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Rory McIlroy two back of leader Corey Conners at Arnold Palmer Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. – Corey Conners spent more time grinding out pars than chasing birdies, and that proved to be the right recipe Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as Bay Hill began to bake under a warm sun.
Conners surged into the lead with a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole – his second eagle on that hole in two days – for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot advantage over former Bay Hill winner Martin Laird (67).

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Jennifer Kupcho, Austin Ernst tied at Drive On; Nelly Korda three back

OCALA, Fla. – Jennifer Kupcho and Austin Ernst each shot their second straight 5-under 67 to share the second-round lead Friday in the LPGA Tour’s Drive On Championship.
A day after playing most of the back nine with a migraine that blurs her vision, Kupcho had six birdies and a bogey at Golden Ocala.
“I’m feeling a lot better today,” the 23-year-old former NCAA champion said. “I would say yesterday was pretty rough. Yeah, the whole back nine I just pretty much wanted to get off the golf course and go lay down.

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Rickie Fowler’s next step after making API cut? ‘Play like hell’

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rickie Fowler might still be grinding on his swing, but he’s at least sticking around for the weekend thanks to a late rally Friday at Bay Hill.
After yanking a drive well into the lake on the third hole and making double to drop to 5 over, Fowler responded with three straight birdies, at Nos. 4-6, and parred his final three holes of the day to shoot 2-under 70. At 2 over par, Fowler finished on the cut line, right at T-65 with the top 65 and ties making it to Rounds 3 and 4.

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Robert Gamez shoots 92, then DQ’d after not signing scorecard

ORLANDO, Fla. – Robert Gamez won the 1990 Nestle Invitational at Bay Hill with a walk-off eagle.
On Friday, he just walked off.
Gamez followed an opening 79 with a 20-over 92 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he then was disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard, which wasn’t pretty: no birdies, just five pars, seven bogeys, five doubles and a triple at the par-4 11th hole.
Because Gamez didn’t sign his card, the round was officially wiped out on the leaderboard.

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Affidavit: Man found Tiger Woods unconscious after SUV crash

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. – A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a mangled SUV after the Woods crashed the vehicle in Southern California, authorities said in court documents obtained Friday.
The man, who lives near the site in Rolling Hills Estates, heard the crash and walked to the SUV, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schloegl wrote in an affidavit.
The man told deputies that Woods would not respond to his questions. The first deputy on the scene, Carlos Gonzalez, has said Woods was able to talk to him and answer basic questions.

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Rickie Fowler’s next step should he make API cut? ‘Play like hell’

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rickie Fowler might still be grinding on his swing, but he’s at least got a chance of sticking around for the weekend thanks to a late rally Friday at Bay Hill.
After yanking a drive well into the lake on the third hole and making double to drop to 5 over, Fowler responded with three straight birdies, at Nos. 4-6, and parred his final three holes of the day to shoot 2-under 70. In the clubhouse at 2 over, Fowler was right on the projected cut line when he finished, meaning he’ll have to wait and see if he can finish among the top 65 and ties.

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Jason Day back in API mix despite two doubles, tree ball

ORLANDO, Fla. – For a moment on Friday at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Jason Day appeared to be birdwatching. With binoculars pressed to his eyes, Day was closely studying a nest in one of the trees right of the 16th fairway.
Only on this particular occasion, Day wasn’t staring down a birdie or eagle – of any variety.
He was trying to identify his golf ball.
“I could see the [Bridgestone] Tour B XS logo on the side and I’m like, ‘That’s it, that’s perfect,’” Day said afterward, adding that he had never had a ball get stuck in a tree before.

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Rory McIlroy, Corey Conners lead with Bryson DeChambeau one back at API

ORLANDO, Fla. – Bay Hill was bustling Thursday, just like golf before the pandemic. The fans were limited in numbers, but they all wanted the same dose of entertainment provided by Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau.
First it was McIlroy, slowly feeling better about his game, and with good reason. Starting with a 55-foot putt on the par-3 second hole, he ran off five straight birdies for a share of the lead with Corey Conners in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at 6-under 66.

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Nelly Korda stays hot, Jennifer Kupcho overcomes migraine at Drive On Championship

OCALA, Fla. – Nelly Korda didn’t miss a beat four days after her first LPGA Tour title on U.S. soil, outplaying her sister and the world’s No. 1 player for a 5-under 67 to share the lead at the Drive On Championship.
Former NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho managed a 67 despite playing most of the back nine with a migraine that blurs her vision. Austin Ernst also had a 67 at Golden Ocala.
The third-ranked Korda was part of a featured group that played early before the cool morning yielded to warm sunshine.

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Beyond the Fairway: Sadena Parks on bringing diversity to the game

This week on Beyond the Fairway, Doug Smith and Will Lowery are joined by Sadena Parks who reflects on her time on the LPGA Tour, why her purpose changed, what it was like to be a Black female golfer and be a part of the LGBT community, and how she is trying to bring more diversity to the game.

Also Doug and Will reflect on how they felt when they heard the news about Tiger Woods, Annika Sorrenstam’s return and they give out their Shanks of the Week.

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After another tease at No. 6, Bryson DeChambeau may be close to finally pulling trigger

ORLANDO, Florida – By the time Bryson DeChambeau teed off on the fourth hole Thursday at Bay Hill, some 50 yards away a throng of anxious spectators had already lined up around the sixth tee box.
With the wind still blowing steadily from the southwest, DeChambeau, who has recently hinted at driving the green at the par-5 sixth, thought to himself, Man, it may be possible if the wind kind of flips a little bit. Deep down, though, he knew it wouldn’t – at least not Thursday – and two holes later when he stepped on the tee at the 555-yard hole, he was already prepared to disappoint.

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Sheriff: No ‘probable cause’ to issue search warrant for Tiger Woods’ blood work

In his weekly virtual press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said investigators continue to look into the single-vehicle accident that left Tiger Woods in the hospital following multiple surgeries to his right leg.
Sheriff Villanueva was asked specifically about the “black box” in Woods’ Genesis SUV. The department announced that deputies had executed a search warrant Monday to retrieve data from the device.
“The investigators in the collision, they did a search warrant to access the black box of the vehicle, that’s all it is.

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