ORLANDO - Jason Day shook The King's hand and picked Tiger's brain. That's about as good as it gets at Bay Hill Club & Lodge as the No. 3 player in the world shook off some nerves and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard for his eighth career PGA TOUR title.
With a clutch birdie at the difficult par-3 17th followed by a sand-save par that he made easier than it looked at Bay Hill Club's arduous 18th hole, Day managed to become the fourth wire-to-wire winner in tournament history. But he did it the hard way, with a 2-under-par 70 that was a struggle to the end.
"Regardless if you win wire to wire or you win pretty or you win ugly, a win is a win," Day, 28, said after beating Kevin Chappell by a stroke for his eighth PGA Tour title. "It's a great feeling and nothing beats winning.
Arnold Palmer — who brought the game of golf to the masses and today remains one of its most beloved players — has built an annual tradition at Bay Hill Club & Lodge that delivers world-class golf amidst a fun, festive social scene -- and most importantly gives back to the community. The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard is one of the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournaments and it happens in the heart of Orlando, one of the world’s most-traveled cities.
PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and representatives of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation announced this week that beginning in 2017, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation will manage oversight of the tournament as host organization. Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation was established to carry on the Palmer Family’s legacy of selflessly giving back by investing in the well-being of children & youth, health & wellness and the community & environment. In addition, next year’s purse will increase to $8.7 million, a bump of $2.4 million. Furthermore, the winner will receive a three-year TOUR exemption instead of two years.