Rory McIlroy’s last PGA Tour win took place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He loves Arnie’s legacy. He loves the course. He’s been scratching the on the door for his first win of the season all year long. This week may be when he get’s his first win of the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season.
When McIlroy wins he goes low… really low. In last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational McIlroy shot a final round 64. He leads the PGA Tour in rounds of 63 or better at four, and two of them have come in his last two tournaments. With four consecutive top five finishes in his last four starts, McIlroy is right there.
How much does McIlroy love the Arnold Palmer Invitational, look no more than at his stats. Since 2010, no player has a better scoring average at the Arnold Palmer Invitational than Rory McIlroy with a minimum of 10 rounds. Only three players since 2010 have an average score of sub 70, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.Embed from Getty Images
Last year, McIlroy averaged 316.5 yards off the tee which led the field by a great margin. His 316.5 yard average was a staggering 25.3 yards longer than the field. As is the case with McIlroy, it all comes down to how close he can hit it and if he makes the putts. He was nearly 10 feet closer on approaches than the field. More importantly, his putting was staggering. He was 54 of 54 from inside 7 Feet. As a comparison, only Tiger Woods was better. Woods was 59 of 59.
Will this week be McIlroy’s? All of the stars seem to be aligning for him. He’s coming in with momentum. His results at the Arnold Palmer Invitational since 2010 is better than anybody else. Most important, he’s hungry. McIlroy has the huger back in him. With his concentration on the PGA Tour this year, he want’s to be the man this season. If he can putt well, McIlroy will be hard to beat this week.