Arnold Palmer Invitational: Will Zalatoris reveals publish Masters plan

Get used to seeing a variety of Will Zalatoris within the coming months.

After opening the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 3-under 69, Zalatoris revealed his plan for the spring of 2024.

“I’m really taking part in during from The Masters to the PGA Championship,” Zalatoris stated.

“Having the [The CJ Cup Byron] Nelson in that center stretch is type of like having a half week off since I’ll be proper at dwelling.”

Primarily based on this evaluation, Zalatoris will play within the RBC Heritage at Harbour City, the Zurich Basic of New Orleans, the CJ Cup Byron Nelson in Dallas, and the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hole in Charlotte.

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Will Zalatoris hits his second shot on the fifth gap in the course of the first spherical of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Picture by Brennan Asplen/Getty Photos

The tournaments at Harbour City and Quail Hole are the fifth and sixth Signature Occasions of the 2024 season.

For Zalatoris to commit to those occasions is a welcome sight for golf followers in every single place.

Final yr, on the driving vary at Augusta Nationwide, Zalatoris felt one thing pop in his again. He subsequently withdrew from The Masters and located himself in a hospital mattress a couple of days later. Again surgical procedure pressured him to overlook the following eight months, as Zalatoris returned to aggressive play on the Hero World Problem in December.

Because of this, Zalatoris needed to change his swing.

“The phrase that we’re utilizing with every little thing is simplify. I used to have actually excessive fingers, very vertical. I might type of thrust my proper knee on the ball, and I might have an enormous aspect bend. Proper now, I flare each my ft out and attempt to get as horizontal as I can, get as a lot rotation as potential,” Zalatoris defined.

“I’m simply making an attempt to hit three photographs the place it’s just a bit reduce to take off distance, slightly draw to perhaps add slightly little bit of distance, after which simply attempt to hit easy straight photographs from there. I used to maneuver the ball much more previous to surgical procedure, however now it’s only a lot easier, which is nice.”

Zalatoris revealed that these modifications have prompted him to lose distance off the tee. He additionally switched to a shorter driver, placing much less stress on his again.

However he isn’t complaining an excessive amount of about these modifications.

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Will Zalatoris in the course of the first spherical of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Picture by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Photos

“I might love to return to that 46 [inch driver], simply so as to add one other 12, 15 yards, however I by no means actually was that nice at hitting fairways, and to date, so good at hitting fairways [this week],” Zalatoris stated.

“In actuality, although I’m dropping distance, I’m hitting extra fairways, so I’m type of netting every little thing out.”

After lacking the reduce on the Sony Open in Hawaii, Zalatoris has grown used to those changes. He tied for thirty fourth at The American Specific after which tied for thirteenth at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance coverage Open.

However his greatest end got here at Riviera, the place he tied for second. He was in competition once more, and the following step for him could be to win.

Zalatoris successful at Bay Hill this week could be additional particular.

Not solely wouldn’t it mark his first win since his intensive operation, however Arnold Palmer attended Wake Forest, simply as Zalatoris did.

“Every part feels actually good,” Zalatoris stated. “Simply acquired to maintain doing what we’re doing.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. Remember to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.

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