CLEVELAND, Ohio — Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Ryan Armour and Hideki Matsuyama are among those in the field for the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational 2018 this week in Florida.
Woods tied for second last week at the Valspar Championship.
ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Site: Orlando, Fla.
Course: Bay Hill Lodge & Resort. Yardage: 7,419. Par: 72.
Purse: $8.9 million. Winner’s share: $1,602,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 (NBC); Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6:30 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Marc Leishman.
Last week: Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship.
FedExCup leader: Justin Thomas.
Notes: Tiger Woods is playing the tournament for the first time since 2013, when he won at Bay Hill for the eighth time. … This is the 25th anniversary of the last time Arnold Palmer made the cut on the PGA Tour. Ben Crenshaw won the tournament; Palmer tied for 71st. … The only time Woods missed the cut at Bay Hill was in 1994 when he was a senior in high school. It was his first time shooting 80 at a PGA Tour event. … Robert Gamez, who holed a 7-iron in 1990 from the 18th fairway to beat Greg Norman, is playing for the 29th consecutive year. He last made the cut in 2008. … Justin Rose is the only player from the top five in the world in the field. … Also playing are Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. … Matsuyama is playing for the first time since he withdrew from the Phoenix Open because of a wrist injury. He has missed the last five weeks. … Former Masters champion Danny Willett, who has dropped out of the top 200 in the world, is playing for the first time in the United States since the PGA Championship in August.
Next week: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
(Fact box from Associated Press.)