• 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational features all-star lineup and inspiring exhibit

    By: Shelley Caran


    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard will hold its 41st annual tournament at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge March 4-10, 2019. 

    The tournament is Central Florida’s signature sporting event and a highlight of the PGA TOUR, attracting the greatest names in golf. 

    All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, whose mission is to create a brighter future for our youth, particularly those with serious health challenges, and locally supports Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.      

    Five-time major champion and World No. 20 Phil Mickelson is among the many golfers who have committed to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Also among the top players who recently have entered are Jason Day, the 2016 champion, Brooks Koepka, the reigning U.S. Open and PGA champion who is ranked No. 4 in the world, and Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 5 player in the Official World Golf Ranking who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy a year ago. 

    These latest additions give the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard six of the top 10 players in the world and 13 of the top 20. 

    This year the Arnold Palmer Experience, an engaging and interactive exhibit, will debut at the Invitational giving fans an opportunity to learn more about his storied life on and off the golf course.  

    Fans will enter a 360-degree domed theatre where a brief film of Mr. Palmer’s life will highlight his path from humble roots in Latrobe, Pa. as the son of a groundskeeper to one of the most beloved figures in the game of golf and an American icon.  The film will feature many of the wide-ranging aspects of Mr. Palmer’s amazing life, including his champion golf career, his love of aviation, his innovative business success and his charitable giving – all grounded with strong character and values.  The film will also speak to his family’s plans to carry forward Arnie’s legacy to inspire generations to come and how fans can be involved in Arnie’s Army.  

    Located adjacent to the 10th hole at Bay Hill, the Arnold Palmer Experience will be open to all tournament ticket holders during tournament days.  The tournament week, however, is only the beginning for the Arnold Palmer Experience.  Plans call for the 360-degree theater to remain open for Bay Hill members and Lodge guests for a few weeks following the tournament, and then travel to Latrobe this summer leading into Mr. Palmer’s 90th birthday in September with the goal of inspiring others to live a “Life Well Played.”

    Mr. Palmer brought the former Florida Citrus Open to his Bay Hill Club in 1979 and turned it into one of the most elite events in golf. It offers a purse of $9.1 million, one of the richest on the PGA TOUR, and the winner will receive a three-year TOUR exemption instead of two years. 

    New in 2019, the tournament will be the first event in The Open Qualifying Series USA, meaning three spots for The 148th Open are up for grabs to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties.

    For a look at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, head over their official website.

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