The Arnold Palmer Invitational
is a PGA Tour golf
tournament. It is played each March at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge
, a private golf resort in Bay Hill, Florida
a suburb of Orlando
which has been owned by Arnold Palmer
since 1974 and where he has his winter home. The event was founded in 1979 as a successor to the Florida Citrus Open Invitational
, which was played at Rio Pinar Golf Club on the East side of Orlando. It has had a number of different names since then, most of them including "Bay Hill". The tournament was played for the first time under the Palmer name in 2007.
As a restricted field event on the PGA Tour
, only the first 70 players on the previous year's money-list are guaranteed invitations.Tiger Woods
won what was then known as the Bay Hill Invitational four years in a row from 2000 to 2003. This is one of only four occasions that a golfer has won the same event four times in a row on the Tour. In 2004 he was one shot off the lead after opening with a 67, but followed up with back to back 74s on the Friday and Saturday, and ended the final round on Sunday in a tie for 46th place. Woods then won the 2008 and 2009 tournaments, both times with birdie putts on the final hole.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour
, and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players (as opposed to most... Read More