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McIlroy and Scott do battle again at Bay Hill

McIlroy, along with Scott, the form horses this week.(file photo) (Photo: Bruce Young)
The Arnold Palmer Championship at Bay Hill Club in Orlando has attracted some big names in 2016 with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott not always with this event on their schedule but seeing it as important in their lead up to Augusta National which is now just three weeks away.

Both players are in good form at present and with McIlroy having finished 11th in his only start in the event last year and Scott having finished 3rd behind Matt Every two years ago, there is reason to believe that they could easily feature over the weekend.

McIlroy finished 3rd behind Scott at the recent WGC Cadillac Championship and Scott comes off the back of his two wins and runner-up finish this season.

Henrik Stenson may well be the man the more fancied players have to watch. Stenson has been inside the top ten in each of his last three starts at Bay Hill Club in Orlando. Stenson has played only four events in 2016 but has played well each time and his comfort zone at Bay Hill suggests he might be in for a very big week.

Jason Day does not enjoy a good record at Bay Hill, his 17th place last year his best in five attempts. He has played four events this year with just one top ten so he will be keen to show some improvement as he builds towards Augusta National where he has played so well in the past.

In his only start in this event last year, Hideki Matsuyama finished a respectable 21st and, although his last two starts have been below his best, a win in Phoenix in February gives a better indication to his chances.

Perhaps surprisingly, Matt Every has consecutive wins here in the past two years and while his recent form is not much different to that he was producing prior to this event last year, it seems unlikely he could win again – surely?

Justin Rose appears to be warming to his task in recent starts and does boast some good form in this event having finished 3rd and 2nd in recent attempts.

Australians in the field other than Scott and day are Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Aaron Baddeley and Ryan Ruffels securing the third of his allowed seven invitations as a non-member of the PGA Tour    





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