Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Arnold Palmer Invitational
Tournament information
Location Bay Hill, Florida
Established 1966, 55 years ago
Course(s) Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Par 72
Length 7,419 yards (6,784 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $8.7 million
Month played March
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Payne Stewart (1987)
To par −23 Buddy Allin (1973)
Current champion
Australia Marc Leishman
Bay Hill is located in USA
Bay Hill
Bay Hill
Location in the United States
BayHill is located in Florida
Location in Florida

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It is played each March at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, a private golf resort owned since 1974 by Arnold Palmer in Bay Hill, Florida, a suburb southwest of Orlando. The event was founded in 1979 as a successor to the Florida Citrus Open Invitational, which debuted in 1966 and was played at Rio Pinar Country Club, east of Orlando. It has had a number of different names since then, most of them including "Bay Hill," but has played under the Palmer name since 2007. On March 21, 2012, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and MasterCard Worldwide announced an extension to MasterCard's "Presented by" sponsorship until the 2016 tournament.[1][2]

As a restricted field event on the PGA Tour, only the first 70 players on the previous year's money-list are guaranteed invitations.[3]

Tiger Woods won what was then known as the Bay Hill Invitational four years in a row from 2000 to 2003. This is one of only four occasions that a golfer has won the same event four times in a row on the Tour. In 2004 he was one shot off the lead after opening with a 67, but followed up with back to back 74s on the Friday and Saturday, and ended the final round on Sunday in a tie for 46th place. Woods also won the 2008 and 2009 tournaments, both times with birdie putts on the final hole. He then won the tournament in 2012 by 5 shots, his first official PGA Tour win in 924 days and his seventh win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He repeated in 2013 for his eighth victory at the tournament. Two days before the 2014 event, defending champion Woods withdrew from the tournament, citing a bad back, and underwent surgery shortly after.

Invitational status

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the RBC Heritage, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the Memorial Tournament, and the Quicken Loans National. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).

In June 2014, the PGA Tour approved a resolution to grant the winner a three-year exemption, one more than other regular Tour events and on par with winners of the World Golf Championships, The Tour Championship, and the Memorial Tournament.[4]

The Arnold Palmer Invitational typically has stronger fields than other PGA Tour events, except the four majors, WGC championships, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup events. The winner got 68 OWGR points in 2007, 66 points in 2013, and at least 60 points in several recent editions.

Course layout

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 461 231 434 561 390 555 199 460 474 3,765 400 438 574 370 215 429 511 221 458 3,616 7,381
Par 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72



Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
2017 Marc Leishman  Australia 277 -11 1 stroke United States Charley Hoffman
United States Kevin Kisner
1,566,000 8,700,000
2016 Jason Day  Australia 271 -17 1 stroke United States Kevin Chappell 1,134,000 6,300,000
2015 Matt Every (2)  United States 269 −19 1 stroke Sweden Henrik Stenson 1,134,000 6,300,000
2014 Matt Every  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Keegan Bradley 1,116,000 6,200,000
2013 Tiger Woods (8)  United States 275 −13 2 strokes England Justin Rose 1,116,000 6,200,000
2012 Tiger Woods (7)  United States 275 −13 5 strokes Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell 1,080,000 6,000,000
2011 Martin Laird  Scotland 280 −8 1 stroke United States Steve Marino 1,080,000 6,000,000
2010 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 277 −11 2 strokes Italy Edoardo Molinari
United States Kevin Na
1,080,000 6,000,000
2009 Tiger Woods (6)  United States 275 −5 1 stroke United States Sean O'Hair 1,080,000 6,000,000
2008 Tiger Woods (5)  United States 270 −10 1 stroke United States Bart Bryant 1,044,000 5,800,000
2007 Vijay Singh  Fiji 272 −8 2 strokes United States Rocco Mediate 990,000 5,500,000
Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard
2006 Rod Pampling  Australia 274 −14 1 stroke England Greg Owen 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Kenny Perry  United States 276 −12 2 strokes Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell
Fiji Vijay Singh
900,000 5,000,000
2004 Chad Campbell  United States 270 −18 6 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby 900,000 5,000,000
Bay Hill Invitational presented by Cooper Tires
2003 Tiger Woods (4)  United States 269 −19 11 strokes United States Stewart Cink
United States Brad Faxon
United States Kenny Perry
United States Kirk Triplett
810,000 4,500,000
2002 Tiger Woods (3)  United States 275 −13 4 strokes New Zealand Michael Campbell 720,000 4,000,000
Bay Hill Invitational
2001 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson 630,000 3,500,000
2000 Tiger Woods  United States 270 −18 4 strokes United States Davis Love III 540,000 3,000,000
1999 Tim Herron  United States 274 −14 Playoff United States Tom Lehman 450,000 2,500,000
1998 Ernie Els  South Africa 274 −14 4 strokes United States Bob Estes
United States Jeff Maggert
360,000 2,000,000
1997 Phil Mickelson  United States 272 −16 3 strokes Australia Stuart Appleby 270,000 1,500,000
1996 Paul Goydos  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert 216,000 1,200,000
Nestle Invitational
1995 Loren Roberts (2)  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States Brad Faxon 216,000 1,200,000
1994 Loren Roberts  United States 275 −13 1 stroke Zimbabwe Nick Price
Fiji Vijay Singh
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
216,000 1,200,000
1993 Ben Crenshaw  United States 280 −8 2 strokes United States Davis Love III
United States Rocco Mediate
Fiji Vijay Singh
180,000 1,000,000
1992 Fred Couples  United States 269 −19 9 strokes United States Gene Sauers 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Andrew Magee  United States 203* −13 2 strokes United States Tom Sieckmann 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Robert Gamez  United States 274 −14 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman 162,000 900,000
1989 Tom Kite (2)  United States 278 −6 Playoff United States Davis Love III 144,000 800,000
Hertz Bay Hill Classic
1988 Paul Azinger  United States 271 −13 5 strokes United States Tom Kite 135,000 750,000
1987 Payne Stewart  United States 264 −20 3 strokes South Africa David Frost 108,000 600,000
1986 Dan Forsman  United States 202* −11 1 stroke United States Raymond Floyd
United States Mike Hulbert
90,000 500,000
1985 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 275 −9 2 strokes United States Tom Watson 90,000 500,000
Bay Hill Classic
1984 Gary Koch (2)  United States 272 −12 Playoff United States George Burns 72,000 400,000
1983 Mike Nicolette  United States 283 −1 Playoff Australia Greg Norman 63,000 350,000
1982 Tom Kite  United States 278 −6 Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus
Zimbabwe Denis Watson
54,000 300,000
1981 Andy Bean  United States 266 −18 7 strokes United States Tom Watson 54,000 300,000
1980 Dave Eichelberger  United States 279 −5 3 strokes United States Leonard Thompson 54,000 300,000
Bay Hill Citrus Classic
1979 Bob Byman  United States 278 −6 Playoff United States John Schroeder 45,000 250,000
Florida Citrus Open
1978 Mac McLendon  United States 271 −17 2 strokes Australia David Graham 40,000 200,000
1977 Gary Koch  United States 274 −14 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes
United States Joe Inman
40,000 200,000
1976 Hale Irwin  United States 270 −18 Playoff United States Kermit Zarley 40,000 200,000
1975 Lee Trevino  United States 276 −12 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin 40,000 200,000
1974 Jerry Heard (2)  United States 273 −15 3 strokes United States Homero Blancas
United States Jim Jamieson
30,000 150,000
1973 Buddy Allin  United States 265 −23 8 strokes United States Charles Coody 30,000 150,000
1972 Jerry Heard  United States 276 −12 2 strokes United States Bobby Mitchell 30,000 150,000
Florida Citrus Invitational
1971 Arnold Palmer  United States 270 −18 1 stroke United States Julius Boros 30,000 150,000
1970 Bob Lunn  United States 271 −17 1 stroke United States Arnold Palmer
Australia Bob Stanton
30,000 150,000
Florida Citrus Open Invitational
1969 Ken Still  United States 278 −10 1 stroke United States Miller Barber 23,000 115,000
1968 Dan Sikes  United States 274 −14 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf 23,000 115,000
1967 Julius Boros  United States 274 −10 1 stroke Canada George Knudson
United States Arnold Palmer
23,000 115,000
1966 Lionel Hebert  United States 279 −5 2 strokes United States Charles Coody
United States Dick Lytle
United States Jack Nicklaus
21,000 110,000

* rain-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Multiple winners

Seven men have won this tournament more than once through 2015.

Tournament highlights

  • 1966: Lionel Hebert wins the inaugural version of the tournament. He wins by two shots over Jack Nicklaus, Charles Coody, and Dick Lytle.[8]
  • 1968: Dan Sikes breaks out of a 5-way logjam to win by one shot over Tom Weiskopf. At the end of 54 holes, Sikes had been tied for the lead with Jack Nicklaus, Bruce Devlin, Miller Barber, and Bob Charles. Officials said this was the first time there had ever been a five-way tie for the lead after 54 holes at a PGA event.[9]
  • 1971: Arnold Palmer wins the event eight years before he becomes its host. He beats Julius Boros by one shot.[10]
  • 1973: Vietnam War veteran Buddy Allin shoots a tournament record 23 under par to breeze to an eight shot victory over Charles Coody.[11]
  • 1974: Jerry Heard becomes the tournament's first two-time winner. He beats Homero Blancas and Jim Jamieson by two shots.[12]
  • 1976: Early on a Monday morning, Hale Irwin defeats Kermit Zarley on the sixth hole of a sudden death playoff after play was suspended due to darkness on Sunday.[13] While speaking to the press on Sunday evening, Irwin blamed NBC Sports for there not being enough time to finish the playoff.[14]
  • 1979: Bob Byman wins the first edition of the tournament to be played at Bay Hill. He defeats John Schroeder on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.[15]
  • 1980: Dave Eichelberger wins by three shots over Leonard Thompson.[16] The temperatures were so cold that Eichelberger wore panty hose during the final round.[17]
  • 1982: Tom Kite chips in for birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Jack Nicklaus and Denis Watson.[18]
  • 1984: Gary Koch shoots a final round 63 before defeating George Burns on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Koch is the only champion in the tournament's history to win both at Rio Pinar and Bay Hill.[19]
  • 1985: Coming off back surgery less than six months previously, Fuzzy Zoeller wins at Bay Hill. He finishes two shots ahead of Tom Watson.[20]
  • 1987: Payne Stewart, who owned a home just off Bay Hill's 12th tee, notches his third career PGA Tour title. He beats David Frost by three shots.[21]
  • 1989: Tom Kite wins for a second time at Bay Hill by defeating Davis Love III on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Before the playoff took place, both Kite and Love made double bogey on the tournament's 72nd hole.[22]
  • 1990: Robert Gamez holes a 5-iron on the 72nd hole for an eagle two allowing him to win by one shot over Greg Norman.[23]
  • 1992: Fred Couples wins by nine shots over Gene Sauers. With his win, Couples becomes the #1 ranked player in the world.[24]
  • 1995: Loren Roberts becomes the first returning champion to successfully defend his title. He beats Brad Faxon by two shots.[25]
  • 1996: Paul Goydos wins for the first time on the PGA Tour. He beats Jeff Maggert by one shot and Tom Purtzer by two.[26] During the tournament's second round, Purtzer incurred a two-shot penalty by playing the wrong ball.
  • 1998: During the tournament's final round, John Daly hits six balls in the water on the sixth hole. He finishes the hole with a final score of 18.[27]
  • 2000: Tiger Woods wins at Bay Hill for the first time. He beats Davis Love III by four shots.[28]
  • 2003: Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer since Gene Sarazen at the 1930 Miami Open to win the same tournament in four consecutive years. He wins by 11 shots over Kirk Triplett, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, and Brad Faxon.[29]
  • 2005: Kenny Perry wins by two shots over Vijay Singh. The two players were tied for the lead till Singh made double bogey at the 72nd hole.[30]
  • 2008: Tiger Woods sinks a 25-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole to defeat Bart Bryant by one shot.[31] It's Woods fifth Bay Hill triumph in addition to his winning the fifth consecutive tournament he had played in.
  • 2009: Tiger Woods wins at Bay Hill for the 2nd straight year and sixth time overall. He birdies the 72nd hole to defeat Sean O'Hair by one shot.[32]
  • 2012: Tiger Woods wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the seventh time, ending a winless streak on the PGA Tour dating back 27 events to September 13, 2009.[33]
  • 2013: Tiger Woods wins for a record-tying eighth time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational while holing three eagles during the week, the first time a player has accomplished the feat since 2001; he ascends to the number 1 ranking for the first time since October 2010.[34]
  • 2014: With world number one Woods out of the tournament, the focus was on world number two Adam Scott. Scott led the first three rounds, but fell apart in the fourth round, finishing third behind Keegan Bradley and first-time PGA Tour winner Matt Every.
  • 2015: Matt Every holed a 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to beat Henrik Stenson by one shot and become the third golfer to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In the third round, Daniel Berger recorded an double eagle at the par-5 6th hole, the first since the tournament moved to Bay Hill in 1979. Zach Johnson repeated the feat in the final round on the par-5 16th.[35][36]


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  8. Hebert Discards Remedy, Wins Florida Citrus Open
  9. Dan Sikes wins Citrus Open
  10. Palmer Cops Citrus Open
  11. Allin Citrus Champ
  12. Jerry Heard regains winning touch, takes Citrus Open on 273 total
  13. Citrus Open playoff won by Hale Irwin
  14. Irwin Raps TV For Late Start
  15. Byman steps up in Citrus
  16. Eichelberger wins chilly Bay Hill
  17. Golfers required panty hose
  18. Kite wins Bay Hill Golf in three-man playoff
  19. Gary Koch wins Bay Hill playoff
  20. Fuzzy Zoeller wins Bay Hill Classic
  21. Stewart wins Bay Hill by 3
  22. Kite catches Love and wins playoff
  23. Spectacular eagle wins for Gamez
  24. Sizzling Couples coasts by 9 shots in Nestle laugher
  25. Roberts and Bay Hill Links Seem Made for Each Other
  26. Goydos fires 67 to capture Bay Hill
  27. Six In Lake Give Daly an 18
  28. Woods Triumphs Again, Leaving Love in Awe
  29. Ailing Woods wins 4th straight Bay Hill by 11 strokes
  30. Perry Wins Bay Hill After Singh Suffers Rocky Finish
  31. Tiger birdies 18 for title
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