Fleetwood Makes 2 Eagles, Sets Target at Bay Hill

Fleetwood Makes 2 Eagles, Sets Target at Bay Hill

Fleetwood Makes 2 Eagles, Sets Target at Bay Hill

Through it all, Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley kept a steady march of solid golf Friday and wound up tied for the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, four shots clear of anyone else going into the weekend on a course that has been tough all week.

After a bogey at the first, Cabrera Bello bounced back with a perfectly-judged three-iron at the 215-yard second hole, where his ball landed on the front of the green and curled deliciously with the slope before to settle barely a foot away.

Back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the first time in six years, Mickelson capped off a wild round by almost holing his approach from the 18th fairway for his seventh birdie on a round that will be remembered more for the shot Lefty tried to play right-handed.

Rafa Cabrera Bello hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. "I just made a decision to leave it in out of nowhere, and sure enough it hit the flag right in the middle and went in".

Not a bad day at the office: Eight birdies, one bogey and done by noon.

The 37-year-old Aussie sits T-3 on the leaderboard entering the final round at Bay Hill thanks to a third-round, 3-under 69 that moved him to 7 under for the tournament, just two back of leader Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Only five players from the morning wave broke 70.

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"I've become a lot more comfortable with the fact that I'm going to fail more times than I succeed at that certain conquest or whatever you want to call it". Day was coming off a three-week break.

"I think we all have to give them a bit of leeway here and say yes they probably made some mistakes, but we all do and I'm sure they will get it right eventually". Mickelson was in the group at 68 along with Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Patrick Rodgers and Billy Horschel.

Former world number one Jason Day lasted less than seven holes before withdrawing due to back problems.

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"I had come off a bogey at one, so wasn't really happy on the (second) tee", he said. "But, unfortunately, it didn't, so I had to pull out", said Day, who was two-over when he withdrew.

"I said to Matty, "Let's birdie the two par-5s, get two more and try shoot even".

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