Here’s what you missed from Round 1 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 8, 2019

The PGA Tour’s Florida swing continues in Orlando this week, as the Tour’s best gathered to pay tribute to Arnold Palmer’s legacy at Bay Hill.

Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlory, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose are just a handful of the top players in the field, but perhaps the biggest story of the week is who isn’t playing — that would be Tiger Woods, who announced on Monday that he had to withdraw from the tournament because of a neck strain.

Here’s everything you missed from the first-round action in Orlando.

Though Rafa Cabrera Bello has five international victories, he's never won on the PGA Tour.
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Rafa Cabrera Bello leads

Rafa Cabrera Bello shot seven-under 65 in his opening round at Bay Hill. The Spaniard started on the tenth hole, and made four birdies in his first six holes. “Getting off to a hot start was nice. It set the tone,” Cabrera Bello said after his round.

The good momentum continued into his second nine, where he added four more birdies (including three in a row on Nos. 4-6) and a lone bogey.

Add it together and he holds a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley with 54 holes to play. Though Cabrera Bello has five international wins to his name, he’s still seeking his first PGA Tour title.

 

 

Phil Mickelson is back in the mix

Mercurial Phil had a good opening round at Bay Hill, carding seven birdies, a bogey and a double bogey en route to a round of four-under-par 68.

Lefty is currently tied for third with four other players: Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Patrick Rodgers and Graeme McDowell.

Phil’s extensive win resume does include a victory at Bay Hill, but it was back in 1997.

D.A. Points's reaction to his ace was ... lacking

D.A. Points made a hole-in-one on the 203-yard par-3 seventh hole, but you certainly wouldn’t know it by his reaction.

To his credit, Points acknowledged his muted celebration with a follow-up tweet.

Points shot even par in Round 1 and is currently T49.

The tournament headliners have some work to do

Tournament headliners Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler had less-than-ideal opening rounds.

Defending champ McIlroy made four birdies and just as many bogeys to finish at even par (T49), while Justin Rose fared a bit better at one under on the day (T33).

Fowler and Koepka struggled to rounds of two-over-par 74 and are T72.