Koepka, Fowler headline notable groups at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Heather Diaz
March 10, 2019

Back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time in six years, Mickelson capped off a wild round by almost holing his approach from the 18th fairway for his seventh birdie on a round that will be remembered more for the shot Lefty tried to play right-handed.

"I've been messing around with a 64-degree lob wedge as I think that could be beneficial around (Augusta)", McIlroy, a victor of the USA and British Opens and the PGA Championship, said.

"Apart from (the fourth through sixth holes) I actually played quite well today", Leishman said.

Cabrera Bello will head into the second round two clear of Keegan Bradley, who shot a flawless five-under-par 67 to take sole occupancy of second place on the leaderboard. "But, listen, I'm focusing really on the big picture right now".

Five players were tied for third after carding four-under-par 68s - Graeme McDowell, Patrick Rodgers, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel. This time, the new Rules of Golf helped Mickelson because he was able to move the ball one club length and escaped with double bogey.

Mickelson's double-bogey came at the expense of one of the more daring shots of the day as the five-time major victor attempted a right-handed shot behind a net.

The 38-year-old Rose will this year ditch his usual playing of the event prior to the four majors and admits he is already thinking about Augusta National.

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Although this is just Tommy Fleetwood's third start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Bay Hill layout has become something of a second home for the Englishman.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had an erratic start with an even-par 70, finishing with back-to-back birdies to rescue his opening round.

Earlier in the day, the event took another loss as Jason Day had to withdraw from the tournament because of a back injury.

"I saw a physio here and tried to do as much work as I possibly could to get ready for this week".

Quizzed by reporters after the round Day, who didn't play a practise round or the pro-am this week, said he had hoped the injury would settle down during the round but it hadn't.

Day later revealed he had been struggling with a sore back last week and underwent an MRI scan on Monday which indicated a tear in a disc.

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