Arnold PalmerMarch 15, 2017

Watch the PGA Tour honor Arnold Palmer with a driving range salute at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 15: A large group of players hit a ceremonial tee shot during opening ceremonies on the range prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
Chris Condon
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 15: A large group of players hit a ceremonial tee shot during opening ceremonies on the range prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

On Wednesday at Bay Hill, the PGA Tour and Arnold Palmer Invitational field held a ceremony for the event's namesake. Led by Palmer's grandson Sam Saunders, several of the game's dignitaries shared their memories of the seven-time major winner in the press center before heading to the driving range. Blanketed with the national anthem and a video on Palmer's life, a row of players stepped up to offer a tee-shot salute to the King:

That Palmer's bag stood nearby added a final poignant touch to the tribute:

In a week filled with numerous homages and praises to golf royalty, it's a gesture that won't be forgotten.


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