2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational: Leaderboard, Friday Tee times, How to Watch Second Round

Matt Every took a surprise lead in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on Thursday.

The world No. 309 shot a 7-under-par 65 to finish the opening round at Bay Hill one shot ahead of world No. 1 and pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy.

Every's 65 was his best ever score in a single round at Bay Hill and some 20 shots lower than his most recent round, in which he carded 85 at the Honda Classic only six days ago.

Every missed the cut then as he did in two of his previous three starts on the PGA Tour, but he has given himself every chance to be in contention in the final two rounds this weekend.

The 36-year-old started his first round from the No. 10 tee and birdied the first, third and seventh hole, before shifting through the gears on the back nine with birdies at the 11th, 15th, 17th and 18th hole of his first round.

"I just didn't want to shoot myself out of the tournament with the way the weather was," Every said, referencing the wind players had to deal with in the afternoon. "The putter was a little shaky. It's always a little shaky. It was a good day for me."

McIlroy, who also teed off from the No. 10 tee, was similarly impressive, shooting a 6-under-par 66. The Northern Irishman has finished outside the top 10 just once in 10 starts since missing the cut at the Open Championship in July last year and the early signs suggest he could keep his formidable run of form going.

A bogey on his second hole was quickly offset by two birdies in the final three holes on the front nine, before McIlroy sank three birdies and an eagle on the back nine.

The latter came courtesy of a stunning shot at the fourth—the 13th in his round. Starting from a fairway bunker, McIlroy hammered the ball to within 25ft of the pin, before converting it for an eagle.

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The Northern Irishman's caddie described it as his best shot of the year and the four-time major winner delivered an ominous warning to the rest of the field.

"I'm definitely playing a bit better than I was in Mexico," said McIlroy, who finished fifth at the WGC-Mexico Championship two weeks ago. "I'm putting better, driving it better. I think the course suits me a little bit better as well."

Behind Every and McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Talor Gooch finished the first round at 5-under, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Keith Mitchell, Graeme McDowell, Tyler Hatton, Sam Burns and Brendon Todd were a further shot behind.

Former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka shot a relatively anonymous 72 and was typically straightforward afterward.

"Even par, nothing to get excited about, nothing to rave about," he said. "It's not far off but it's still annoying."

Patrick Reed and Billy Horschel finished at 2-under and 1-under respectively, while Bryson DeChambeau, who finished second behind McIlroy at Bay Hill two years ago, carded a 1-over-par 73 as did Justin Rose.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday.

Round 1 leaderboard

Matt Every -7

Rory McIlroy -6

Scottie Scheffler, Talor Gooch -5

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Keith Mitchell, Graeme McDowell, Tyler Hatton, Sam Burns, Brendon Todd -4

Selected tee times (all times EST)

No. 1 tee

  • 6:45 a.m.—Brian Gay, Scottie Scheffler
  • 8:06 a.m.—Xander Schauffele, Kevin Tway, Lucas Glover
  • 8:17 a.m.—Patrick Rodgers, Matt Every, Wyndham Clark
  • 11:35 a.m.—Emiliano Grillo, Danny Lee, Talor Gooch
  • 11:47 a.m.—Padraig Harrington, Mark Hubbard, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  • 11:58 a.m.—Lanto Griffin, Sung Kang, Henrik Stenson
  • 12:10 a.m.—Matthew Wolff, Danny Willett, Tony Finau
  • 12:33 a.m.—Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose
  • 12:44 p.m.—Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day
  • 12:56 p.m.—Lee Westwood, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace

No. 10 tee

  • 6:45 a.m.—Harris English, Doc Redman, Sam Saunders
  • 7:20 a.m.—Sebastián Muñoz, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 7:43 a.m.—Nick Taylor, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson
  • 7:54 a.m.—Sungjae Im, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
  • 8:06 a.m.—Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 8:17 a.m.—Jason Kokrak, Abraham Ancer, Zac Blair
  • 12:33 a.m.—Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker
  • 12:56 p.m.—Adam Long, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh

Arnold Palmer Invitational TV guide

On Friday, coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and runs until 6 p.m. ET. Coverage of featured groups and featured holes will be available from 7 a.m. ET via PGA Tour Live.

Golf Channel will also broadcast live action between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

NBC will take over at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, covering the final two rounds. Coverage of featured groups and featured holes will be available from 7:30 a.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday via PGA Tour Live.

Arnold Palmer Invitational live stream

All four days of the tournament can be watched on PGA Tour Live—beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 7:30 ET on Saturday and Sunday—Golf Channel's digital platforms and fuboTV. A live stream of the final two days of the tournament will be available via NBC's digital platforms.

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Matt Every of the United States reacts after his birdie on the eighth green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 5 in Orlando, Florida. Kevin C. Cox/Getty