Floridian shoots 7-under 65 to open 1-stroke lead in Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he has won twice, for his only victories on PGA Tour
2: Number of times that Matt Every has won the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Every shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., to open a one-stroke lead. For Every, 36, a Daytona Beach native who played college golf at Florida, the API victories in 2014 and 2015 represent his only titles on Tour. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking and the 2018 winner at Bay Hill, played his first eight holes in 6 under – highlighted by a 24-foot eagle putt at the par-5 fourth hole – before cooling somewhat to shoot 66 and stand alone in second place. Americans Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler were tied for third at 67. Defending champion Francesco Molinari cited a back injury in withdrawing before play began. He was replaced by South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee (scores).
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