Emiliano Grillo early leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

  • Emiliano Grillo early leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Emiliano Grillo early leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

"I couldn't think of a better way to honor him than to be there on Sunday afternoon, finishing the way he would", Snedeker said.

Cink wore so many layers club selection became even more of a chore. "I shed two layers, but I still got layers on". Just another round. Some good shots, some not-so-good shots, but mostly a solid, steady display. They cheered loudly when his iron shot at the 199-yard, par-3 7th looked like it might go in, and even louder when he sank his 10-foot birdie putt to get back in red numbers.

In the first staging of the event since the September death of Palmer, Day adjusted to the conditions well enough to shoot a two-under 70 on the Bay Hill course.

Saunders battled throughout the afternoon but made double bogey on No. 18 to finish 2 over, a respectable round given how hard the course played at times and how much has gone on outside the ropes this week.

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England plays his shot from the ninth tee during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando Thursday.

European Ryder Cup player Matthew Fitzpatrick took up the baton on behalf of the global players, shooting 69 to lie second on eight under par before the afternoon wave of players came out to play.

Sam Saunders, Palmer's grandson, had another 74 and was in danger of missing the cut.

Chun, 22, has two majors on her resume as she also won the Evian Championship a year ago. "Every year I came here and talked to Arnold about life, and that's something I'm going to miss dearly".

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"If you're going to play bad, you might as well go down swinging sort of thing. Those memories you don't forget", Day said.

The pristine yet challenging putting surfaces at Bay Hill will become only slicker and trickier in the warmer weather.

"It was regular golf for me", he said.

Grillo was able to tame Bay Hill after it dealt him back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth holes. 3 and 4 before rallying with seven birdies, including four on the front nine and three on the back.

"I get to have that memory of actually standing with him, talking to him and being his champion".

Perhaps sick of the hole, he walked onto the green still shoeless, and putted the ball in with his pitching wedge for a triple bogey. "Playing in the fairway, that helps".

Third-placed Fitzpatrick also used a sharp short game to stay on the leaderboard with a 69.