March 27th, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
It is hard to say that any golfer won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The golf course seemed to have the upper hand all day Sunday as the best golfers around made one mistake after another. Martin Laird came to the fifteenth tee some five strokes over par and seemingly out of the tournament as Steve Marino had played steady golf and claimed a two stroke lead. Laird made two clutch birdies at 15 and 16 and Marino made a double at 17 to put Laird right back in the driver seat. After hitting his drive over 330 yards on the 18th hole, Laird hit a pitching wedge to the left side of the green. He was able to two put for the win and leave Marino with yet another second place finish.
This week solidified the idea that anyone can win in a given week. The fields on the PGA Tour have become so deep that it is nearly impossible to guess who will come on strong each week. Spencer Levin had a strong showing until Sunday when a 76 dropped him out of contention. With some learning experience these young guys will certainly tally up the wins in the coming years.