Rory McIlroy, others at Bay Hill, prove Arnold Palmer never goes out of style

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Rory McIlroy, others at Bay Hill, prove Arnold Palmer never goes out of style

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Rory McIlroy, others at Bay Hill, prove Arnold Palmer never goes out of style

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Arnold Palmer set the style for a generation of golfers. But he never went out of style, even decades after he played his last PGA Tour event.

For three decades after he quit playing competitive golf, Palmer remained one of the top-grossing athletes when it came to endorsement income.

It was Palmer’s style – that of a people’s champion who emanated class – that remains in force. And never more so than with the return of Arnold Palmer Invitational to Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando.

There are multiple reminders of Palmer’s long-standing presence in the game of both in and on the course around Arnie’s Place Thursday in Round 1.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy mimicked some Old School Cool 1960s’ era Arnie-themed threads for his first round of play Thursday.

Let’s take an up-close look at those Nike shoes.

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McIlroy, like many others playing this week, simply wanted to offer a tasteful-yet-public tribute to Palmer. However, in the no-good-deed-goes-unpublished category, the defending API champion received criticism on social media for the color scheme of those soles on his shoes. For those who don’t know, the colors match the pattern used in Palmer’s iconic umbrella trademark logo.

Bryson DeChambeau also donned Palmer-themed attire, sporting Palmer’s iconic umbrella logo on his hat, shoes and shirt.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 07: Bryson DeChambeau of the United States lines up a putt on the second hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Club on March 07, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, opted to honor the tournament’s namesake with a pair a sweet Palmer-themed kicks from FootJoy.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 07: A detailed view of shoes worn by Sam Saunders of the United States are seen as he walks the 11th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Club on March 07, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler, in conjunction with Puma and Cobra, sent all out with his tribute, wearing a Palmer-themed hat, shirt, shoes.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 07: Rickie Fowler of the United States plays his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at the Bay Hill Club on March 07, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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He also had his gear ported around in this.

(Cobra Golf)

Given the prominent and pioneering role Palmer played in bring golf to the masses and his ability to market nearly anything, he would probably appreciate the tributes.

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