ORLANDO, Fla. – For Henrik Stenson this was nothing short of a shot-clock violation.
Late Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Stenson was playing the 15th hole with a one-stroke lead when a PGA Tour rules official informed his group they were on the clock.
It was the second time Stenson and Morgan Hoffmann found themselves on the clock on Sunday, and the added pressure, according to Stenson, did little to help the mounting pressure.
“On the green I didn’t really have much time to look at my putt and rushed that one,” said Stenson, who three-putted the 15th hole from 45 feet and needed three putts from the fringe at No. 16.
“That’s really what cost me the tournament.”
Stenson closed with a 70 to finish one stroke behind Matt Every, who birdied the 18th hole.
“I thought we were here to play golf and not finish at 6 [p.m.],” said Stenson, who had two three-putts the first three rounds. “I know we have times to take into consideration. If one, two minutes on the broadcast is going to make or break it then I think we need to have some more leeway with it.”
Sunday’s tee times at Bay Hill were moved back five minutes, with the final group heading out at 2 p.m. compared to 1:55 p.m. on Saturday. Last year at Bay Hill the final group on Sunday teed off at 1:55 p.m. as well.