Arnold Palmer Invitational report and link to scores
Matt Fitzpatrick two behind leader Hoffman
ORLANDO, Florida. – Notes and observations from the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, where Charley Hoffman leads by a stroke at 10-under 134. For more coverage, click here for the Daily Wrap-up.
HOFFMAN TURNS THE TIDE AFTER BEING TOLD HE
WAS AIMING LEFT WITH HIS PUTTER!
Charley Hoffman hasn’t had much success in his rare appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
Entering this year, Hoffman, pictured, had missed the cut in three of four starts and broken par just twice in those 10 rounds.
He’s in position to change his fortune at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, though. Hoffman holds the halfway lead after shooting 68-66.
He’s making his first start here since 2013 after a missed cut at last week’s Valspar Championship left him out of the field for next week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.
“I wasn’t in Match Play, and then obviously honouring Arnie is not a hard thing to come here and (do),” said Hoffman, who’s No. 85 in the FedExCup.
“He was what we all wanted to be. Great with the fans. He was the guy (who) sort of paved the way for us. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but just meeting him here and there was always an honour.”
Hoffman remembers a year at the Masters where he teed off in Thursday’s first group, which meant starting his round after Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit the honorary opening tee shots. He ignored protocol and asked them to autograph flags for his foundation’s fundraiser, and for his personal collection.
Hoffman is scoring well after learning earlier this week that he was aiming left with his putter. Fixing his alignment has helped him hole more putts, including two putts from outside 30 feet. He ranks 188th in strokes gained: putting this season, but is No. 6 in that statistic this week.
Hoffman is a four-time US PGA Tour winner. This is the sixth time he’s held the 36-hole lead. He’s never won after holding the halfway lead.
FITZPATRICK SEEKS FIRST PRO USA VICTORY,
HAVING BEEN US AMATEUR CHAMPIONEngland's Matthew Fitzpatrick is just 22 years old, but he’s already won three times on the European Tour and represented the continent in the Ryder Cup. Fitzpatrick has played at Bay Hill since his amateur days (he earned an invitation in 2014 after winning the previous year’s U.S. Amateur) and now is in contention for his first US Tour win.
He is in third place, two shots behind Hoffman, despite missing 14 greens in the first two rounds.
“The bad short game shots were 7 to 8 feet and the good ones were stiff. That’s really important,” he said. “I managed to hole a few of those 7- to 8-footers for par and a couple for birdie, as well.”
Fitzpatrick, who weighs just 155 pounds, is known for a stellar short game. He played a semester under Pat Goss at Northwestern University , the alma mater of Luke Donald, another player who’s known for wedge wizardry, and carries the school’s name on his staff bag.
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