What is it about Bay Hill that you like? If you really hit it well tee to green you can shoot some good scores. Do you like this style? I do, because really this is as much of a measure of attitude as anything else. What is it about Bay Hill that suits your eye? You talked about the Bermuda greens. Being from the region, do you consider that your an advantage and you also very often played much better in the southeast.
Is that also an advantage for you? Talk about the greens at this place. Obviously a change in temperature, especially on the back nine, it started to warm up. You actually went on a bit of a mini run on the middle of your back side. Did it loosen you up a little bit, start to feel a little easier out there in terms of conditions? Yeah, definitely better end of the draw today.
Going to be cold in the morning, obviously. I had a good warm-up, I was good and loose. I had a good stretch this morning and I felt pretty good all day. I was warm, but it did, the ball started going about the proper distance on the back nine.
It was a little shorter early for us even. But good to finish the way I did, always like to birdie the last, and make dinner taste good. Because last year you came in and you had a really impressive showing, too. Anything in particular about this, something kicks in? You know, this course, you got opportunity from the player that has the length, all par 5 you can reach [in] 2, then I just like the greens.
I mean I putted so well this week, no 3-putt at all in the score. What is it about this golf course that you like so much? It suits my game, position off the tee. So, that kind sets up a lot of birdie chances and my putter has been working really nicely these couple of days and some of the previous years as well apparently. What is it about this course that kind of suits your game or kind of fits your eyeball? You always seem to play well every time you come here. What is it about this course?
The same as last week in Tampa, really. Great to see 69 today. How much of this performance comes down that you actually love this course? You know, I was very fortunate to gain a couple of invites through Mr. Palmer in my career. It fits my eye. Thoughts on the course with the new grasses. In beautiful condition and the rough is pretty juicy and the greens are running pure.
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The same year, Arnold Palmer played in and won a charity exhibition tournament at Bay Hill, Arnold fell in love with the course and the area, so much so he wanted to own it. In the summer of Arnold decided to redesign the course with his design company. The course used to play as a Par 70 between and , but it reverted back to a Par 72 in and remains that way today. After , fairways were widened, and overgrown rough and some trees were removed, making driving conditions easier for golfers.
New Bermuda greens also were added. Overall, the last three winners of this event have been 19, 17 and 11 under par. As mentioned above, the course features Bermuda greens, and as a traditional Par 72, also features four par 5s, none of which play longer than yards. As such, these holes will yield a ton of birdies or better during the week and will need to be played well under par by any golfer hoping for a top finish.
While golfers will be able to score on the par 5s, Bay Hill does carry some challenges along the way, including three par 3s that measure yards or longer. Golfers also will be challenged by the longer par-4 finishing hole, which requires an accurate drive off the tee and a steady hand on the approach to a semi-island green.
All in all, expect Bay Hill to yield some birdies, but also expect golfers who hit poor shots to be penalized … severely. There are plus bunkers on the course, and water is in play on half of the holes. This is a course that rewards aggressiveness but can punish those who push their luck too far. Thursday is set to be the coldest day with a high only in the low 70s, so the morning crowd could see a cold start, but otherwise, a draw bias is very unlikely at this point.
As always, check the weather again Wednesday for any changes. Since the redesign, the course has become a little easier to score on, and golfers really have needed to take advantage of the par 5s. Jason Day was second in the field in in that stat for the week, while Leishman was 15th last year.
The course carries some trouble but also should yield a lot of low scores.