Latest Golf News (Week 3 March 2018)

Stenson with lead and Woods five shots behind at Bay Hill

After Saturday, the Arnold Palmer Invitational scoreboard has Henrik Stenson at the top with a one-shot lead with Tiger Woods recovering from his previous day’s predicament and attaining the fifth position. This is the third time in four years that Stenson has a shot at the Invitational title and the game on Saturday showed him that the quest will not be easy. With a final score of a 1-under 71, he narrowly missed three putts- one for an eagle and two for birdie, which had he succeeded in, would have given him more separation from DeChambeau, who sits second on the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods did not disappoint his Bay Hill fans, ending up in fifth position with a score of 69, the highlight of his game being a 5-iron shot that set up a phenomenal birdie on par-5 16th. In the past, Woods has had eight record victories at the Bay Hill, six of which he has led. Another time, he was tied for lead and in fact, the 2009 Invitational, Woods surged up the leaderboard from fifth position to beat Sean O’Hair for the title.

Rory McIlroy displeased with abusive spectators

US golf fans are quite infamous for their loud and inappropriate behaviour during the match. The issue was reiterated by Rory McIlroy, who faced their grit during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday. The World No. 13 claims that the behaviour of spectators is deteriorating considerably at the PGA Tour tournaments and is causing him headaches and lack of concentration in his game. He complained that a particular man from the audience kept yelling McIlroy’s wife’s name to distract him. Naturally, the golfer is offended by such behaviour and suggested measures like controlling the sale of alcohol on the course. Rory is only one of the golfers who complained about obnoxious audience, another being Justin Thomas, who had a spectator removed from the stands at the Honda Classic because the man shouted for Thomas’ ball to land in the bunker.

March snow causes Central Massachusetts golf courses to shut down

The area golf courses in Central Massachusetts opened and hosted quite a few rounds in February, when the temperature hit 60s and 70s, but they had to close again after being hit by a storm of heavy rain and snow. Two subsequent storms resulted in Worchester being buried under 40 inches of snow. The Heritage Country Club at Charlton was a busy sight for 10 days in February, with the temperature soaring to the 70s. The course hosted 200 golfers in the little time span before being hit with 20 inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, Blissful Meadows Golf Club, which is known for taking measures to be the first golf course in the region to open for the season each year, hosted over 320 golfers between 15th to 17th Feb. Unfortunately, the course also had to close after receiving 28 inches of snow, the maximum in the region.