Ernie Els to Defend at Arnie’s Place

by Jeff Skinner

Ernie Els will try to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title tomorrow when the PGA Tour finishes the Florida swing at Arnie’s personal stomping grounds, The Bay Hill Club and Lodge.  With Tiger and Phil in the field and everyone gearing up for Augusta National this has the potential for some major drama.

Here are some interesting groups to follow when they start it up on Thursday.

Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell.  This will be a fun threesome to watch.  G-Mac and Bubba, the new Bubba that is, play a really loose game of golf.  Under that stern, serious face Furyk puts on he is one laid back dude, off the course that is.

Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson.  At the start of the season would anyone have guessed that Phil’s game would be the worst of these three?  No way, but it is.  You know Phil is focusing on The Masters but right now he needs to take that focus of his and turn it into some solid rounds.  Haas and Mahan are playing great golf and maybe Phil can feed off that.

Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland.  These guys could probably be considered the three best athletes on the tour.  This would be one tough team in a three on three basketball game.  Woodland went to college on a hoops scholarship before switching to golf.  DJ can dunk it flatfooted and Tiger is a hoops junkie that likes to mix it up on the court.  Well, the ball will be just a bit smaller and by the way Mr. Woodland, welcome to the Big Time.

Jhonattan Vegas, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter.  Ernie is looking for a repeat and trying to keep Johnny Vegas and his young comrades from staking their claim to his PGA Tour.  Ian Poulter is looking to get his year in gear.

Sam Saunders, Bradley Keegan, Ben Martin.  Rookie Ben Martin could be excused for feeling like the odd man out in this “Legends Threesome.”  Sam Saunders has some gifted blood flowing through his veins as he is Arnie’s grandson.  Rookie Bradley Keegan is the nephew of World Golf Hall of Fame and LPGA Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley.  That’s some pretty good stock.




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