Tournament

Television

Golf Channel: Thursday/Friday, 2– 6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

NBC: Saturday/Sunday 3-6 p.m.

Purse

Beginning in 2017, the 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.

Players & Pairings

Players and pairings will be announced closer to tournament week.

Arnold Palmer Cup Exemption

Arnold Palmer Cup

The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe. The event began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando FL in 1997 and has been staged each year alternately in Europe and the USA.

Selection of the Arnold Palmer Cup representative in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard is determined by a vote of the 20 Arnold Palmer Cup participants prior to the competition. The players select a member of each team (excluding themselves) who they think best represents the “Arnold Palmer Legacy,” that is, the values that Arnold Palmer has exhibited during his legendary career. The top vote getter from the winning team will earn the invitation. The Arnold Palmer Cup player selected must remain a collegiate golfer to compete at API. The junior caddie for the designated Arnold Palmer Cup player is also invited to Bay Hill.

2017 Exemption - Matthias Schwab 

2016 Exemption - Maverick McNealy

As one of America's top amateur players, Maverick McNealy has represented the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup. He was invited to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard after being nominated by his teammates as the player who most embodies the characteristics of Arnold Palmer.

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