Francesco Molinari returns to the process Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Membership & Hotel, in Orlando, Florida, the place he scored his closing person victory 4 years in the past. Probably the most prestigious competitions and “increased tournaments” at the PGA Excursion, the Arnold Palmer Invitational introduced via Mastercard (March 2-5), includes a $20 million prize pool with $3.6 million first coin.
. It was once March 10, 2019 when Francesco Molinari, with an ideal comeback from seventeenth position, recovered 5 photographs from the chief, the English Matt Fitzpatrick, within the ultimate spherical, relegating him to 2nd position with two delays after an unbelievable 64 (-8, 8 birdies).
In all 276 (-12) strokes and an additional feat within the first spherical with a “hollow in a single” (hollow 7, par 3, 203 yards, 4 iron). It’s was hoping that the reminiscence of that triumph will give the Azzurri the correct push and motivation to renew the adventure that this 12 months started beneath the most productive auspices with the luck as captain and participant of the Continental Europe group within the Hero Cup and 5th position within the following Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after which abruptly stopped with 3 cuts in a row, one at the DP Global Excursion and two at the American circuit.
Francesco Molinari, Arnold Palmer Invitational
Box as befits a event devoted to an ideal champion, Arnold Palmer, who additionally gave his very non-public of completion to a path owned via him since 1974 and initially designed via architect Dick Wilson.
Scottie Scheffler, international quantity two, will protect the identify in a context of 120 starters by which there will probably be 19 of the highest 20 within the Global Rating and, increasing the squad, 27 of the highest 30 and 44 of the highest 50. The overflowing Spaniard Jon Rahm is appreciated, 3 successes within the season (the closing within the Genesis Invitational in mid-February) and returned to primary for 2 weeks, after having made Scheffler descend from the throne now desperate to get again on it once imaginable.
Another reason to be involved in a contest that guarantees aggressive spirit, excellent play and leisure. And it can’t be differently when initially are Rory McIlroy (n. 3), winner of the development in 2018, Patrick Cantlay (n.
4), Xander Schauffele (n. 6), Will Zalatoris (n. 7), Max Homa (#8), Justin Thomas (#9) and Collin Morikawa (#10). And no longer handiest. Many others have simply claims to play a number one function, amongst whom we take into account Viktor Hovland (n. 11), Billy Horschel (n.
20) and Tyrrell Hatton (n. 26), all 3 2nd closing 12 months with the latter scored in 2020. And once more Tom Kim (n. 15), Jordan Spieth (n. 17) and Sungjae Im (n. 18). There may also be two different previous winners at the box, however with little probability of rising: Jason Day (2016) and Martin Laird (2011).
The event, now in its 58th version, was once born in 1966 with the identify of Florida Citrus Open Invitational. Over time it has modified its identify a number of occasions, albeit in some circumstances with slight adjustments, sooner than attaining the present one in 2007.
The development has an actual megastar in Tiger Woods, who received it 8 occasions in 14 editions (4 in a row from 2000 to 2003 and two doubles 2008-2009 and 2012-2013), whilst the opposite six more than one winners didn’t transcend the 2 hits: Jerry Heard, Gary Koch, Tom Kite and Ernie Els in several seasons and Loren Roberts (1994-1995) and Matt Each and every (2014-2015) scored consecutively.
Since 2014 the winner is granted a three-year exemption (i.e. he can play for 3 seasons at the PGA Excursion without reference to his place at the cash checklist as an alternative of 2 as after successes in standard circuit races), whilst since 2017, 365 days after the loss of life of Arnold Palmer, the winner himself wears a crimson cardigan in reminiscence of the champion who received this race in 1971.