Mickelson, Goosen and Garcia Join the List


Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard continues to add the world's top-15 golfers for the PGA Tour event at the Bay Hill Club

Current Masters champion Phil Mickelson, former U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia – three of the top-15 golfers on the world rankings – have signed on in the past week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, as the world's best players continue to make their commitments to this PGA Tour event, scheduled for March 12-18 at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida.

Formerly known as the Bay Hill Invitational, the tournament always has one of the strongest turnouts in world golf, and 2007 may be one of its best years ever. The commitment list now features No. 2 Jim Furyk, No. 4 Mickelson, No. 5 Ernie Els, No. 6 Goosen, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 13 Garcia and No. 15 Davis Love III.

Among those who have not yet made their plans known, but who played at Bay Hill last year, are No. 1 Tiger Woods, a four-time Bay Hill champion; No. 3 Adam Scott, who tied for third place in 2004, and No. 7 Vijay Singh, who tied for second in 2005 and was seventh last year. Others who played at Bay Hill last year but have not yet committed are No. 11 Geoff Ogilvy, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and No. 12 Trevor Immelman.

In addition to Mickelson, Goosen and Garcia, commitments in the past week were received from former Bay Hill winners Paul Azinger, Paul Goydos and Tim Herron, and from former British Open champion Justin Leonard and rising international star Jeev Milkha Singh from India.

Mickelson, who won at Bay Hill in 1997, last played here in 2002. He was second in 2001 and tied for third in 2002. Goosen was fourth at Bay Hill in 2005, and Garcia tied for eighth in 2005 and tied for tenth in 2006.

For tickets for the 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard or for more information, visit the web site,www.arnoldpalmerinvitational.com, or call the Bay Hill ticket office at 407-876-7774 or toll free at 866-764-4843. Tournament proceeds benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.