Grab some ice cold Arnold Palmers and pitch your multi-colored umbrella in sunny central Florida and get ready for this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Since 1979 the Arnold Palmer Invitational has been played at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Mr. Palmer purchased the property in the mid-’70s and was granted permission in the late-70’s by the PGA Tour to have a sanctioned tour event. Stretching out at over 7300 yards the champions course at Bay Hill demands precision and strategy. In 2009 the course saw a renovation performed by Arnold Palmer Design Company with hands-on oversight from Mr. Palmer himself. During the renovation, all 18 greens were redesigned and the course was changed from a par 71 to a par 72.
After dawning the red cardigan last year, defending champion Rory McIlroy is heading back to Bay Hill in phenomenal form. In his last four starts McIlroy has finished in the top 5, but with zero win conversions. McIlroy is confident he will find that winning formula soon, especially since the year’s first major is a mere one month away.
Justin Rose returns to competition this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as the World Number 2. Still looking to keep the fine form he had at his last win at the Farmers Insurance Open, Rosie has the experience to pull from as well. In Rose’s last three starts at Bay Hill, he has never finished outside the top 15 but has yet to record a win at Bay Hill.
Jason Day is looking to put another notch in the win column this week at Bay Hill. The winner in 2016, Day has not finished outside the top 25 at the API since 2015 and has two top 5 finishes in his last two tour starts. On paper, Day looks to be a favorite but needs the putter hot and ready to strike.
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