Wi,Dufner will battle the course,pursuers all week
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Just when it looked like the tough old golf course at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge might be in its most inviting mood in years, a hot, nasty little southeast breeze turned gustier on Thursday and roughed up a number of the players in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
One of the late starters -- Jason Dufner -- was unscathed by the ill winds of the afternoon, and fought his way into a tie for the lead with Charlie Wi at 6-under 66. Neither has won on the PGA TOUR and it might be a little early to suggest one or the other could hold on and break through for their first victory this week.
They led by two strokes over long-hitting Nick Watney and three strokes over a group of seven tied for fourth at 69. All the players in that group are bombers, including the current longest driver on the PGA TOUR, Bubba Watson. Then there's Tiger Woods -- who has won this event six times -- Anthony Kim, who appears to have found something in his game after going winless on TOUR since taking the 2010 Shell Houston, Jimmy Walker, the only other player in the first-round top 10 without a win, and Justin Rose, who won two weeks ago.
Multiple winners Sean O'Hair (4), who last won in 2011, and reigning PLAYERS champion, K.J. Choi (8) -- both of whom can go deep -- round out the top 10.
That's a whole lot of firepower for Dufner and Wi to be trying to stave off for three more rounds, especially with the added burden of going for their first win. Dufner is making his 161st start and Wi his 167th start.