Arnold Palmer Invitational

Who would have foreseen the carnage that took place over the final two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

A series of error, almost a comedy of errors resulted in a possible world number one not making it, un heard of players holding their game together and well-seasoned professionals making mistake that amateurs would never even consider taking on.

Who could have thought that a leader starting the third round of a tournament with a lead of 7 shots would end up struggling for 2 days to make a single par, let alone a further birdie to keep the tournament within his grasp.

Player trying to play balls in water hazards, may take some of us back to the fantastic error in judgement of Jean Van De Veldt, when playing the Open.

Shot into hazards and shots running a hundred yard down the side of a buggy path made for 2 rounds of what, from a professional stand point could be considered mediocre.

Adam Scott’s indifferent 3rd round where his 7 shot lead was reduced to 1 and then clawed back to 3, however his faltering 3rd round allowed the chasing pack to close in especially with members of the pack shooting 66’s to pull them into contention, but also to start to threaten the world’s number 1 spot that was within Scott’s grasp after Tiger Woods dropped out from the competition due to back problems.

However this was not enough and even with an outright lead at the start of the 4th round for Scott to win, when all he needed to was to keep to level par, but dropping shots was not enough whilst Matt Every shot a 2 under to take a 1 shot lead and to win a tournament that he has followed since he was a youngster, to land this tournament as his maiden win.

Interestingly nearly all of the field helped Every on his way, not to say that he did not deserve the win, being the only player to hold his nerve and see the job done on the day to win the vent, take the trophy home as well as grabbing the FedEx cup points and a place in the Masters, however it was a close call with Keegan Bradley needing to make a 30 foot putt to force a playoff, but it was not to be.

At Augusta he world number 1 will be up for grabs by one of Woods, Scott or Stenson, so there will be a competition within the competition.

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