Grillo and Fitzpatrick share lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Saunders is not at Bay Hill to take his place.

Paul Casey was four shots further back after a 72, with Olympic champion Justin Rose recovering from bogeying his first three holes to finish alongside compatriot Tyrrell Hatton and defending champion Jason Day on three under. At the end of play, Mr. Palmer celebrated with a Ketel One on the rocks with his slice of lemon; it was his signature "19 th hole". Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! From right to left down the range, the balls soared against a blue sky.

The first Arnold Palmer Invitational since The King's death was sure to be rich with tributes to the seven-time major victor.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational this year is the first without Palmer, who died September 25 of heart complications.

To the Nolets, golf champion and Presidential Medal of Freedom Award victor Arnold Palmer was a mentor and a friend; he was simply "Arnie". Instead of getting a blue blazer, the victor now will get a red cardigan, like the King once wore.

"I scrambled really well", Fitzpatrick said. "He's everywhere", Saunders said. "I've been so personally touched by everyone that has come here".

Palmer's 29-year-old grandson was at Bay Hill to play, though he realized this was not a normal round.

Saunders not only received a sponsor exemption, he was placed in the star pairing for the afternoon with Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker. Saunders got his first sponsor exemption in 2006 at age 18.

Geoff Ogilvy carded a 76 while Australian amateur world No.1 Curtis Luck and Steven Bowditch (79) are languishing near the bottom of the field at seven-over. On the course, Club Ketel One will feature Arnold Palmer memorabilia, highlighting cherished moments throughout Mr. Palmer's life and precious photos of the Nolet family's friendship with "the King". And except for the golf cart.

"I didn't wear a wool hat because I didn't bring one with me this week", Molinari said. "I don't think that a lot of 16-year-olds can be in that situation with their granddad, obviously, so I'm forever grateful for it".

"I feel good about (the title defence) and it would be nice to be able to back it up because I was the last guy to have that congratulatory drink with him". Just another tournament, another round.

The total prize money was raised from $6.3 million to $8.7 million, as it will be for the Memorial that Jack Nicklaus runs.

The fans came to see fireworks from McIlroy.

"Very disappointing", McIlroy said.

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