Scottie Scheffler prepping for Arnold Palmer Invitational carnage


Prepare for carnage on the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend.

Bay Hill, which hosts this occasion yearly, has already drawn comparisons to the U.S. Open resulting from its problem.

However Saturday’s forecast will make it much more difficult.

Temperatures within the upper-80s and winds gusting at roughly 20 miles per hour will burn Arnie’s Place out, making it sooner, firmer, and more durable.

“It could be a survival take a look at,” mentioned Scottie Scheffler, who shares a chunk of the 36-hole lead at 7-under.

“It relies upon in the event that they resolve to water the greens and sluggish them down somewhat bit as a result of they’re going to count on excessive winds. However we’ll see what they resolve.”

Scottie Scheffler, PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational

Scottie Scheffler performs his second shot on the sixteenth gap in the course of the second spherical of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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Who is aware of what PGA Tour officers will do with the greens, that are already rolling very quick. Nevertheless, the Orlando space will expertise appreciable cloud protection on Saturday, so moisturizing the greens will not be essential.

Regardless, the contenders anticipate a brutal problem, a day the place something round even par will show worthy.

“I guess you if I shot even par, you’ll be within the prime 5 and have an opportunity to win,” mentioned Wyndham Clark, who additionally sits at 7-under.

“It’s going to get firmer and sooner, which it’s already doing, so even par [Saturday] could be unbelievable. Then it appears to be like like possibly somewhat rain on Sunday, so it’d ease up. However, yeah, I imply, in case you mentioned, proper now, hey, you shoot 3-under on the weekend, I’d take it as a result of I believe that may have a very good likelihood on the final couple of holes.”

The agency and quick situations will make it tough for the gamers to stay it shut.

Which means gamers might want to stay stoic, grind it out, and try to make some lengthy putts on the greens.

“It’s going to get windy tomorrow, and the greens are going to maintain firming up, so it’s going to be actually exhausting to get the ball shut,” reasoned Brian Harman, the Champion Golfer of the Yr, who can also be 7-under.

Brian Harman, PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational

Brian Harman on the sixteenth gap in the course of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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“Simply acquired to remain affected person, and attempt to make an extended putt right here or there.”

Harman relied on his irons to soar up the leaderboard Friday, as his putter uncharacteristically didn’t cooperate.

In the meantime, Scheffler and Clark made loads of prolonged putts on Friday, as each gamers gained strokes on the inexperienced.

That ought to shock many, contemplating Scheffler’s current placing woes.

“[Putts] simply went in at the moment, and I’d argue that there have been a couple of that I assumed have been going to go in that didn’t,” Scheffler mentioned.

“I acquired off to poor begins, then missed brief putts on the eleventh throughout each rounds, however I stayed true to my course of and did a very good job of not letting these issues trouble me. That’s form of been my primary purpose this week: not attempting to be good, simply going on the market and hitting stable putts and seeing what occurs.”

No putt was extra stable for Scheffler than his 45-foot birdie bomb at 15. That vaulted him as much as 5-under, however he was not completed.

He additionally chipped in for an eagle on the par-5 twelfth, which ignited his momentum.

Scheffler additionally made a simple birdie on the par-5 sixteenth and drained a 17-footer for a birdie at 17.

As for Clark, he couldn’t miss over his final six holes.

On the thirteenth, the reigning U.S. Open champion made a 27-footer for birdie.

Wyndham Clark, PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational

Wyndham Clark putts on the sixteenth inexperienced in the course of the second spherical of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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Later, on the seventeenth and 18th holes, Clark drained putts from 32 ft and 27 ft, respectively.

He additionally made birdies on the 14th and sixteenth, hovering up the leaderboard like Scheffler did on the again 9.

Whoever goes on to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational might want to make lengthy putts corresponding to these.

As a result of issues are usually not going to get any simpler.

“I wouldn’t be stunned if it acquired somewhat bit crazier as a result of it’s going to be windy and all that,” added Russell Henley, who additionally holds a share of the lead.

“It’s a troublesome place, and it simply will get more durable the longer you play it.”

Scheffler, Clark, Harman, Henley, Shane Lowry, and Hideki Matsuyama are all 7-under by means of 36 holes—probably the most because the 2011 Valero Texas Open, when seven gamers led on the halfway level.

5 of these gamers are additionally main champions.

That, coupled with the anticipated warmth and wind, ought to create loads of leisure at Bay Hill.

Deliver it on.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.