McIlroy, Fowler, Day grouped at Bay Hill


The PGA Tour wraps up its Florida swing with this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here are three featured groups to watch at Bay Hill: 

Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler: 12:56 p.m. ET Thursday, 8:11 a.m. Friday 

McIlroy makes his final start before the Masters alongside two under-27 players who are also ranked inside the top 11 in the world. The world No. 1 is making his first start at Arnie’s Place, while the other two players in the group are making their fifth career appearance here. Day doesn’t have a top-25, but Fowler tied for third in 2013.

Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka: 8:11 a.m. Thursday, 12:56 p.m. Friday 

Watson and Scott are two of the favorites for the upcoming Masters, and they’ll get one final tune-up together. Bubba has an up-and-down history at Bay Hill – a pair of top-10s, but also three missed cuts and a WD, which came last year, when he withdrew because of allergies. Scott was in position to win this event last year and ascend to world No. 1, but a closing 76 left him in solo third. It was his first appearance since 2009. Koepka tied for 26th last year in his Bay Hill debut.

Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel: 8:23 a.m. Thursday, 1:08 p.m. Friday 

Stenson is arguably the hottest player on the planet, with four consecutive top-15 finishes, including back-to-back fourth-place showings. The world No. 3 has also fared well here in the past, with top-15s from 2012-14. Snedeker posted his first top 10 in eight tries a year ago. Since his victory at Pebble, he has finished outside the top 50 in two of his three starts. Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel has had an even tougher time. In nine full-field events this season, he has yet to crack the top 30.