There are some tremendous storylines heading into Sunday’s final round. Three rounds of 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational are officially documented. The world No. 1 player is confronting a titan of a golf course; well he is back in the field. If Rory Mcllroy wins this year; it won’t be with a 64 in the final round as it was in 2018. Before looking ahead to Sunday, let’s leap into a wild third round.
Terrell Hatton has been playing great golf for nearly a year. Not even a wrist injury breaks his roll. He is alleging for his first PGA Tour victory here, after finishing in top 10 at the WGC-Mexico Championship a few weeks ago. Hatton made 18 holes done. He dominated by two. It was thought for Hatton to lead Arnold Palmer Invitational. On Saturday, Rory Mcllroy was incredible for most of the day. McIlroy’s’ bogey and Hatton’s birdie there exemplify the two-shot swing that distinguishes them heading into the final day. Most exciting is that Mcllroy is the first guy in the field from tree to green thus far and 40th in settling, which is threatening if I am Hatton. It was fascinating to follow him grind because that is not normally how he wins tournaments. It might be how he wins this one though. On Saturday, Bay Hill was crazy. 75.9 was the final tally on course average. A par-4 was playing to a stroke average of 4.7; the final hole on the course. On the entire day, there was just one round under par. And it was Max Homa who went from T61 to T16 after a 2-under 70. No round was there in the 60s.
What is exciting about Arnold Palmer Invitational? All of it was remarkable because it meant you had to strike the hell out of your golf ball, trough the wind and enjoy cold throughout Round 3. We are hopeful to watch the same conditions on Sunday. 81 shot by Brooks Koepka. Mathew Wolff did the same. 80 shots by Hideki Matsuyama. Patrick Reed scored the same. Rickie Fowler shot 9. In the final pairing, Sung Kang made two triplets on the back nine and shot 78. It was both terrific and horrifying. The even will come down to those two and Leishman, according to the oddsmakers. Mallory is the +175 favorite with Hatton, the leader, checking in at +275, according to William Hill Sportsbook.
The top 10 in this field in strokes gained from tree to green, Both Mcllroy and Hatton are considered. Scottie Scheffler and Im are two guys who it that statistical profile. Im is closed with a 56-foot birdie putt on No. 18, while Scheffler is likely too far back on Saturday. Im could possibly win for the second straight week. Hatton is playing outstanding golf and Leishman has a win here. Rory Mcllroy is too much. But Mcllroy’s class is a cut above those two right now. It will come down to a putt here or there’s for the top 3 or 4 guys. But no one can certainly bet against him after the grit he showed on Saturday. That has ever the ultimate piece of the puzzle for Mcllroy, and he has got it right now. Who will hit the victory in Arnold Palmer Invitational; everyone is excited.