 4 27 11
Brooks Koepka MC MC Wd 26
Adam Scott 41 12 35 3
Patrick Reed 50 7 52 MC
Xander Schauffele
Tommy Fleetwood 3 26 10
Justin Rose 63 3 13 9 MC 2 15 3 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 46 2 27
Tony Finau 28 43 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 33 49 45 6 21
Marc Leishman 23 7 1 17 MC 31 MC 48 3 40
Matthew Fitzpatrick 2 MC 13 27 MC
Rickie Fowler 40 14 12 29 MC 3 30 50
Francesco Molinari 1 26 7 9 17 5 34
Abraham Ancer MC
Kevin Na MC 36 MC 6 14 4 30 2
Henrik Stenson 17 4 MC 3 2 5 8 15 47 52
Lee Westwood MC 63
Tyrrell Hatton 29 69 4
Danny Willett MC Wd 29
Kevin Kisner 23 MC 2 MC 49
Sung Jae Im 3
Billy Horschel 50 54 13 20 43 43 75
Jazz Janewattananond
Matt Wallace 6
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 3
Jason Day Wd 22 23 1 17 45 25
Bubba Watson 17 66 34 Wd 14 4 24 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Graeme McDowell 54 22 28 MC MC 10 45 2 MC MC
Scottie Scheffler
Collin Morikawa 64
Byeong Hun An 10 14 49 36 MC
Sung Kang 6 58 MC
Ian Poulter 23 41 41 46 21 20 21 3 12
Brendon Todd MC MC MC
Viktor Hovland 40
Andrew Putnam
Phil Mickelson MC MC 24 24 30
Keegan Bradley 46 26 34 36 49 2 3 MC
Corey Conners MC
Charles Howell 15 14 56 46 21 35 45 20 38 21
Joaquin Niemann 46
Nate Lashley MC
JT Poston 66
Max Homa
Jason Kokrak 10 MC 56 20 6 4 MC
Cameron Champ MC
Lucas Glover 10 49 7 27 MC 14 MC
Joel Dahmen MC
Lanto Griffin
CT Pan MC 41 56
Kevin Streelman 58 41 70 MC 67 21 47 7
Sebastian Munoz
Scott Piercy 54 MC MC MC
JB Holmes MC 41 MC 10 29 47 21
Matt Jones MC 3 14 50 MC
Vaughn Taylor MC 23 MC 21 54 MC
Alexander Noren 36 49
Nick Taylor MC 35
Rory Sabbatini 60 MC Wd MC 30
Ryan Moore 33 5 34 74 60 MC 4 12 40
Matthew Wolff
Danny Lee MC MC 17 MC 17 31 MC
Adam Long 10
Keith Mitchell 6
Russell Knox 73 29 43
Dylan Frittelli
Emiliano Grillo 26 7 17
Si Woo Kim MC MC 49 63
Carlos Ortiz 29 21
Harold Varner MC 34 MC
Brian Harman MC 54 13 17 MC MC MC 15
Pat Perez 50 17 MC 67 50 MC 38 40
Harry Higgs
Xin Jun Zhang
Bud Cauley MC 14 MC MC 4
Brian Stuard 36 MC MC 60 16 MC
Kevin Tway 58
Tom Hoge 26
Troy Merritt 56 3
Scott Brown MC MC MC 27 MC 13
Doc Redman 71
Wyndham Clark
Denny McCarthy
Talor Gooch 26
Charley Hoffman MC 14 2 MC 59
Brendan Steele 17 46 35 20 MC MC 38
Tyler Duncan MC
Mark Hubbard MC
Robby Shelton MC
Sepp Straka
Sam Burns 54 49
Harris English 68 22 MC MC 29 14 57 MC
Cameron Tringale 27 56 27 MC
Matthew NeSmith
Brian Gay MC 22 MC MC 42 24 MC
Adam Schenk 29
Zac Blair 55 21
Beau Hossler 58 66
Bronson Burgoon MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 45 47 52
Josh Teater 27 42 75
Henrik Norlander
Sam Ryder 33
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Scott Harrington
Stewart Cink MC 58 28 MC MC 66 63 MC 12 59
Peter Malnati MC
Zach Johnson 40 26 66 5 9 43 34 11 47 MC
Maverick McNealy 46
Patrick Rodgers 46 7 MC 20
Jimmy Walker 58 73 8 24 MC
Bo Hoag
Richy Werenski MC
Matt Every MC MC 62 MC 1 1 34 24 MC 52
Hank Lebioda
Jim Herman 45 63 MC
Cameron Percy
Padraig Harrington MC 49 67
Rob Oppenheim MC 20
Kevin Chappell 7 49 2 MC 14 MC 24
Anirban Lahiri 69 75 MC
Sam Saunders 63 MC MC MC 29 43 MC 30 50
Steve Stricker 58 52
Davis Love 58 68 65 26 Wd 14
Vijay Singh MC MC MC MC 57 20 57 24 MC
Chun-An Yu
Brandon Matthews
Rod Perry MC MC MC 76 MC
Robert Gamez MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC

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