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A Slew of Major Champions Co-Lead in Orlando

by | Mar 8, 2024 | PRO NEWS

Six golfers are tied for the lead midway through the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By Mastercard, and they include the most recent Major winner as Brian Harman fired a 4-under-par 68 for a two-day total of 7-under-par 137.

Harman joins fellow University of Georgia Bulldog Russell Henley along with Masters champions Hideo Matsuyama (2021) and Scottie Scheffler (2022), 2019 British Open winner Shane Lowry and last year’s U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark.

Clark began the day one under par and had the lowest round among the leaders carding five birdies over his final six holes to shoot 6-under-par 66.

“I would say I always — a stat I always love to try to excel at and do well is a bounce back. So, birdieing 13 after bogeying 12 was huge. It’s kind of a pretty straight putt and straight putts from 20 feet are so hard to make, said Clark. We played just inside right and it stayed right where we wanted, and literally the last roll it went in. So, that was just huge, because it’s always nice to bounce back after a bogey.”

Clark’s 66 was the low round Friday when course conditions put players to the test. Arnie’s course played firm and fast, making birdies more of a commodity than usual.

“I mean, honestly, I bet you if I shot even par I would be in the top five and have a chance to win,” said Clark. “Tomorrow’s supposed to have some wind and be hot, so it’s going to get firmer and faster, which it’s already doing, into the greens, so even par tomorrow would be fantastic. Then it looks like maybe a little rain on Sunday, so it might ease up. But, yeah, I mean, right now, if you said, ‘Hey, you shoot 3-under on the weekend,’ I would take it, because I think that would have a really good chance on the last couple holes.”

Harman, with three career TOUR victories his credit, was ready to call it a day.

“(This course) has whipped me pretty good, but it’s a place where, if you take on some spots off the tee, you can have some short clubs in. That’s just been my plan this week, try to take on what I can, and try to use what little advantage I have.”

Lowry is bidding to become just the third wire-to-wire winner in the tournament’s history, joining Fred Couples who did it 31 years ago and Jason Day as recently as 2016.

“I played well these last two days,” said Lowry. “I feel like I probably should have shot better than 1-under today. I’ll take it. If you had asked me at the start of the day, I probably would have taken it. I’m pretty happy to be where I am right now. Obviously, look, there’s no trophies given out today, so I’ll just dig in over the weekend and see where it leads me come Sunday.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard 2024 Leaderboard

POS PLAYER TO PAR RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 Time RD 4 TOTAL
T1
Shane Lowry
-7 66 71 1:40 137
T1
Hideki Matsuyama
-7 67 70 1:40 137
T1
Russell Henley
-7 68 69 1:30 137
T1
Brian Harman
-7 69 68 1:30 137
T1
Wyndham Clark
-7 71 66 1:20 137
T1
Scottie Scheffler
-7 70 67 1:20 137
7
Will Zalatoris
-6 69 69 1:10 138
T8
Emiliano Grillo
-5 69 70 1:10 139
T8
Stephan Jaeger
-5 72 67 1:00 139
T10
Justin Thomas
-4 69 71 1:00 140
T10
Byeong Hun An
-4 71 69 12:45 140
T10
Sahith Theegala
-4 68 72 12:45 140
T10
Max Homa
-4 71 69 12:35 140
T10
Nick Taylor
-4 69 71 12:35 140
T10
Sam Burns
-4 68 72 12:25 140
T10
Viktor Hovland
-4 71 69 12:25 140
T17
Corey Conners
-3 70 71 12:15 141
T17
Sungjae Im
-3 71 70 12:15 141
T17
C.T. Pan
-3 71 70 12:05 141
T17
Brendon Todd
-3 74 67 12:05 141
T17
Lee Hodges
-3 68 73 11:55 141
T17
Austin Eckroat
-3 72 69 11:55 141
T23
Cam Davis
-2 72 70 11:45 142
T23
Harris English
-2 69 73 11:45 142
T23
Xander Schauffele
-2 72 70 11:35 142
T23
Min Woo Lee
-2 69 73 11:35 142
T23
Sepp Straka
-2 69 73 11:20 142
T23
Andrew Putnam
-2 71 71 11:20 142
T23
Matthieu Pavon
-2 74 68 11:10 142
T30
Eric Cole
-1 70 73 11:10 143
T30
Cameron Young
-1 73 70 11:00 143
T30
Lucas Glover
-1 73 70 11:00 143
T30
Jordan Spieth
-1 69 74 10:50 143
T30
Rory McIlroy
-1 73 70 10:50 143
T30
Justin Lower
-1 67 76 10:40 143
T30
Tom Hoge
-1 72 71 10:40 143
T30
Taylor Moore
-1 72 71 10:30 143
T30
Chris Kirk
-1 69 74 10:30 143
T39
Webb Simpson
E 73 71 10:20 144
T39
Adam Hadwin
E 69 75 10:20 144
T39
Jason Day
E 70 74 10:10 144
T42
Grayson Murray
1 72 73 10:10 145
T42
Erik van Rooyen
1 72 73 9:55 145
T42
Si Woo Kim
1 75 70 9:55 145
T42
J.T. Poston
1 71 74 9:45 145
T46
Denny McCarthy
2 72 74 9:45 146
T46
Patrick Cantlay
2 74 72 9:35 146
T46
Seamus Power
2 72 74 9:35 146
T46
Nick Dunlap
2 72 74 9:25 146
T46
Mackenzie Hughes
2 75 71 9:25 146
T46
Keegan Bradley
2 71 75 9:15 146
T46
Patrick Rodgers
2 72 74 9:15 146
T53
Jake Knapp
3 77 70 9:05 147
T53
Ludvig Aberg
3 73 74 9:05 147
T53
Luke List
3 69 78 8:55 147
T53
Tom Kim
3 73 74 8:55 147
T53
Rickie Fowler
3 75 72 8:45 147
T53
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
3 74 73 8:45 147
 
CUT LINE
           
CUT
Adam Schenk
4 72 76 148
CUT
Nicolai Hojgaard
4 77 71 148
CUT
Matt Fitzpatrick
5 74 75 149
CUT
Sami Valimaki
5 76 73 149
CUT
Adam Scott
5 73 76 149
CUT
Justin Rose
5 72 77 149
CUT
Collin Morikawa
6 70 80 150
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
7 78 73 151
CUT
Tommy Fleetwood
9 73 80 153
CUT
David Ford(a)
10 71 83 154
CUT
Adam Svensson
15 79 80 159

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