Arnold Palmer Invitational Tickets for Sale
In 1990, Arnold Palmer not only redesigned all 18 greens at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, but amongst many other adjustments he made, one of the most major involved the overall distance; increasing the total course length by 93 yards, which in turn changed par from 71 to 72.
With Tiger Woods so often being compared to Arnold Palmer, it seems only fitting that Tiger has achieved so much success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Besides the four consecutive victories from 2000 to 2003, Woods became just the third player in PGA Tour history to win the same event that many times, and his record 11-stroke victory in 2003 was even more impressive considering he was battling food poisoning prior to the start of the final round.
Since 2004, the event has been presented by MasterCard and included that it the title, while in 2007, the tournament at Bay Hill was renamed the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Vijay Singh captured the title that year, with four birdies in five consecutive holes on the front nine of his final round helping him charge to a two-shot victory. Singh has been one of the most consistently dominant players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; making the cut and finishing under par for 15 years in a row, while also playing the role of runner-up three times.
Get your Arnold Palmer Invitational tickets now and be there to see how things turn out for the field this year at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
Formerly known as the Bay Hill Invitational as recently as 2006, the Arnold Palmer Invitational consistently draws the PGA Tour's top professionals, even as one traces the invitational's history back to 1966 when it began as the Florida Citrus Open Invitational. Make plans to get tickets as soon as you can for the next Arnold Palmer Invitational, set to take place March 25-28, 2010.
It was after an exhibition match against Jack Nicklaus, Don Cherry, and Dave Ragan in 1965, that Arnold Palmer fell in love with Bay Hill, leading him to purchase the private golf resort in 1976 and making it his family's winter home ever since. The restricted field tournament, which is played annually at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, was renamed the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2007 in honor of the legendary golfer.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational has given a number of golfers their first PGA wins. Playoff wins secured first wins for Bob Byman in 1979 and Mike Nicolette in 1983, with Robert Gamez and Paul Goydos also lifting their very first tour trophies in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Bay Hill is specifically significant for Loren Roberts, who followed his first victory in 1994 with his second in 1995. Tiger Woods, who lives in nearby Windermere, captured an unprecedented four consecutive championships (2000-03) and also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational again in 2008 and 2009.
In 1984, when the PGA Tour promoted the tournament at Bay Hill to elite status, it reduced the size of the field, thus increasing the quality of the competitors. Gary Koch won the title that year, having posted a final-round 63 and eventually defeating George Burns in a playoff.