Lahiri set to tee off at Palmer Invitational on PGA Tour

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Orlando (US), Mar 3 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will look to shake off his patchy form and come up with an improved show when he tees off in the Arnold Palmer Invitational here from Thursday.

Lahiri loves the Bay Hill course, but he has so far not been able to get the kind of results he wants. He has been finding his form in patches but has not been able to string together four rounds of high quality golf.

The Indian comes into the event after a T-39 finish at the Puerto Rico. His results in 2021 have been somewhat low key with two missed cuts in four starts with Puerto Ricco as the best.

Lahiri will tee off in the company of Danny Lee and Doug Ghim at just past noon from the tenth tee.

Last year saw Lahiri make only 11 starts on the PGA Tour as he was in India during the COVID-19 pandemic and did not play March and August.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational was his last start before the pandemic halted the Tour schedule after the first round at the Players. Lahiri missed the cut at Bay Hill, and would therefore be keen to make amends.

Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton is back as are former champions Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Francesco Molinari and Marc Leishman. The last Amerrican to win Palmer Invitational was Matt Every, who did so in 2014 and 2015 and before him it was Tiger Woods in 2012 and 2013.

The long-hitting Bryson DeChambeau will be watched closely as he challenges many of the longer holes and Jordan Spieth will hope to bring in his first win in a long time.

The field is 123 at the Par-72, 7,466-yard course, which hosts the event for the 43rd time and carries a purse of USD 9.3 million with the winner taking home USD 1.674 million and 550 FedExCup points, plus a three year exemption.

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