Jason Day shares funny story on post-win drink with Arnold Palmer

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Jason Day shares funny story on post-win drink with Arnold Palmer

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Jason Day shares funny story on post-win drink with Arnold Palmer

ORLANDO, Fla. – It was certainly a special moment at Bay Hill Club & Lodge last year for Jason Day.

The Australian had captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his eighth PGA Tour win, and was having a celebratory drink with Arnold Palmer himself.

“The King” would pass in September, making Day the last champion to get such a chance with Palmer.

“To be able to win last year and have that celebratory drink with him and being the last person to be able to do that is a special honor,” Day said.

But when it comes to Palmer, there’s usually a funny twist to the story.

In Day’s case, the celebratory drink was pretty strong. And it led to a funny anecdote about the Aussie’s state post-victory.

“I felt like I was drinking a whole bottle of Ketel One, because that’s obviously (Arnold’s) favorite thing,” Day said. “I was on the Golf Channel and I felt absolutely hammered. I was siting down and I’m dehydrated, I had a drink with him, and I’m going up there and I don’t know what I’m saying on the Golf Channel, but hopefully it turns out something decent.”

Even when it wasn’t Palmer himself, The King was always entertaining.

Day, 29, enters this week’s event as the World No. 2 but with just one top 10 in four starts in 2017. He also backed out of the WGC-Mexico Championship two weeks ago citing a double ear infection and the flu.

But he is the defending champion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. If Day can go back-to-back, there will be one big difference this week: No celebratory drink with Palmer.

Even by Wednesday, Day can certainly sense a change at Bay Hill during tournament week. With this being the first year of a legendary host gone, the atmosphere has been raised on the property.

“They seem like they have stepped up big time this year and made this event that much more special not only through the golf course conditions and through just visual of the grandstands and all that, but being able to have the ambassadors and seeing them today out in the opening ceremony,” Day said. “I think that’s a good idea going forward.”

A drink with “The King,” may no longer be a a part of the proceedings, but this is still the Arnold Palmer Invitational. If Day does win again, we’ll be interested to see how his adjusted celebration goes.

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