Jason Day believes defending the Arnold Palmer Invitational would be a tribute fit for "The King", and history says the Australian can do it this week.
Charley Hoffman had seven birdies in a 6-under 66 that gives him a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
The culprit for Grillo's bad day?
The world No. 2 received an extraordinarily lucky break at the par-four 18th, where he hooked his drive over the out-of-bounds line and into the property of an adjacent house.
Brooks Koepka looked like he was finally going to make a cut.
The four time PGA Tour victor recorded the equal best round on day two (66) alongside Australian Leishman. His drive at the 18th hole went left, and he had to play away from the pin on his approach.
"This year has been a below-average putting year". I think we all feel that.
"Those 35-40 footers (Hoffman holed two putts from outside 30 feet) are luck but if I keep making them inside 10 feet I'm going to be OK".
"I started thinking about all the years that I've played in the tournament, and I just started thinking about him driving around in the cart and watching me", Saunders said. Asked how much he thought of Palmer, he said, "All day". "It's actually made it go by kind of quickly, it's made it flow evenly for me, so it hasn't been a lot of sitting around and feeling emotions, just because I've been so busy, on top of trying to prepare for a golf tournament".
'I learnt the hard way last year, I didn't hit many greens at all and I was getting up and down from everywhere and managed to still finish tied 27th, so something I had in mind this year was purely to hit more greens.
Fitzpatrick's short game also was the key for the day's only bogey-free round. "It's still not quite where I want it, but at least it was better", he said.
Things were especially tough on the morning group, which produced a host of big numbers including an 82 from Patrick Rodgers and a 79 from Vijay Singh. "Just really comfortable with the putter right now".
They were at 11-under 205, three shots clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman and Matt Fitzpatrick.
In the first staging of the event since the death of Palmer in September a year ago, his grandson Sam Saunders missed the cut by one stroke.