ORLANDO, Fla. – The weather is beginning to heat up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and so are the scores. Here are Fore Things that you should know heading into the weekend at Bay Hill, where Charley Hoffman holds a one-shot lead:
1. Jason Day working out the driver kinks. The world No. 2 is lurking just off the pace, tied for 13th after rounds of 70-71. The biggest issue through the first two rounds, according to Day, has been with the driver as off-center hits have led him to find only 16 of 28 fairways.
2. Course history matters. Francesco Molinari continues to feast on Bay Hill’s penal layout. The Italian moved into solo seventh place after a second-round 68 and is in line for what would be his fourth straight finish of T-17 or better in Orlando. For Molinari, it continues a recent stretch of overall form that includes eight top-20 finishes in his last nine worldwide starts dating back to a win in September at the Italian Open.
3. Or maybe it doesn’t. In four prior appearances at this event, Hoffman has missed three cuts and finished T-59 – so don’t feel bad if you left him off your fantasy roster. The veteran has corrected a few recent putting woes and poured in a pair of lengthy birdies en route to a second-round 66. He’s looking to win for the third straight season.
4. The honeymoon rolls on for Adam Hadwin. Hadwin received plenty of attention for winning the Valspar Championship last week, as well as his decision to bump his upcoming honeymoon to instead prepare for his first Masters. But the Canadian has kept up the momentum following his breakthrough victory and sits inside the top 10 at the halfway point after matching rounds of 2-under 70.