As the week progressed the players that were there made the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard one to remember. Even with out Mr. Palmer and 10 of the top 25 players skipping, the tournament will go down as an amazing event.
The 6th hole was one to remember this week for many reasons. Sure John Daly didn’t make an 18 there but there was a Gator getting goosed, a Gator scarring Smiley, and a 6 iron that became Gator bait and all of them will be seen many times on social media at each players expense of laughter.
Saturday was moving day as Rory and Rickie both shot 65 to give themselves a chance on Sunday at bringing home the trophy. Unfortunately they fell short on Sunday with Rory finishing in a tie for fourth and Rickey shooting an even par 72 and finishing 12th.
In the end the 54 hole leaders, Charlie Hoffman and Kevin Kisner, couldn’t hold the lead and Marc Leishman turned out victorious after making a 51 foot bomb on 16 for eagle. He one putted the last four greens to close with a 69 and a one shot victory.
Steve spent Sunday out at Bay Hill with his dad and his brother in law and had a great time watching some great golf and talking with some people in the golf business. The highlight of the day had to be getting his picture in front of the Arnold Palmer Statue behind the first tee. It is really a great addition and remembrance and reminder of the man who not only the tournament is named after but left an amazing legacy on the golf tournament and the Central Florida Community.
There were many reminders of Mr. Palmer this week at Bay Hill. From the bag and umbrella on the driving range to the cart parked behind the 16th tee to all of the players who had the famous Umbrella Logo on their bag, head covers, hats and clothing to the constant reminders and conversations heard all over the golf course it was a great setting. Steve can confirm that you still can’t wear your hat in the club house, a rule that Mr. Palmer initiated there.
The volunteers on the course couldn’t have been nicer this week. The were respectful and courteous and we saw them running to golf balls in the 5 inch rough that was all over the course so that the players could easily find their golf ball when they arrived to it.
Now we know that golf tournaments are social events for some people to be seen. We expect everyone to have a good time but when the marshals ask you to be quiet you should be at a point where you can be quiet not screaming at your friends standing next to you about how cute your nails look (that actually happened). Justin Rose doesn’t care when he is teeing off about your nails and he does this for a living. He isn’t screaming at your when you go back to your job on Monday.
Dads Say So that we hope the momentum that was gained here at Bay Hill this week will continue into the years to come. There was an article we read earlier in the week that said that it could go the way that the Byron Nelson Tournament in Dallas has with players not showing up and that would not just be disappointing for the tournament but our hometown event that we enjoy going to so much. Sure it wasn’t the same seeing Mr. Palmer ride around the course giving his thumbs up to everyone he passed but you could feel him all around the golf course and the five hosts did an amazing job picking up in Mr. Palmer’s absence. Kudos to another Golfing Dad, March Leishman on your victory and getting it done with your family there. It is one you will never forget.