Arnold Palmer Invitational 2023: Course and current form stats

Bay Hill: Made its PGA Tour debut in 1979
Bay Hill: GiR is usually a key stat at this venue

The PGA Tour tees-up at Bay Hill for the 45th consecutive year. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

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  • Week two in Florida and the PGA Tour has arrived in Orlando to stage the fourth 'Elite' event of 2023.

    With another $20m purse up for grabs, the field for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational will, once again, be full of quality.

    Twenty-three of the world's top 25 are in attendance, with just a week remaining before golf's leading stars head for TPC Sawgrass and The Players Championship.

    Bay Hill, which opened in 1962, is one of golf's most respected venues.

    In 1974 it became the property of seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer, and five years later made its debut on the PGA Tour calendar.

    Since then the tournament has been ever-present on the schedule, with this year's instalment being the 45th.

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    Course Characteristics

    Bay Hill is neither short of sand, nor lacking in water, and used to be a layout which favoured the big hitters.

    The late Arnold Palmer made a number of changes to the course in both 2009 and 2015, with the aim of encouraging attacking golf.

    He increased the number of potential pin positions, after redesigning all 18 putting surfaces.

    Palmer, who died in 2016, was keen to create a venue that provided plenty of risk/reward opportunities.

    During this upgrade he moved fairway bunkers further from tees, while extending 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.

    In the second of these renovations he widened fairways and reduced the size and density of the rough.

    Large water hazards come into play on eight holes, while there are a handful of interesting dog legs too.

    The various changes upped Bay Hill's total par from 71 to 72 and, more recently, the Bermuda grass greens have all been re-surfaced.

    This parkland course is located around eight miles south-west of downtown Orlando, close to Florida's Butler Lake.

    Bay Hill is a course which tends to get tougher the closer a golfer gets to the green.

    Hitting fairways is generally not overcomplicated, but finding the putting surfaces is certainly more problematic.

    This course is often seen as a bellwether event for the Masters - more so than TPC Sawgrass, home of next week's Players Championship.

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    Stroke Averages


    Lowest 12 At Bay Hill (2017-22)
    Average .... (Rounds)
    70.46: Rory McIlroy (24)
    70.92: Emiliano Grillo (13)
    70.93: Francesco Molinari (14)
    71.17: Charley Hoffman (18)
    71.28: Chris Kirk (18)
    71.29: Tyrrell Hatton (24)
    71.36: Matt Fitzpatrick (22)
    71.44: Sung Jae Im (16)
    71.50: Tommy Fleetwood (22)
    71.61: Luke List (18)
    71.61: Justin Rose (18)
    71.69: Jason Day (13)
    Min. No. of Rounds = 10
    Only those entered this week are included in table

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    Five To Watch

    Jason Day: The 35-year-old has shown some encouraging form this year, and has already risen more than 50 places up the World Ranking to No 47 - since the start of 2023. A former world No 1, and the 2016 winner at Bay Hill, his last three outings have yielded finishes of 9th-5th-7th.

    Matt Fitzpatrick: The reigning US Open champion has made a slow start to 2023, although Bay Hill could be the perfect venue for the Englishman to find some decent form. His last four starts have all yielded top-10 finishes, including runner-up in 2019.

    Viktor Hovland: Has played solidly of late without getting himself into contention over the closing few holes. Runner-up here 12 months ago.

    Rory McIlroy: Another player with a strong Bay Hill record, and a former champion. Is seeking his second victory of 2023.

    Will Zalatoris: Finished fourth on his most recent outing at Riviera, which is another layout that requires good course management, solid ball striking and plenty of greens hit in regulation.

    MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

    Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last Eight Weeks / Bay Hill (2013-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Jon Rahm 1 3 7 1 1
Scottie Scheffler 12 1 11 7
Rory McIlroy 29 32 1
Patrick Cantlay 3 MC 26 16
Xander Schauffele 33 10 13 3 Wd
Will Zalatoris 4 MC 36 11
Max Homa 2 39 1 3
Justin Thomas 20 4 25 25
Collin Morikawa 6 MC 3 2
Viktor Hovland 20 42 13 18
Tony Finau 20 14 9 16 7
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 29 MC 7
Sam Burns MC 6 11 32
Joo Hyung Kim 45 50 6 MC 5
Cameron Young 20 64 2 26 13
Jordan Spieth MC 6 63 MC 13
Sung Jae Im 42 56 6 4 18 MC 13
Billy Horschel 42 MC 32 MC 30
Shane Lowry 5 14 MC MC 28
Keegan Bradley MC 20 2 MC 34
Hideki Matsuyama MC 29 9 48 21
Tommy Fleetwood 20 MC 59 38
Tyrrell Hatton 40 6 38 7
Brian Harman MC 42 MC 32 16
Seamus Power 14 20 15 20 25
Tom Hoge 14 MC 48 32 41 3
Sahith Theegala 6 39 4 54 33
Sepp Straka 5 45 MC MC 21
Chris Kirk 1 MC 3 3
Ryan Fox 17 11 20 65
Russell Henley MC MC 32 30
Justin Rose MC 1 18 26
Adam Scott 65 21 29
Corey Conners 61 50 12 18
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 42 MC 28 7
Aaron Wise 29 MC MC 18
Alexander Noren MC MC 5
Kevin Kisner MC MC 34
Si Woo Kim MC 23 25 22 1
Keith Mitchell 5 42 4 22 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC 23 29 MC 73
Jason Day 9 5 7 18
Min Woo Lee 26 13 2
Lucas Herbert 58 50 3 3
Adrian Meronk 14 45 4 MC 10
Mackenzie Hughes 50 MC MC 21
Scott Stallings MC 23 15 MC 25
Taylor Montgomery MC MC 31 5 12
Adam Svensson 49 9 MC MC 41 37
Adam Hadwin 66 10 44 18
Davis Thompson MC MC 69 2 54
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC 36 4
JJ Spaun 33 MC MC 12 5
Nick Taylor 33 2 20 MC 7
Rickie Fowler 20 10 11 54
Harris English MC 12 MC MC MC 73
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 42 58 MC 11 MC
Davis Riley 29 MC MC MC 65
Thomas Detry Wd 33 37 37 26
Thriston Lawrence 38 MC 42 MC Wd
Brendon Todd MC MC 2 MC 21
Joel Dahmen MC 50 41
Luke List 29 MC 25 MC 11
Gary Woodland 9 42 62 MC
Cameron Davis MC MC MC MC 32
Danny Willett 29 18 41 MC
Emiliano Grillo 67 MC 44 MC MC
Trey Mullinax 62 61 Wd 31 28
Ben Griffin 21 MC 31 32 12
Alex Smalley MC 65 37 22 MC
Hayden Buckley MC MC 29 MC 2
Taylor Moore MC 14 15 11 MC
Matthew NeSmith MC MC 55 MC MC
Taylor Pendrith 42 57 7 60 MC
Ben Taylor 5 58 MC MC MC 4
Troy Merritt MC MC MC MC 65
Justin Suh 5 40 Wd 20 54 41
Wyndham Clark 33 10 37 50
Lucas Glover MC 39 MC MC MC
Robby Shelton 21 20 67 6 MC
Aaron Rai MC 29 42 52 MC 61
Will Gordon 42 Wd MC MC 28
Beau Hossler MC 14 11 MC 50
Seong Hyeon Kim 63 33 41 20 MC 12
Chez Reavie MC MC MC 41 35
Patrick Rodgers MC 14 MC MC
Francesco Molinari MC MC MC 5
Adam Schenk 42 50 23 37 20 MC 67
Kevin Streelman 50 MC 63 60 MC
Callum Tarren MC MC MC 65 25 MC
Sam Ryder 20 20 4 MC MC
Garrick Higgo 29 MC 20 53 11
Webb Simpson 74 57 MC MC
Lee Hodges 14 18 MC MC MC
David Lipsky 62 MC MC MC 4
Mark Hubbard 42 MC MC 20 MC MC
Tyson Alexander 78 48 MC MC 32
Eric Cole 2 15 MC 36 61
Stewart Cink MC 65 41 21
Nick Hardy MC MC 41 44 41
Joseph Bramlett 55 7 13 54 54
Ryan Palmer MC 42 MC 62 32
Byeong Hun An 21 37 62 41 12
Greyson Sigg MC MC 57 55 MC 48
Justin Lower MC 50 MC MC 41
Martin Laird MC MC MC 62
Peter Malnati MC 20 MC 4 20 MC MC
David Lingmerth 10 58 MC MC MC
Patton Kizzire MC MC MC 11 76
Pierceson Coody 63 MC 1 MC MC
Scott Piercy 50 Wd MC 31 41 MC
Padraig Harrington 60 25 MC 4
Nate Lashley 20 61 Wd MC 7
Charley Hoffman MC 14 48 MC MC
Harrison Endycott 26 MC MC 22 MC
Zach Johnson 12 32 41 75
Aaron Baddeley MC 37 MC 50 7
Ryan Brehm 14 MC MC MC MC MC 41 35
Cole Hammer MC MC 61
Luke Donald MC 40 MC MC* 38
Kyle Westmoreland MC 29 MC MC MC
Ludvig Aberg 70
Dylan Frittelli 29 MC 14 Wd 37 MC
Erik Barnes 49 MC 13 MC MC
Andrew Novak 29 20 69 MC 12
Ryan Armour 63 58 MC 65 MC
Ben Martin 5 13 MC MC 32
Harry Higgs MC 48 44 18 MC
Kamaiu Johnson
Greg Koch
Player `22 `21 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Jon Rahm 17
Scottie Scheffler 1 15
Rory McIlroy 13 10 5 6 1 4 27 11
Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele 24
Will Zalatoris 38 10
Max Homa 17 10 24
Justin Thomas 49
Collin Morikawa 9 64
Viktor Hovland 2 49 42 40
Tony Finau MC 28 43 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick 9 10 9 2 MC 13 27 MC
Sam Burns 9 MC 36 54 49
Joo Hyung Kim
Cameron Young 13
Jordan Spieth 4
Sung Jae Im 20 21 3 3
Billy Horschel 2 MC 36 50 54 13 20 43 43 75
Shane Lowry MC MC MC MC
Keegan Bradley 11 10 42 46 26 34 36 49 2 3
Hideki Matsuyama 20 18 56 33 49 45 6 21
Tommy Fleetwood 20 10 MC 3 26 10
Tyrrell Hatton 2 21 1 29 69 4
Brian Harman MC MC 54 13 17 MC MC MC
Seamus Power MC
Tom Hoge 32 MC 15 26
Sahith Theegala MC
Sepp Straka MC MC MC
Chris Kirk 5 8 15 13 MC 12 MC 60 16
Ryan Fox
Russell Henley 13 45 MC 49 MC MC
Justin Rose MC Wd MC 63 3 13 9 MC 2
Adam Scott 26 MC 41 12 35 3
Corey Conners 11 3 MC MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 42 MC 42
Aaron Wise 17 MC 40 41
Alexander Noren 49 MC 36 49
Kevin Kisner MC 36 MC 23 MC 2 MC 49
Si Woo Kim 26 Wd MC MC MC 49 63
Keith Mitchell 61 43 5 6
Kurt Kitayama
Jason Day 31 Wd Wd 22 23 1 17 45
Min Woo Lee MC
Lucas Herbert 7
Adrian Meronk
Mackenzie Hughes 54 MC
Scott Stallings MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Taylor Montgomery
Adam Svensson MC
Adam Hadwin MC 33 6 36
Davis Thompson 42
Andrew Putnam MC 4 MC
JJ Spaun 52 63 49
Nick Taylor 32 MC 56 MC 35
Rickie Fowler 52 72 18 40 14 12 29 MC 3
Harris English 26 9 68 22 MC MC 29 14 57
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 20 7 18
Davis Riley MC
Thomas Detry
Thriston Lawrence
Brendon Todd 60 57 18 MC MC
Joel Dahmen MC 5 MC
Luke List MC 63 10 7 17
Gary Woodland 5 MC 21 20 27
Cameron Davis MC MC
Danny Willett 52 31 18 MC Wd 29
Emiliano Grillo 21 Dq 26 7 17
Trey Mullinax MC
Ben Griffin
Alex Smalley 38
Hayden Buckley 68
Taylor Moore 42
Matthew NeSmith MC MC
Taylor Pendrith 42
Ben Taylor
Troy Merritt 74 24 56 3
Justin Suh MC
Wyndham Clark MC 68
Lucas Glover 74 66 MC 10 49 7 27 MC 14 MC
Robby Shelton MC 56 MC
Aaron Rai MC
Will Gordon 49
Beau Hossler 20 24 58 66
Seong Hyeon Kim
Chez Reavie 77 49 MC 60
Patrick Rodgers 38 57 24 46 7 MC 20
Francesco Molinari MC 1 26 7 9 17 5 34
Adam Schenk 42 29
Kevin Streelman MC MC 58 41 70 MC 67 21
Callum Tarren
Sam Ryder 61 MC 33
Garrick Higgo MC
Webb Simpson MC 68 43 MC
Lee Hodges MC
David Lipsky 26
Mark Hubbard 43 MC MC
Tyson Alexander
Eric Cole
Stewart Cink 47 MC 58 28 MC MC 66 63
Nick Hardy
Joseph Bramlett
Ryan Palmer 60
Byeong Hun An 43 56 10 14 49 36
Greyson Sigg 68
Justin Lower
Martin Laird 52 43 MC 26 49 43 43 76 34
Peter Malnati MC MC MC
David Lingmerth 64 72 63 13 52 50
Patton Kizzire 32 57 MC MC
Pierceson Coody
Scott Piercy MC MC 54 MC MC
Padraig Harrington 42 31 MC MC 49 67
Nate Lashley MC MC
Charley Hoffman 10 13 MC 14 2 MC
Harrison Endycott
Zach Johnson 42 49 32 40 26 66 5 9 43 34
Aaron Baddeley 17 41 MC 35 MC
Ryan Brehm
Cole Hammer
Luke Donald MC MC
Kyle Westmoreland
Ludvig Aberg
Dylan Frittelli 42 MC 18
Erik Barnes
Andrew Novak
Ryan Armour MC 77
Ben Martin MC 41 12 5 MC
Harry Higgs 42
Kamaiu Johnson MC
Greg Koch MC

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