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Last week's Honda Classic at PGA National (opens in new tab)marked the beginning of the 'Florida Swing,' with a huge run of events occurring between now and the first Major of the year at Augusta National.
Before we get to the Masters though we are set for some fantastic tournaments, with the PGA Tour heading to the venue of 'The King', with Bay Hill hosting the world's elite for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The tournament is the second of three player-hosted events on the PGA Tour, with Joaquin Niemann claiming the first at the Genesis Invitational (opens in new tab) a fortnight ago. That week, it was 15-time Major champion, Tiger Woods, who returned as tournament host.
Since 2007, the event at Bay Hill has been played under the Arnold Palmer name, with 'The King' and his design team revamping the Bay Hill course (opens in new tab) in 1989. During the construction, Palmer redesigned all 18 greens, reworked all of the bunkering and made major changes to four of the holes, altering the par from 71 to 72.
Last year, it was Bryson DeChambeau who claimed his eighth PGA Tour title, with a superb one-under-par final round in seriously tough conditions, giving him a one-shot win. However, because of injury, the 28-year-old will be unable to defend his title at Bay Hill. (opens in new tab)
Despite DeChambeau being unable to play, there is still a whopping 31 players in the world's top 50 featuring at Bay Hill. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm will be the main headliners as they look to claim the $2.16 million first prize, as well as the famous red cardigan sweater, a tradition that began in 2017 following Palmer's unfortunate passing in September 2016.
Check out how the prize money will be distributed among the field below.
WHAT IS THE TOURNAMENT PURSE FOR THE 2022 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL?
The tournament purse is $12 million, and the winner will take home $2.16 million. It is the largest in the history of the tournament. The PGA Tour has seen a dramatic increase in prize money and this is one of three player-hosted invitationals which has increased by nearly $3m. (opens in new tab)
WHO WON THE 2021 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL?
Last year, Bryson DeChambeau produced the lowest round of the day during the final round at Bay Hill, with his one-under-par score some 4.5 shots better than the field's average.
Throughout the final 18, Lee Westwood and DeChambeau were engaged in an incredible battle, with the American coming out on top as he secured his eighth PGA Tour title.
WHO WILL BE PLAYING IN THE 2022 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL?
Despite the defending champion not featuring due to the injury, you can still expect a huge field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (opens in new tab), with 31 of the world's top 50 featuring at Bay Hill.
Among the likes of Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, World No.1 Jon Rahm will be making his debut, whilst former champions Tyrrell Hatton and Marc Leishman are also in the field.
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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