McIroy grabs early first-round lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

McIroy grabs early first-round lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

"The Arnold Palmer is one of my favourite events of the year so I wanted to be sharp".

American golfer Matt Every led Rory McIlroy by one stroke after the first round of the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

A year ago, the Italian shot a final-round 64 at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., claiming a two-stroke win over Matthew Fitzpatrick of England. It's a weird game.

"It bothers me that [cannabis] is even an issue [and] on the list of banned substances", he said on Friday (AEDT). Those playing in the afternoon, such as Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed, faced a much stronger wind.

Leishman's fellow Australians, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Matt Jones, all struggled on day one. "I think I've got some good planning for the next few weeks building up to Augusta and some good direction to work towards". I hit it good and a lot of things went right for me.

"The start of the season has not been as good as I hoped for, but it's only the start", said Molinari, who was replaced in the field at Bay Hill by South Korea's Lee Kyoung-hoon.

"It wasn't quite up to par over the first three tournaments of the year". Putting better. Driving it better.

Starting on the back nine, world number one McIlroy found water as he bogeyed his second hole but managed to still be under par at the turn thanks to a pair of birdies.

Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler sat tied on five under, a shot ahead of a six-man group that included Graeme McDowell, who was victorious at the Saudi International last month.

McIlroy actually made a poor start to his round, making a mess of the 11th - his second hole - and dropping a shot, but fine birdies on the 16th, 18th and first soon followed to put him on his way.

"Nothing to rave about", said Koepka, who capped his round with back-to-back bogeys at the eighth and ninth.

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