ORLANDO, Fla. – Never have there been so many changes in one year at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Palmer had the crew of his design company revamp all the greens, changing the strain of grass and altering the contours to allow for more hole locations.
The scorecard certainly will be different on Thursday. After experimenting as a par 70 the last three years, Palmer thought it was better for Bay Hill to return as a par 72. The fourth and 16th holes have been restored to par 5s.
And the defending champion, Tiger Woods, won’t be there. He won the Orlando event by making a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Sean O’Hair by a stroke.
Instead, Woods has decided he’ll return from a sex-scandal induced hiatus from golf at the Masters next month.