Top 5: Greatest Arnold Palmer Invitational momentsMarch 17, 2017 The Scoop
NCG celebrates the King's legacy with a look back at the most memorable moments from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational will be played this weekend for the first time without its leading man.
The iconic seven-time major winner died last September at the age of 87.
However, he has left a legacy in so many different aspects of the game. And one close to his heart was the Arnold Palmer Invitational, held annually at his beloved Bay Hill Club in Florida.
There have been so many memorable moments from the tournament down the years. James Broadhurst picks out five of the best…
Sergio up a tree
Hats off to Sergio Garcia’s ingenuity at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
El Nino was forced to attempt a miraculous recovery shot after his ball became lodged in a tree.
Most club golfers would take a penalty drop but crafty Sergio decided to pull off a one-handed shot while standing backwards in a tree:
Unfortunately, Garcia injured his shoulder in the process and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
A vintage Tiger moment
Arguably the best ever finish at Bay Hill. Who can forget this?
You can read more in our Throwback Thursday feature this week.
A rocky landing for Sneds
Brandt Snedeker treated spectators at the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational to a shot of pure fluky brilliance.
The American lined up his second effort on the infamous par-4 18th, which is guarded by water, and… well, just take a look:
Tiger up to his old tricks again
A 25-foot putt on the last to win the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational. A tough ask for anyone, right?
Well, not if your name is Tiger Woods.
The then World No. 1 was chasing a fifth straight PGA Tour win and nothing was going to stand in his way, not even ultra-consistent Bart Bryant who was the clubhouse leader after finishing 68-68-68-67…
A shot fit for a King
Brandt Snedeker has already demonstrated one way to find the green on the tricky 18th at Bay Hill, but in 2004, Arnold Palmer, at the age of 74, showed he still had a few tricks up his sleeve.
Playing the last hole in his final tournament at Bay Hill, Palmer found the middle of the fairway with his driver from the tee.
He then surprisingly opted for the big dog again for his second shot and fired a low stinger down the left side and onto the putting surface.
A fitting way for the King to say farewell to the tournament he held so close to his heart.
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