ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 26: Martin Laird of Scotland plays his second shot at the 1st hole during the third round of the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Lodge and Country Club on March 26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011: Martin Laird Outlasts Steve Marino For Win

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Results: Martin Laird Overcomes Early Troubles, Steve Marino For Win

Despite shooting 3-over in the final round on Sunday, Martin Laird came back late to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 with an 8-under final total. Starting the day 11-under, Laird made three bogeys in the front nine and then double-bogeyed the 11th hole to reach 6-under. He birdied the next hole, but then lost a stroke with a bogey on the 14th hole.

Not deterred by these hardships, Laird birdied the 15th and 16th holes to reach 8-under and then made par on the last two holes. As he made his way toward the end of the day, Laired also had to contend with Steve Marino, who was at 2-under for the day with four holes left to play. A bogey on the 15th hole and a double-bogey on the 17th hole put him at 1-over for the day and 6-under for the tournament. A birdie on the 18th hole temporarily gave Marino the lead at 7-under as he entered the clubhouse, but Laird came up with those pivotal birdies on 15 and 16.

Laird, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, became the fifth non-American and the first European to win the tournament, taking home a $6 million purse.

Here are the top 10 finishers:

1. Martin Laird (-8)
2. Steve Marino (-7)
T3. Justin Rose (-6)
T3. Marc Leishman (-6)
T3. David Toms (-6)
T6. K.J. Choi (-5)
T6. Spencer Levin (-5)
8. Sergio Garcia (-4)
T9. Mark Wilson (-3)
T9. Fredrik Jacobson (-3)

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods both finished tied for 24th at 1-under.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Leaderboard Update: Martin Laird Hanging On As Spencer Lavin Falls

Martin Laird remains in first place at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational despite shooting 2-over through seven holes. Spencer Lavin, who finished Saturday in second place, has slipped all the way to a tie for fifth place after shooting three straight bogeys early in his Sunday round at Bay Hill.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are creeping up in the ranks, but still likely too far back to make any noise at the top of the leaderboard. Mickelson is tied for 11th at 3-under, while Woods is 1-under and tied for 28th.

David Toms and Bubba Watson are also hanging near the top at 6-under, both having completed eight holes. Justin Rose and K.J. Choi have joined Lavin at 5-under.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011: Tee Times For Round 4

The PGA Tour has announced tee times for Round 4 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. For the second consecutive day, Martin Laird and Spencer Levin will tee off together. Laird and Levin, who are in first and second place, respectively, are separated by two strokes on the leaderboard. They'll tee off at 1:35 p.m. Eastern.

Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods will be paired with Pat Perez and tee off at 10:35 a.m. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, will tee off at 12:05 p.m. alongside Hunter Mahan.

Here is the full slate of tee times for the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. All times Eastern.

7:50 am Thatcher, Roland
7:55 am Pettersson, Carl Goydos, Paul
8:04 am Compton, Erik Kendall, Skip
8:13 am Els, Ernie Ames, Stephen
8:22 am Knost, Colt Streelman, Kevin
8:31 am Wagner, Johnson Lunde, Bill
8:40 am Campbell, Chad Garrigus, Robert
8:49 am Molinari, Edoardo Na, Kevin
8:58 am Dufner, Jason Allenby, Robert
9:07 am Damron, Robert Janzen, Lee
9:16 am Schwartzel, Charl Hurley III, Billy
9:25 am Chopra, Daniel Mediate, Rocco
9:35 am Verplank, Scott Baddeley, Aaron
9:45 am McGirt, William Steele, Brendan
9:55 am Atwal, Arjun Gillis, Tom
10:05 am Van Pelt, Bo Haas, Hunter
10:15 am Johnson, Zach Points, D.A.
10:25 am Saunders, Sam Wilson, Mark
10:35 am Woods, Tiger Perez, Pat
10:45 am Jacobson, Fredrik Poulter, Ian
10:55 am Trahan, D.J. O'Hern, Nick
11:05 am Matteson, Troy Stenson, Henrik
11:15 am Cink, Stewart Pampling, Rod
11:25 am Garcia, Sergio Taylor, Vaughn
11:35 am Gay, Brian Holmes, J.B.
11:45 am Furyk, Jim Pride, Dicky
11:55 am Rose, Justin Henry, J.J.
12:05 pm Mahan, Hunter Mickelson, Phil
12:15 pm Slocum, Heath Davis, Brian
12:25 pm Wi, Charlie Stanley, Kyle
12:35 pm Couch, Chris Choi, K.J.
12:45 pm de Jonge, Brendon Moore, Ryan
12:55 pm Senden, John Howell III, Charles
1:05 pm Leishman, Marc Immelman, Trevor
1:15 pm Toms, David Fowler, Rickie
1:25 pm Watson, Bubba Marino, Steve
1:35 pm Laird, Martin Levin, Spencer

 

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Leaderboard Update: Martin Laird Keeps Lead, Tiger Woods Fades Again

On Saturday in Orlando, Martin Laird managed to hold onto the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, finds himself in familiar territory.

Laird, in search of his second career PGA Tour win, shot a respectable 2-under for the day. He struggled late with back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th hole, but still holds a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field at 11-under for the tournament.

Laird is trailed by Spencer Levin, who also had trouble on the back nine with back-to-back bogeys. Levin is in search of the third PGA Tour win of his career. After a strong Round 3 that included an eagle on the 6th hole, Bubba Watson has moved into a tie for third, four strokes behind the lead.

Tiger Woods, a noted golf enthusiast, experienced yet another third-round slump. He endured a 2-over day on Saturday in typical up-and-down fashion -- he sandwiched an eagle between two bogeys, while committing a double bogey on the back nine. He now sits at 1-under, a full 10 strokes behind the lead.

This is how the top of the leaderboard looks entering Sunday's play:

1. Martin Laird (-11)
2. Spencer Levin (-9)
T3. Bubba Watson (-7)
T3. Steve Marino
T5. David Toms (-6)
T5. Rickie Fowler
7. Four tied (-5)

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011: Tee Times For Round 3

With Martin Laird atop the leaderboard of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the players are set to tee off Round 3 on Saturday morning. The PGA Tour's website has released tee times for Round 3.

Laird will be partnered with Spencer Levin, who trails him by a stroke; they'll tee off at 1:40 p.m. Eastern. The second-to-last pair will be comprised of Steve Marino and K.J. Choi, who caught fire with an 8-under Round 2 to vault up the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods tees off at 1 p.m. alongside Jason Dufner. Phil Mickelson tees off at 9:50 a.m.; he'll be joined by Heath Slocum.

Here is the full list of tee times for Round 3. All times Eastern.

7:55 am Thatcher, Roland
8:00 am Kendall, Skip Pettersson, Carl
8:09 am Perez, Pat Knost, Colt
8:18 am Schwartzel, Charl Allenby, Robert
8:27 am Saunders, Sam Streelman, Kevin
8:36 am Wi, Charlie Molinari, Edoardo
8:45 am Na, Kevin Cink, Stewart
8:54 am Campbell, Chad Goydos, Paul
9:03 am Els, Ernie Stanley, Kyle
9:12 am Garrigus, Robert Wagner, Johnson
9:21 am Wilson, Mark Johnson, Zach
9:30 am Hurley III, Billy Steele, Brendan
9:40 am Verplank, Scott Damron, Robert
9:50 am Slocum, Heath Mickelson, Phil
10:00 am Pampling, Rod Leishman, Marc
10:10 am Matteson, Troy Baddeley, Aaron
10:20 am Rose, Justin Henry, J.J.
10:30 am Ames, Stephen Stenson, Henrik
10:40 am Points, D.A. Van Pelt, Bo
10:50 am Haas, Hunter Atwal, Arjun
11:00 am Immelman, Trevor Senden, John
11:10 am Janzen, Lee Furyk, Jim
11:20 am Pride, Dicky Trahan, D.J.
11:30 am Lunde, Bill Gay, Brian
11:40 am Gillis, Tom O'Hern, Nick
11:50 am Holmes, J.B. de Jonge, Brendon
12:00 pm Davis, Brian Jacobson, Fredrik
12:10 pm Poulter, Ian Compton, Erik
12:20 pm Chopra, Daniel Mediate, Rocco
12:30 pm Moore, Ryan Couch, Chris
12:40 pm McGirt, William Watson, Bubba
12:50 pm Garcia, Sergio Toms, David
1:00 pm Dufner, Jason Woods, Tiger
1:10 pm Taylor, Vaughn Fowler, Rickie
1:20 pm Howell III, Charles Mahan, Hunter
1:30 pm Choi, K.J. Marino, Steve
1:40 pm Laird, Martin Levin, Spencer

 

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Leaderboard: Martin Laird Leads, Tiger Woods Vaults Into Top 10

On Thursday, Round 2 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational concluded in Orlando. Scotland's Martin Laird took the lead, while Tiger Woods managed to climb his way into a tie for 10th on the leaderboard.

Laird, who started the day on the back nine, shot to the top of the leaderboard after an eagle on the 16th hole. A bogey on the first hole was the only mistake he made during a round in which he shot 7-under. Laird, age 28, has one PGA Tour win on his resume.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, bounced back from a disappointing 1-over first round. Woods, a noted golf enthusiast, also started on the back nine, and shot 4-under on the day. He now sits in a tie for 10th place and six strokes off the lead.

The best round, however, was had by K.J. Choi. Like Laird, Choi managed an eagle on the 16th hole, and after an 8-under day he now stands only one stroke behind the lead.

Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks entering Saturday's action.

1. Martin Laird (-9)
T2. Spencer Levin (-8)
T2. K.J. Choi
T4. Steve Marino (-6)
T4. Charles Howell III
T4. Hunter Mahan
T4. Vaughn Taylor
T8. Rickie Fowler (-4)
T8. Jason Dufner
10. Seven tied (-3)

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods Surging; Spencer Levin Leads

After struggling in round 1 of the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods has come out scoring in the second round at Bay Hill. After a bogey on the third hole, Woods put together a bogey-free run that included four birdies. He is now 2-under for the tournament and within striking distance of the top of the leaderboard.

Speaking of the top, Spencer Levin sits alone there at 7-under for the tournament. He built on his strong 6-under in round 1 with a 1-under in the second round. Close behind Levin is Steve Marino, followed by a host of players at 2 and 3-under par.

Several of the big name golfers in the field are yet to begin their second round, including Phil Mickelson, who posted a 2-under in the opening round, and Bubba Watson, who also sits at 2-under par.

View the complete 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard here.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011 Leaderboard Update: Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan Lead Phil Mickelson

Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan turned in strong opening rounds at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, leading the pack at 3-under. Both were able to eagle hole No. 16, making up for a trio of bogeys earlier in the day by each. Somebody may need to think about adjusting the par on hole No. 16.

Spencer Levin and Erik Compton have the best chances to overtake the day-one lead, sitting at 3-under with nine and four holes respectively to go, including that FRRREE MONEY hole No. 16.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have ground to make up, with Woods way back in the even-par pack after seven holes. Mickelson is in much better shape with his complete first round in the bag, tied for fifth at 2-under.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational 2011: Tee Times, Field, Pairings For Masters Tune-Up

The 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, held annually at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, is set to get underway on Thursday as the last tune-up for the world's best golfers prior to the Masters in two weeks. This year's field includes plenty of big names, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Ells, Vijay Singh and Zach Johnson.

Woods is still looking for his first tournament win of the season, and with six career wins on the Bay Hill course, this tournament is as good an opportunity as any he'll get it this year.

Full first round pairings and tee times:

Bay Hill Club & Lodge Tee #1

Time Players
7:40 am Trahan, D.J. Curtis, Ben Dufner, Jason
7:52 am Campbell, Chad Goydos, Paul Na, Kevin
8:03 am Holmes, J.B. Leishman, Marc Walker, Jimmy
8:15 am Slocum, Heath Cink, Stewart Stenson, Henrik
8:26 am Wilson, Mark Rose, Justin Johnson, Zach
8:38 am Garrigus, Robert Laird, Martin Singh, Vijay
8:49 am Wagner, Johnson Perry, Kenny O'Hair, Sean
9:01 am DiMarco, Chris Cejka, Alex Thatcher, Roland
9:12 am Damron, Robert Magee, Andrew de Jonge, Brendon
9:24 am Haas, Hunter Kirk, Chris Perry, Rod

Bay Hill Club & Lodge Tee #10

Time Players
7:40 am Herron, Tim Davis, Brian Fowler, Rickie
7:52 am Pampling, Rod Jacobson, Fredrik Kendall, Skip
8:03 am Snedeker, Brandt Gamez, Robert Janzen, Lee
8:15 am Pettersson, Carl Bohn, Jason Choi, K.J.
8:26 am Haas, Bill Mahan, Hunter Mickelson, Phil
8:38 am Watson, Bubba Furyk, Jim McDowell, Graeme
8:49 am Moore, Ryan Immelman, Trevor Verplank, Scott
9:01 am Couch, Chris Taylor, Vaughn Sim, Michael
9:12 am Senden, John Wi, Charlie Molinari, Edoardo
9:24 am Bradley, Keegan Martin, Ben Saunders, Sam

Bay Hill Club & Lodge Tee #1

Time Players
12:10 pm Johnson, Richard S. Weekley, Boo Gillis, Tom
12:22 pm Duval, David O'Hern, Nick Ishikawa, Ryo
12:33 pm Streelman, Kevin Simpson, Webb Schwartzel, Charl
12:45 pm Mediate, Rocco Beckman, Cameron Matteson, Troy
12:56 pm Woodland, Gary Johnson, Dustin Woods, Tiger
1:08 pm Vegas, Jhonattan Els, Ernie Poulter, Ian
1:19 pm Ames, Stephen Perez, Pat Toms, David
1:31 pm Howell III, Charles Overton, Jeff Barnes, Ricky
1:42 pm Every, Matt Stanley, Kyle M. Hurley III, Billy
1:54 pm Knost, Colt Steele, Brendan Manassero, Matteo

Bay Hill Club & Lodge Tee #10

Time Players
12:10 pm Marino, Steve Levin, Spencer Hanson, Peter
12:22 pm Chopra, Daniel Henry, J.J. Faxon, Brad
12:33 pm Bean, Andy Jobe, Brandt Ikeda, Yuta
12:45 pm Atwal, Arjun Lunde, Bill Leonard, Justin
12:56 pm Points, D.A. Appleby, Stuart Gay, Brian
1:08 pm Baddeley, Aaron Bettencourt, Matt Allenby, Robert
1:19 pm Villegas, Camilo Van Pelt, Bo Garcia, Sergio
1:31 pm Pride, Dicky Prugh, Alex Gainey, Tommy
1:42 pm Miller, Zack Summerhays, Daniel Compton, Erik
1:54 pm Lyle, Jarrod McGirt, William Carpenter, Alex
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