Keeping Score

Rory McIlroy enters Bay Hill with hot hand

World’s top-ranked golfer owns 6 top-5 finishes in as many starts worldwide recently entering Arnold Palmer Invitational

6: Number of top-5 finishes in his past six starts worldwide, including five on the PGA Tour, dating to last fall for Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman enters this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for a fourth consecutive week after having won four times in 2019. McIlroy, 30, the 2018 Bay Hill champion, will be paired with fellow Europeans Justin Rose of England and defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy (tee times).

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