Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla.(AP) Bay Hill is returning to a par 72 for the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the tournament host decided that it was more fun for the gallery to see players making birdies.

Bay Hill switched to a par 70 the last three years by converting two par 5s into par 4s, including the 16th hole, which often was pivotal in deciding the tournament.

Palmer says Tuesday he wants his course to be challenging. He believes recent renovations of the bunkers, the greens and minor lengthening of some holes has made it more difficult.

But now he's giving way to entertainment value for the tournament in March.

The golf great says, ``We're going to go back to a par 72 and give them an opportunity to make birdies.''

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