Quintet, including Sorenstam and McDowell, to succeed Arnold Palmer as API host

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Quintet, including Sorenstam and McDowell, to succeed Arnold Palmer as API host

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Quintet, including Sorenstam and McDowell, to succeed Arnold Palmer as API host

Who will be the new host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational? Well, there will be multiple.

Arnold Palmer, the event’s longtime host who died last September at age 87, will be succeeded by five co-hosts: PGA Tour golfer Graeme McDowell, former LPGA star Annika Sorenstam, former PGA Tour players Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange, and former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. McDowell and Sorenstam are Orlando, Fla., residents.

“Arnold was a force of nature, on and off the course,” McDowell said. “We can’t fill his shoes, but we can carry on his passion for helping others.”

The tournament hosts will help with a variety of roles traditionally held by Palmer, including hosting pro-am parties and taking part in the trophy presentation. This year’s API will be held March 16-19 at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando.

The tournament also announced a special ceremony on March 15.

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