The stars are out in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, the third of four elevated events in a five-week stretch.
There’s a familiar name atop the leaderboard as Jon Rahm continues his torrent run. The Spaniard opened with a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into Friday.
After three straight birdies on Nos. 1-3, Rahm made a bogey at the par-4 eighth to make the turn with a 2-under 34. He’d birdie the par-5 12th before draining a long par effort at the par-4 15th to keep the momentum going.
His flat stick stayed hot at the par-5 16th with a 24-footer for eagle to push his nose even with early leaders Chris Kirk and Cameron Young.
A monster 7-iron into the par-3 17th led to a kick-in birdie and the outright lead at 6 under.
And, for good measure, he birdied the par-4 last after another laser iron shot inside 10 feet.
What an unbelievable finish from @JonRahmpga as he signs for a 7-under 65. He leads by 2️⃣ as the day begins to wind down.
— apinv (@APinv) March 2, 2023
Not sure anyone is going to be able to contain the “Rahm-page” — sorry, I’ll see myself out.
If you missed any of the action Thursday, no worries, we have you covered. Here’s everything you need to know from Day 1 at Bay Hill.