Arnold Palmer Invitational: Worst scores of the first round-Golf News

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Worst scores of the first round-Golf News

The first round of the $ 6 million-dollar Arnold Palmer Invitational wrapped up on Thursday with majority of the field stuck in the bottom most section of the leader board, which is a dangerous sign. The Professional Golf Association Tour event has $1,080,000 allocated for the winner, which is sponsored by MasterCard and apart from that, the winner will get 500 FedEx points, if he takes over the par-72 Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida.

Thirty players managed to break par in the day, while rest of the field failed to cope with the long pars, the fast greens and the windy weather. Few of such veterans were Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Woods who is the former world-number one teed off from the front and birdied the opening hole. The early accomplishment set the mood of the spectators to expect better, but Woods once again, failed to comply with the expectations and dropped two shots to cross the par.

The 14-time major winner marched towards the back with a wayward approach and bogeyed the 14th hole after netting a birdie. He repeated the same cycle on the closing hole and walked the clubhouse with a long face. Woods faced problem in driving accuracy, driving distance and putting. Nothing seemed to run in his favour, but according to the veteran himself, the wind and the dusty conditions made a mess of his score.

The player who was once known as the killing machine could not tackle the harsh conditions and joined the group at the 31st spot, which included Sergio Garcia of Spain.

Garcia was not any better! He reeled only two birdies against three bogeys and failed to break the par.

A little worse than Garcia and Woods was Jim Furyk: the golfer, who topped the money rankings in 2010, was honoured with the Player of the Year accolade and had three titles in his belt. But, Furyk forgot to bring the same charisma to the Bay Hill and carded 2-over par 74 in the first eighteen holes. No doubt, he was superb in driving accuracy, as majority of his tee shots hit the fairways, but that was not enough, as his putter did not back him on 9 out of 18 greens. Resultantly, he bogeyed two holes, double-bogeyed one and birdied only two.

Somewhat similar to him was the 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa and 17-year-old Matteo Manassero. Ishikawa, who is known as the poster boy of Japan could not give a single happy face photo to the press for his fans.  The Japanese punter took off from the front and carded four holes in shades of yellow. The yellow colour represents a bogey on the PGA tour. He tried cutting off the loss with two birdies in the closing four holes, but could not produce much difference. He wrapped the round at 2-over.

This is the first half of the article regarding the worst scores of the day. To find out, who else became part of the honour, refer to bettor.







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