This week the US PGA tour calls in at the Bay Hill club & Lodge, located near Orlando Florida.

It is a super golf course, I played it several years ago and has a lot of water in front of the greens.

The eighteenth hole has a plaque down the fairway on the left and it says, Robert Gamez holed a Seven iron from 175 yds for a 2 to win the golf tournament from Greg Norman!

Its a scary second shot with water down the right hand side, and usually the pin is tucked in the back right location, so you have to go all over water if you want a birdie to win, Norman thought he was    going to win or at worst make a play off, but he loses to a 2 on a long par four!

This tournament is special because of Arnold Palmer, and all that the King has done for the game , and all he has brought to the game, all the players love this week.

As I said at the beginning of this post I have played Bay Hill and I was very lucky to actually meet Mr Palmer at his restaurant  in La Quinta California two years ago.

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer & David Bown

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer & David Bown

If you are lucky enough to go to that part of the world you must eat there, the food is so good, the atmosphere is great and you might meet the King!

The place has many of Mr Palmers clubs, bags and pictures, and also in the gents toilets there is a scorecard of his showing he scored a 28 on the back nine! Not sure if there is a copy in the ladies!

He was so warm and welcoming, huge hands and you knew you were in the company of a legend, yet you felt at ease being there, that is a special talent!

Imagine how many autographs, hand shakes, pictures he has done, incredible!

Enjoy watching the tournament, it starts Thursday, and as I am not over there following Tiger, he should make the cut!!!

Happy Golfing




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