Highway 62 Revisited
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/21/14
On Thursday, March 20, Adam Scott burst out to a three-shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. What is not surprising is that Scott shot 62; he has posted 62 five times before on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2011 WGC-Firestone.

What is surprising is that he shot that 62 with flu-like symptoms. "Just a bit under the weather," he told reporters afterward. "I can't complain."

In any event, Scott's 62 tied the Bay Hill course record, along with Andy Bean (1981) and another Australian-born golfer you might have heard of — Greg Norman (1984).

After ripping four birdies in his first six holes, Scott followed with an eagle at the par-5 16th (he started his Thursday round at the 10th hole.) A bogey at 18th hole soured the run a bit, but three more birdies and a monster eagle at the 4th made the flu-like symptoms more tolerable:



And since Scott played early in the morning, his round was not televised live. Thankfully, photographers captured the highlights, along with PGA Tour Radio's live commentary:


Another player who had problems with illness on Thursday was Bubba Watson. However, he withdrew following his first-round 83, which included a sextuple-bogey 11 at the par-5 6th hole, followed by an apologetic tweet:



Back to the golfers who stuck around after Thursday: Ryo Ishikawa, the Japan-born sensation whose U.S. base is at Bay Hill, eased it around in 65, as did birthday boy John Merrick. Spanish star Gonzalo Fern├índez-Casta├▒o, who is already in the hunt for a place on the 2014 European Ryder Cup team, shot 66 — his best round of the year (so far).

A half-dozen golfers, including 2012 Ryder Cup-er Brandt "Sneeedeker," two-time Ryder Cup-er Francesco Molinari, and three-time Ryder Cup-er Paul Casey, were five back with 67s.

Tiger may not be around this year, but the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational looks to be just as exciting as it usually is.


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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
God said to Abraham, kill me a son. Abe said Man, you must be putting me on. God said No, Abe said What? God said You can do what you want Abe, but uh... next time you see me coming, you'd better run. Abe says Where you want this killing done? God said Out on Highway 61.
3/21/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
1,000 points to Beef for getting the joke.
3/21/14
 
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