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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 232
A 13-foot bronze statue of Palmer was unveiled at Bay Hill ahead of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, with the huge 630kg tribute to stand proudly between the 1st and 10th holes, in a permanent reminder of the seven-time major winner’s contribution to the game. And in another touching acknowledgment, the nearby Route 408 Expressway has also been renamed the Arnold Palmer Expressway ahead of this year’s event, which Palmer owned from 1975 right up until his death. While the tributes will flow constantly throughout the week, it’s a shame more of the world’s best players couldn’t find the space in their schedules to allow them to attend. Only 14 of the world’s top 25 players have made their way to Orlando this week, with world No.1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson among those giving it a miss. Billy Horschel was quick to criticise those who aren’t turning up, suggesting their absence showed disrespect to a golfing legend. “Disappointing. Totally understand schedule issues. But 1st year without AP. Honour an icon! Without him wouldn’t be in position we are today,” Horschel wrote on Twitter. Ian Poulter, who will play at Bay Hill on a sponsor’s exemption, saw the weakened field differently and defended those who chose not to attend, telling ESPN the Bay Hill course doesn’t suit everybody. WHILE THE TRIBUTES WILL FLOW CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, IT’S A SHAME MORE OF THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYERS COULDN’T FIND THE SPACE IN THEIR SCHEDULES TO ALLOW THEM TO ATTEND.
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