The PGA Tour travels to Bay Hill this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the event has been dominated by 8 time champion Tiger Woods in previous years, but he will not feature in 2015 after withdrawing from the event earlier this month as he did in 2014.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational has become one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour in recent years and attracts some of the worlds best players. This year is Rory McIlroys 's first appearance at Bay Hill and the world number 1 is among the list of the favorites to take the title along with Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.
Matt Every took the 2014 title and his first PGA Tour win, just beating Keegan Bradley and last years favorite Adam Scott.
Rory McIlroy , Rickie Fowler and Jason Day feature in the same group for the first 2 rounds of the 2015 championship as do Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott.
McIlroy and Fowler have been close rivals and friends for many years, since their amateur walker cup days with the Northern Irishman winning most duals to date. I feel these two are reminiscent of the rivalry seen between Tiger and Sergio, without the politics and the fact that they actually seem to like each other.
Other players who may contend for the title this week are Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth after both players picked up early wins in the past few weeks. Webb Simpson is also a contender having played in the event regularly since gaining an invite in 2006, Simpson also played here regularly in university.
The conditions at Bay Hill will suit McIlroy and the other big hitters as there is not much wind or bad weather forecast for the week. The fairways are fairly wide and forgiving, with quick true greens and not many recent changes I would expect a low scoring event with some attacking play.
Many people are tipping Henrik Stenson for this years title as he has challenged in previous years and has a lot of course knowledge, coupled with some good recent form he is a strong contender.
Remember we are just 22 days away from the Masters and most of the worlds best will be using the Arnold Palmer Invitational as preparation and a chance to see where their game is at.
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