ORLANDO, Fla. – The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard begins Thursday in Orlando. A strong field is assembled to pay honor to one of the game’s legends. Another legend, Tiger Woods, has dominated this event, winning eight times, including four of his last five starts here. Here’s a look at some groups to keep an eye on:
Bubba Watson-Brandt Snedeker-Rickie Fowler – 8:11 a.m. ET, 10th tee on Thursday; 12:56 p.m. ET, 1st tee on Friday: Watson, who lives only about 10 minutes away at Isleworth, has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive events, including a win at the Northern Trust Open and two runners-up; Watson has three consecutive top-25s at this event, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in 2012. Fowler played with Woods in the final group of last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational before finishing third. Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, is seeking his first top-10 since the 2013 BMW Championship.
Patrick Reed-Adam Scott-Justin Rose – 8:23 a.m. ET, 10th tee on Thursday; 1:08 p.m. ET, 1st tee on Friday: Reed is making his first start since winning the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. His post-round comments drew attention after he said he believed he was a top-five player in the world. He’ll get a close look at two of the game’s best as he plays with reigning Masters champion Adam Scott, the world’s No. 2 player, and sixth-ranked Justin Rose, the winner of last year’s U.S. Open. Rose was runner-up at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational and finished third in 2011.
Henrik Stenson-Ian Poulter-Keegan Bradley – 12:56 p.m. ET, 1st tee on Thursday; 8:11 a.m. ET, 10th tee on Friday: Lake Nona neighbors Stenson and Poulter will play with Bradley, who finished third at this event last year. Stenson and Poulter also have good records here. Stenson has posted two consecutive top-15s, including an eighth-place finish last year. Poulter finished third in 2012.