Orlando, Florida, March 3: Anirban Lahiri loves the Bay Hill course, but he has not been able to the kind of results he wants or deserves at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Lahiri, who has been finding his form in patches but not been able to string together four rounds for a high quality result.
Lahiri comes into the event after a T-39 finish at the Puerto Rico and his results in 2021 have been somewhat lowkey with two missed cuts in four starts with Puerto Ricco as the best.
Lahiri will tee off in the company of Danny Lee and Doug Ghim at just past noon from the tenth tee.
The year 2020 saw Lahiri make only 11 starts on the PGA Tour as he was in India during the pandemic and did not play March and August.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational was his last start before then pandemic halted the Tour schedule after the first round at the Players. Lahiri missed the cut at Bay Hill, and would therefore be keen to make up.
Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton is back as are former champions Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Francesco Molinari and Marc Leishman. The last Amerrican to win Palmer Invitational was Matt Every, who did so in 2014 and 2015 and before him it was Tiger Woods in 2012 and 2013.
The long hitting Bryson DeChambeau will be watched closely as he challenge many of the longer holes and Jordan Spieth will hope to bring in his first win in a long ti.me.
The field is 123 at the Par-72, 7,466 yard course, which hosts the event for the 43rd time and carries a purse of $9.3 million with the winner taking home $1.674 million and 550 FedExCup points plus a three year exemption. The top 65 and ties will make the cut.