ORLANDO, Fla. – While Ernie Els was over on Bay Hill's 15th hole trying to capture his second victory of the year Trevor Immelman, Tim Herron and Skip Kendall had minimal work to do on the ninth hole to close out their respective rounds at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
In this case, for more than the obvious reason, Herron stood out more than the other two. Kendall and Immelman were without their caddies but Herron had his to help him negotiate the ball into the hole from 184 yards out in the middle of the fairway.
Immelman stood 170 yards from the hole and trotted out to the fairway before the noon horn blew with only four clubs in his hand – 6-iron, 7-iron, lob wedge and putter. He hit his approach to 22 feet and made the putt for par.
“I told [caddie Mick Dorin] not to bother,” Immelman said. “There was no point in him hanging around. I figured I could handle it.”
Kendall was even closer to the hole as he had already hit his approach from 206 yards Sunday afternoon right before play was halted for the day. Still, he met his ball on the front, left fringe with two wedges and a putter. He chipped the ball to 9 inches and tapped in for par.
“I didn’t know what I was going to hit,” Kendall said. “I didn’t have time to look at the shot before the weather came so I had to bring two wedges for 30 seconds of work.”
Immelman and Kendall finished at 10 over and tied for 71st. Herron tied for 52nd place at 5 over.