ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello made his debut at Bay Hill with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead Thursday among the early starters in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Bello made all but two of his birdie putts from about 6 feet or closer. He was helped by a pair of 30-foot birdie putts near the end of his round and a 10-foot par save at No. 9 on his final hole.
Keegan Bradley had a 67 and Graeme McDowell a 68.
Only five players from the morning wave broke 70. Defending champion Rory McIlroy played in the afternoon.
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Jason Day, the last player to win at Bay Hill before Palmer died in 2016, withdrew after six holes because of a back injury. Day was coming off a three-week break.