On The Range Blog - March 21

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On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Billy Kratzert (4-time PGA TOUR winner)
Analyst: Brandel Chamblee (Golf Channel Analyst)

This Week’s Events
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Bay Hill Club & Lodge - Orlando, FL
Defending Champion: Martin Laird

Marquee Player
Brandt Snedeker
-2012 Farmers Insurance Open winner
-3 career PGA TOUR wins
-4th in scrambling on 2012 PGA TOUR
-6th appearance in Arnold Palmer Invitational
-Caddie: Scott Vail
-Swing Instructor: Todd Anderson

Course Survey
Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Par 72 – 7,381 yards)

-Drive it straight and long: 2011 winner Martin Laird and 2010 winner Ernie Els both finished 4th in the field in Total Driving. Both were also Top 10 in Ball Striking for the week.

-Lag putting is key: On the 2011 PGA TOUR, Bay Hill had the highest proximity to the hole from the fairway (36’8”) and 3rd highest overall proximity to the hole (39’0”)

-Champions finish strong: 3 of the past 4 winners have not only played the final 3 holes at Bay Hill under par but bogey-free for the entire week. Last year Martin Laird played the final 3 holes in 4-under for the week. Despite the 18th being one of the most difficult closing holes on the PGA TOUR, no champion has played the hole over par for the week since Chad Campbell in 2004.

Top 5: Nicknames in Golf History
Arnold Palmer is a 7-time Major Champion, World Golf Hall of Fame member and host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. For many, he's known simply as The King. Where does his nickname stack up against some of the other golf greats? Here are the results of our On The Range Poll and our analyst rankings for Top 5 Nicknames in Golf History (Share your thoughts or Top 5 in the comments section):

Gary Williams
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Hawk (Ben Hogan)
3. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)
4. Lumpy (Tim Herron)
5. The Walrus (Craig Stadler) 

Billy Kratzert
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Shark (Greg Norman)
3. The Walrus (Craig Stadler)
4. The Big Easy (Ernie Els)
5. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)

Viewer Poll Results
1. The King (Arnold Palmer)
2. The Shark (Greg Norman)
3. The Big Easy (Ernie Els)
4. The Golden Bear (Jack Nicklaus)
5. The Walrus (Craig Stadler)

Featured Groupings
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Coverage Begins Thursday at 2:30PM ET on Golf Channel

Thursday, 12:56PM ET (1st)
Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas

Thursday, 1:08PM ET (1st)
Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Sang-Moon Bae

Friday, 12:56PM ET (1st)
Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan

Friday, 1:08PM ET (1st)
Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose