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The Bay Hill Invitational: Orlando Golf at it's Best


Date: March 14th – 20th, 2005
Time: Varies
Place: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club

Orlando has always been known as a major center for golf. The city is also home to a number of PGA Tour stars, past and present, including Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara and many others. One of the highlight events of the PGA Tour takes place right in the heart of Orlando, half way between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The Bay Hill Invitational is one of the PGA's most popular events, as it brings golf legend and namesake Arnold Palmer out of retirement to walk the course with the best and brightest of the PGA Tour. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women, lending a particularly noble cause to the popular tournament.

Last year's Bay Hill Invitational went down to the final Sunday, as rising star Chad Campbell bested veteran Australian and Orlando resident Stuart Appleby with a flawless final round 66 to take the tournament by six strokes. The win, Campbell's second on the tour, was particularly memorable, as he spent the first two days of the Invitational with Palmer as his playing partner. Campbell and Palmer were re-united at the trophy presentation, as Arnold Palmer annually appears on the 18th green to present the winner with his championship title. While some in the golf world saw Campbell's victory as a surprise, many golf analysts now see Campbell as an important player to watch as this season kicks off.

While few casual fans knew of Chad Campbell before his Bay Hill win, the Invitational has no shortage of famous past champions in its 26-year history, including Lee Trevino, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and, of course, Tiger Woods. Woods actually won the tournament four years in a row, until Campbell took the 2004 title.

The Bay Hill Invitational is great golf for a great cause, drawing fans from all over the world with its stellar field of champion golfers and its challenging course, called the best in Central Florida by many experts, featuring wide open fairways and large greens protected by multiple bunkers. The mild spring weather makes attending the tournament a thoroughly pleasant experience, and a rare treat to see the legendary Arnold Palmer out on the course.

For more information please contact Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge at 1-866-764-4843.

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