As expected the players attacked the course at Bay Hill today with many shooting under par. Morgan Hoffmann is the early leader, Hoffmann carded an impressive 6 under par to lead after day 1.
There are 5 players sitting 1 back at 5 under par and 12 players just 2 shots back at -4. Last years favorite Adam Scott is among the players at 4 under and got off to a good start. The former Masters champion made 5 birdies and 1 bogey on his way to a solid 4 under par opening round.
Rory McIlroy was going well until he tried to take on his second shot from the rough on 16 and found the water. He battled back to stay in contention with a final birdie and score of 2 under par.
World number 3 Henrik Stenson also had a solid first round of 4 under par to put him in the mix along with last years FedEx cup winner Billy Horshel, Keegan Bradley and Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III among others.
Englishman Ian Poulter also kept up his recent momentum by carding 3 birdies and an eagle to reach 5 under par and sit one shot back of Hoffmann.
McIlroys playing partner Rickie Fowler struggled early on with 2 dropped shots in as many holes but fought back well to finish 1 under par. A few too many dropped shots from the talented young American sees him a few back after day 1, but nothing he isn't capable of repairing.
Brandt Snedeker got the shot of the day when a stroke of luck on the 18th saw his ball take 2 bounces of the rocks to end up within 10 ft of the flag, helping him to reach 4 under par.
As expected it looks like we are in for an exciting and low scoring event at Bay Hill.