Records Book

2016
The 18th green was the stage for another dramatic outcome at Bay Hill when Jason Day climaxed his solo wire-to-wire run with a one-stroke victory.  A splendid, 30-yard bunker shot across the...

The 18th green was the stage for another dramatic outcome at Bay Hill when Jason Day climaxed his solo wire-to-wire run with a one-stroke victory.  A splendid, 30-yard bunker shot across the treacherous putting surface to set up the winning, four-foot par putt as Day scored his eighth victory on the PGA TOUR and first in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.

Playing in just his fifth tour event of the season, the 28-year-old Australian got off to a flying start on the beautifully-groomed and re-grassed course.  He opened with a six-under-par 66 and led five players by a stroke, then widened the edge to two over Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson with a follow-up 65 for 131, just a shot off the tournament's first-36-holes record.  Day maintained that margin on a rainy Saturday with a two-under 70 for 201, his stronger challengers-to-be Sunday - Kevin Chappell, Troy Merritt and Stenson, headed for his fourth straight top 10 at Bay Hill - bunched at 203.

Jason struggled with his game most of the way on the final day.  After a chip-in birdie at the second hole, he absorbed three bogeys on the next four holes and yielded the lead to Chappell.  Kevin held or shared it until a failed tee shot at the 18th hole cost him a bogey, just as Day was dropping a clutch 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th to regain first place.  Jason also missed the 18th fairway, though, and his cautious shot from the right rough landed in the far left trap at the green.  Needing a par to win, he saved the Day with the brilliant sand shot.

You must play boldly to win. Arnold Palmer