Emiliano Grillo nonchalantly tosses club in lake after awful shot

Beth Cruz
March 19, 2017

Something is missing for Brandt Snedeker this week at Bay Hill in Orlando. "I didn't hit the ball really the way I wanted".

Parked next to the tee was Palmer's cart - that's where his grandfather loved to watch the action at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - and Saunders grew emotional.

"I just played better, holed some putts", said the man who needs to win next month's Masters to complete the career grand slam of all four major championships. "And just to see it sitting there empty. yeah, that's hard". On Wednesday morning, he emceed a media conference with tournament officials and hosts, and then was first in line to begin a flurry of ceremonial tee shots on the driving range with his fellow competitors.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick goes into the weekend two shots off leader Charley Hoffman after a second-round 69 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His 4-iron landed an inch from the hole and nicked the pin on the par-3 17th.

Even so, it was a big day. He recalled this week that the two spent a couple hours in Palmer's office at Bay Hill, had lunch and then played nine holes together in the afternoon.

World number three Rory McIlroy (65) soared to the edge of contention, the day's equal best score lifting the Northern Irishman within five shots of the lead. The last of his three straight birdies came after a chop-and-run from the rough left of the 18th fairway, and a 70-foot birdie from the fringe. Saunders, the King's 29-year-old grandson, could sense it.

"How can you not?" I think we all feel that, certainly. "It always will be". The nostalgic black and white vignette of Mr. Palmer on the course is accented with his iconic signatureand an open golf umbrella in red, yellow, white and greenhis company logo since 1961.

It's not easy to compete in a PGA Tour event with any outside distractions, let alone so many of them.

"It was more like British weather out there", Emiliano Grillo said. That included a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 17.

"It was a tough day and I was glad to get it in at two under", Day said. I can take a lot from today.

Fowler's wild round featured six birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 fourth hole.

Defending champion Jason Day was among those at 2 under.

Fowler's round was nearly derailed by a sloppy second shot on the par-4 11th that came up short of the green and rolled into the water. Hovland, a freshman from Oslo, Norway, was one of two players named to the squad via committee selection. "It's a three-club difference when it's that cold and that windy and you've got all these layers on".

His grandfather would know the feeling.

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