ORLANDO, Fla. – The PGA Tour’s Florida swing wraps up this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here are featured groups to watch at Bay Hill (all times ET):
8:11 a.m. Thursday (10th tee), 12:56 p.m. Friday (first tee): Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson
Scott is the hottest player in golf after winning his last two starts at the Honda Classic and the WGC-Cadillac Championship and looks to continue momentum heading into the Masters. The 2013 Masters champ was off the radar two months ago, now is among the favorites at Augusta National. Snedeker hasn’t played since Pebble Beach and withdrew at Doral because of a rib injury. Stenson has only played in the States twice this year but tied for 11th last week at Valspar. He had a chance to win here last year, but finished a shot behind Matt Every.
1:08 p.m. Thursday (first tee), 8:23 a.m. Friday (10th tee): Kevin Kisner, Rory McIlroy, Matt Every
McIlroy is a featured group, no matter who he’s grouped with. And he’s especially important to watch since we’re nearing the Masters. This is also his first start since blowing a 54-hole lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Every is looking to win at Bay Hill for a third consecutive year, which seems ridiculous for anyone not named Woods. After a decent start to the year, Kisner has cooled off and has missed the cut, tied for 70th and tied for 23rd in his last three starts.
12:56 p.m. Thursday (first tee), 8:11 a.m. Friday (10th tee): Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama
Two of the three men who won major championships last year are in this group, along with Matsuyama, who won in Phoenix last month. Day has only played four times this year and has not played particularly well coming off a career year. On Tuesday at Bay Hill, he acknowledged that he rarely plays well in Florida, too, making him an interesting watch. Johnson has missed the cut and tied for 47th in his last two starts. The 2007 Masters champ needs a spark. Pronto.