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Playing out of the late wave, World No. 39 Lee Westwood smoothed a bogey-free 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, good for T7 on the board, three back of co-leaders Rory McIlroy and Corey Conners.
The 47-year-old was one of only two players (of 123 total) to navigate Bay Hill bogey-free on Day 1, joining 24-year-old first-timer Doug Ghim (71). He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.414 SG: Off-the-Tee, 1.547 SG: Approach, 1.456 SG: Around, and 4.417 SG: Tee-to-Green. The reigning Race to Dubai champion penciled three birdies at 10 (chip-in from 22'10" away), 12 and 13, the latter two conventionally from 6'8" and 6'11", respectively. He recorded a pedestrian 1.917 putts per GIR and -0.254 SG: Putting with 28 total putts, lowlighted by a 3-putt par at the par-5 sixth from 45'0". This is the Englishman's 14th API with six previous top 25s, most recently a T17 four tries ago in 2008, where he was T3 after 18 and 36 holes (66-68-72-72). He arrived 3-for-5 on the season with one top 25, a T13 at the U.S. Open in his season-opener (67-76-72-72), and off a T61 at last week's WGC-Workday on 8-over 296 (74-69-77-76). "Yeah, last week was a bit of an eye opener. I haven't played on a golf course with that kind of severity of greens for quite some time. And I struggled a little bit, I struggled mentally, really, to come to terms with some good shots finishing some 30 yards from the green. And I let it get the better of me."
Playing out of the late wave and beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 59 Sebastian Munoz walked off with birdie en route to a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, good for a three-way T4, two shy of co-leaders Rory McIlroy and Corey Conners.
This is the Colombian's second appearance after a missed cut by two last year on 5-over 149 (75-74). He checked in 10-for-13 on the season with six top 25s, including at last week's WGC-Workday (T22), and one top 10, a solo 9th 10 starts ago at THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK (71-70-67-69). On 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the North Texas alum did most of his damage off-the-tee (+2.133) and on approach (+2.151), and eked out a 0.092 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey 4 at 14 (failed scramble), outflanked by five birdies at 13, 16, 3, 6 and 9, highlighted by a 3 at 9 from 28'5". The 28-year-old registered 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.776 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. "I played great golf. Yesterday I wasn't hitting the ball that good and my coach was over here. We didn't really find anything, and just the change of day, a change of rhythm a little bit and stroked it very nice today. Really pleased with the way I hit the ball and it was so nice to go away with that 3 at the end."