Change in plans working out well for Hoffman at Bay Hill

Defending champion, Jason Day, fell to 39th after a third round of 75 which included four dropped shots in three holes during his closing nine today.

"What I've learned is these guys are not afraid and they're going to make a lot of birdies and there's no protecting leads".

Wednesday began the celebration of the King this year when the tournament held its first opening ceremony.

Hoffman has won a FedEx Cup playoff event before, but that was back in 2010.

Perhaps that is understandable, as this tournament marks only the third event of the year for the four-time Major champion.

"I'm far too used to it". But if I happen to, it would definitely be a special one to put on the mantle.

Kisner could have been in the lead all by himself, but he bogeyed No. 18, a hole he probably wants back.

Hoffman finished one stroke ahead of Argentina's Emiliano Grillo - who had two eagles, two birdies and two bogeys in a round of 68 - and two in front of Britain's Matthew Fitzpatrick, who had shared the 18-hole lead with Grillo.

A lot of eyes were surely on Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler as well.

Despite being a club down, the South American managed to steady the ship enough to pull a shot back on the Par 3 seventh before finishing the back nine with eight pars and another bogey.

"And I made a couple of good putts to birdie 16 and 17, which was great to keep the momentum going". "It's a score I was waiting on". It was a tough day, meanwhile, for Kelsey Macdonald and Pamela Pretswell as they had to settle for 78 and 79 respectively. The PGA Tour was expecting 25 players to be on the practice range to hit a ceremonial tee shot. Kisner said the most important thing, though, is winning it for Palmer.

And he is convinced his game is heading in the right direction as he builds up for Augusta, where he finished seventh past year behind fellow Englishman Danny Willett. Played too much, too much grind. Henry, playing under her married name after landing her two triumphs as Walker, signed for seven birdies, including three in a row from the fifth. I needed a break. "His passion and love for the game of golf is similar to what we do as a 325-year-old family [in the spirits] industry". You can shoot at some of those pins that in the past you haven't and I was able to take advantage of it.

He'll be under the gun Sunday as well, but at least he knows what to expect.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed", Saunders said.

Ketel One Vodka has launched a Limited Edition Collector's Item Arnold Palmer bottle on Thursday.

  • Loretta Pittman