It wasn't until that the young star made the trip to Bay Hill. After an opening-round 70, McIlroy joined the tournament host for dinner in the clubhouse that night. When asked Sunday what he remembered about that night, McIlroy first thought of Palmer's unorthodox condiment choice.
The food, though, paled in comparison to the conversation. Mostly, Palmer talked while McIlroy listened intently. He told the story of winning the Open Championship, still having to qualify for the next year's edition of the event, then winning that one, too. After 90 minutes together, neither wanted to leave. And so they ordered two banana splits for dessert, as Arnie kept talking and Rory kept listening. Palmer didn't talk that night about his greatest regret in golf, but it could've been a relevant topic.
Though he won seven major championship titles, he never claimed a PGA Championship, forever leaving him agonizingly short of a career grand slam. Following his victory this weekend, McIlroy will surge up the short list of potential Masters Tournament contenders in less than three weeks.
As he finished his three-stroke victory, on the strength of a final-round 64 that included birdies on five of the last six holes, McIlroy was thinking about his late friend and how much he wished Palmer could've been here to share his success. I tried to be as aggressive as I could and tried to take on shots when I needed to, just like he would have. So yeah, it's sort of come full circle since that day. It has been a long days since then for McIlroy, who has struggled to find the form he displayed this weekend.
It has been a longer days for those around the world who revered The King, and especially for those right here at Bay Hill who simply knew him as Arnie. That includes McIlroy himself, who was once threatened by Palmer for failing to play his tournament, only to forge a special relationship with the man. If I could get halfway close to that, I'll have had a pretty good career. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
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In , Walt Disney announced the purchase of over 27, acres of land nearby, where the Walt Disney World Resort would soon emerge. The same year, Arnold Palmer played in and won a charity exhibition tournament at Bay Hill, Arnold fell in love with the course and the area, so much so he wanted to own it.
In the summer of Arnold decided to redesign the course with his design company. He redesigned all 18 greens, reworked of all the bunkering and made major changes to four holes.