Picks to win
The 18th hole is by far the most difficult at Bay Hill. For someone to take the title this week they will have to manoeuvre around this daunting Par 4.
It will be playing yards this week and every player will be faced with some nerves on their approach. The fairway is large, straight, and wide open for the players to hit. A large water hazard protects the green and is on the right side of the fairway. Three bunkers to the back of the kidney shaped green will eat up plenty of golf balls this week. The players who do find these bunkers are then faced with a downhill chip shot with water just past the edge of the green.
Expect to see some interesting scores on this difficult hole. Tiger Woods will join these two Top golfers this week, returning after having to withdraw due to a leg injury from his last tournament. Tiger loves Bay Hill as he has tasted victory in 6 of his 15 starts at this venue. Could this be his week finally? Last year Martin Laird defeated Steve Stricker by one shot to take the championship. His final score was -8, a total that should be beat this week based on the projected weather conditions Wet conditions projected before the tournament, and the only day that has a chance of rain is Friday.
Tee-To-Green and Strokes Gained: Many were optimistic Tiger eventually would challenge for a win again, but if any said it would happen this quickly, simply put, they are liars. I mean, he has won this event eight times in his career and is playing out of this world. Each of the past seven winners has played in the API the year previously and made the cut.
Plus, this field is stacked. The Tiger effect on our course knowledge is very much real. Similarly, when we return to a track where Tiger has won eight times, everyone knows what to expect at Bay Hill. With water hazards directly affecting 10 holes , players are forced to lay up off the tee to keep dry or set themselves up for a clean look at the green. That, or potentially pay the price, like on the Par 5 sixth hole. You can take on the water to save some distance to try and get to the green in two, or you can end up carding an 18, like John Daly did in Grillo did the same thing, on a much smaller scale, last season.
The water on the sixth consumed two of his balls — and one of his irons, for good measure. Most of the field will shy away from challenging the water, however, and that leads to a lot of long irons. Quality long irons will help mitigate the difficulty of the long Par 3s three over yards , the lengthier Par 4s six over yards , make the Par 5s slightly easier, and potentially open up an eagle opportunity on the 16th hole. Of the 37 eagles carded at Bay Hill in , 22 were made on No.
He flashed his talent early before struggling and started a little slow, missing the cut in his first three starts. After finally making the cut in his fourth start, he then reeled off three straight top finishes. He is a short hitter off the tee, but many of the holes this week will allow players to club down off the tee and the par-5 holes are short enough so that he will not be at a big disadvantage to the bombers. He is capable of being an elite putter, which should put him into the mix again this week.
Playing for his Tour status, Poulter has made six straight cuts here in Orlando, Florida, with five finishes inside the top He has made seven straight cuts in all tournaments going back to November and appears to be recovering some of the form he had in past years when he was one of the most consistent cut-makers in golf.
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