Final Round Preview –PGA Tour – Arnold Palmer Invitational – Bay Hill Club and Lodge – Orlando, Florida –
Adam Scott’s 54-hole lead has been trimmed from seven shots to just three strokes, but the Aussie is clearly the favorite to win the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
The victory would be his 11th PGA Tour career title and fifth worldwide triumph since capturing the Masters Tournament last April. He would also overtake Tiger Woods at the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
If the pressure of the moment gets to Scott (who did blow a four-shot lead in 18 holes to Rory McIlroy last winter in Australia), look for former PGA Champion Keegan Bradley to benefit.
Bradley, who shot 6-under-66 Saturday, opened the week with a 71 opposite of Scott’s 62. Trailing by nine at that point, Keegan (12-under now) has battled back to within three shots of Scott’s 15-under heading into Sunday’s final round.
The pair tee off at 1:55 p.m. local time in Orlando at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Matt Every and Jason Kokrak are 11-under and four back, while Chesson Hadley and Francesco Molinari are 10-under.
Ian Poulter, J.B. Holmes and Ryo Ishikawa are inside the Top 10 this week as the Florida Swing comes to a close.
While Scott was a 16-to-1 betting selection to start the week, Bradley was 28-1 at Skybet.com. he was third last year in All-Around Ranking and 11th on the Money List, but has been failing to close out victories. Bradley was T-3 here at Bay Hill last season.
Keegan was a runner-up last season at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Byron Nelson Championship. Look for Scott and Bradley to duel it out under more difficult conditions Sunday at Bay Hill.
Other Golf News:
- Every, a former contestant on the Golf Channel’s Big Break reality show, is No. 94 in the world rankings. He finished 73rd on the PGA Tour’s Money List a season ago and is a 66-1 betting selection this week.
- Lydia Ko (16-under) leads Jessica Korda and rookie Mirim Lee by a shot at the JTBC LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
- Fred Couples and Jay Haas (both 7-under) are chasing Billy Andrade and Fred Fuck (8-under) at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic on the Champions Tour.
- The PGA Tour hosts the Valero Texas Open next week in San Antonio. Martin Laird is the defending champion.
- The World Golf Hall of Fame is updating its criteria for entry. A special announcement is slated for later Sunday.