Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview
March 15 – 18 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Arnold Palmer was even a respected pilot. But, it is his reasoning for learning to fly that embodies why he is loved by so many: his early fear of flying as a young man led him to overcome that fear by taking full control and putting himself in control. Flash forward to 1976 and Arnold Palmer, along with co-pilots James Burr and L.L. Perky, flew around the world in record time. From fearing flying to owning the record for fastest flight around the world, Arnold Palmer was a living version of the American Dream realized.
This week, many players will pay tribute to Palmer in their own way. Rickie Fowler even has some dancing umbrella shoes he will wear to honor the legend and Arnie’s Army.
The world-class field of players is set and the intensity on tour is turning up as we get closer and closer to The Masters.
In modern times, this tournament has become a final stop for top players to tune-up their games prior to The Masters (April 5-8).
The record winning score is 23-under par. The average winning score for the past decade is 12-under par.
Bay Hill offers a number of risk vs. reward shots. Accuracy, especially from distance, are needed to compete here.
The keys to success this week are:
It sounds simple, but hitting fairways is critical. Measuring at more than 7,400 yards, long approaches won’t be easily managed from anywhere but the fairway.
The stats do not lie – this is not the Tiger Woods we have seen the better part of the previous five years. And while it may not be the Tiger Woods of the early 2000’s, he’s still playing at a level worthy of high praise.
How can you not root for this storyline?
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