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There will be three places in the field at The th Open on offer at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the leading three players who finish in the top ten and ties — and are not already exempt. In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Rankings at the beginning of the week commencing 4 March will be awarded a place in The th Open. And where better to hold an OQS event for those players with aspirations of teeing it up in Portrush than at Bay Hill, the home of two-time Champion Golfer and golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

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Palmer, who won back-to-back Opens in and , was highly credited for helping to revitalise the prestige of The Open after interest from American golfers had dwindled due to cost of travel. He narrowly missed out by one stroke before being named Champion Golfer the following two years, encouraging other leading Americans to travel over for The Open in the process.

Another Champion Golfer in Phil Mickelson, who lifted the Claret Jug in , will also be among the contenders for the title when he tees it up in Orland for the first time since Open four times, was runner-up three times in the PGA Championship, the only major that eluded him, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in Palmer became one of the best known sports figures and, at , , a telegenic golfer who burst out of black-and-white television sets across the country in the late s and into the s and took the game to the masses.


Are you kidding me? You finally had someone who had this charisma, and they're capturing it on TV for the very first time. He received virtually every national award in golf and was the "Athlete of the Decade" for the s in a national Associated Press poll.

Palmer, who helped found the Golf Channel decades later, also helped usher in the Champions Tour, where he won 10 times, including five majors. He was a magnetic star who attracted legions of fans who had never played golf as the television boon exploded across the land. Dwight Eisenhower, who loved golf, was one of Palmer's best friends.

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Richard Nixon asked Palmer about the Vietnam War. Palmer played golf with both Presidents Bush. Eisenhower painted Palmer's picture — as did Norman Rockwell. There is a drink named in Palmer's honor, as well as an airport, a golf tournament, hospitals, streets, charity initiatives and 19th-hole grill rooms. And from start to finish, Palmer signed as many autographs, posed for as many pictures, chatted with as many fans in the galleries as any golfer who hit a golf ball.

Palmer was a folk hero with a driver in his hand and a handshake after the round. Palmer was the oldest of four children born to Deacon and Doris Palmer.

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He received his first set of golf clubs from his father, who worked at Latrobe Country Club from until his death in Growing up near the sixth tee of the club, Palmer learned the grip and the swing from his father, as well as manners, empathy, integrity and respect. Palmer worked nearly every job at the club before heading to Wake Forest University, where he became one of the top collegiate players.

But when his close friend, Bud Worsham, was killed in a car accident, Palmer quit school and enlisted for a three-year hitch in the U.

Coast Guard. While stationed in Cleveland, his passion for golf was rekindled.

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Then, while working as a paint salesman, Palmer quickly got his game back in order and won the U. Amateur Championship. On Nov. His greatest stretch of golf began in and lasted four years, with Palmer winning six major championships and 29 titles on the PGA Tour.

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It was in , at the Masters in Augusta, Ga. At that event, Woods did not mention any neck discomfort, and he did not say Monday how the injury occurred. Woods last won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in , although he made a charge up the leaderboard at the event last year before stumbling in the final holes to finish in a tie for fifth place. Woods, who has won 80 PGA Tour events and 14 major championships, has elevated his world golf ranking to 12th. That ranking had slipped as low as 1,th while he battled various leg and back injuries.