Submitted by George Hines
The ASG golfers traveled a short distance across the state of Florida to central Florida by invite from the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Course. The Bay Hill venue will be a true test for 90 pro players ranked 8th in difficulty in the PGA. A purse of $6,000,000 seems a just reward for all those who compete with a winner prize of $1.080.000.
Thursday first round began with not only the PGA standard rough willing to gobble up golf balls, but the 80 sand traps willing to catch an errant golf ball. Seven water hazards dotted the 7,381 yd layout. The winds were blowing over the layout to further thwart the golfers. Nick Watney led his fellow golfers with a 68 over the par 72 course. Trevor Immelman was a close 2nd with a 69. A group of golfers followed in 3rd: Andres Romero, Argentina, John Rollins, Tom Gillies, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir, Canada.
Tiger Woods made his move to first going to (-7) firing a 67. Nick Watney’s previous day lead disappeared with a level par round. Trevor Immelman held on to 2nd place with (-1) 71 with Nick Watney. Sergio Garcia fired a 68 for third place.
The wind continued to blow and the course began to dry out and turn hard on Saturday. Tiger Woods increased his lead to (-8) with a 71 while his playing partners fell back. Mike Weir (71) and Nick Watney (76) fell to even par.
Tiger Woods claimed his third PGA tournament of 2012 with a 279 one better than last years championship. David Duval scored a 69 to pass Mike Weir for second place.
A tournament note. The 18th at Bay Hill only surrendered 3 birdies over the four rounds of play Phil Mickelson, twice, and Scott Piercy once. This par 4 averaged 4.76; GIR 17%, with a putting average of 2.02. The rest of the history – the tournament for 2012 gave up 128 Pars, evened out with 124 Bogeys. There were 37 double bogeys and 10 feared others. A truly dominate hole on a dominate course.
|293-K J Choi||71||73||75||74|
|293- Rory Sabbatini||74||72||71||76|
Notable Scores – Hunter Mahan 301, Justin Rose 303,Phil Mickelsen 297, Webb Simpson 298, Bubba Watson–CT, Brandt Snedeker 308 Sergio Garcia 297, Jeff Overton 296.