Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Golf world out to honour Arnold Palmer

Golf world out to honour Arnold Palmer

It's still hard to believe that Arnold Palmer has passed. It will the the first playing of the tournament without The King, who sponsored this tournament for 37 years until his death last fall.

Now, with McIlroy - and a host of other elite level golfers - set to take part in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, the Northern Irish golfer has shared a touching personal letter sent to him by Palmer after his maiden career Major victory back in 2011.

Meanwhile Justin Rose has posted several updates about Palmer, but the biggest nod came with the changing of his new twitter profile picture.

"I felt like I was drinking a whole bottle of Ketel One, because that's obviously (Arnold's) favorite thing", Day said. I was sitting 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 turned out something decent.

Hailing from a working-class background in Pennsylvania, Palmer became famous for his down to earth nature and plain speech, and is widely credited with being one of the most important figures in the sport's commercialisation and rapid growth.

Day, 29, enters this week's event as the World No. 2 but with just one top 10 in four starts in 2017.

The Australian was forced to miss the WGC-Mexico Championship earlier this month due to illness, while he also struggled with a lower back complaint during the final few months of 2016.

"I think Bay Hill this week, it is going to be pretty emotional" he said. If Day does win again, we'll be interested to see how his adjusted celebration goes.

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