Tiger Woods will play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., next week, according to tigerwoods.com. No surprises here. Woods is the defending champion and it’s
a home game. (Woods lives in Orlando.) Plus, no way Woods disrespects
Arnie by bypassing his tournament, especially after playing in the
goofy Tavistock Cup earlier this week. Bay Hill always gets one of the
year’s best fields–despite its average $6 million purse–because even
Tour pros must pay their respects to the King.
Expect Woods to be the favorite as well. Tiger has won this tournament five times, including four
straight from 2000-2003. He owns Bay Hill as much as any course except
for maybe Torrey Pines, and we all know what he did there last year. It will
also be the last time we’ll see Woods before the Masters since he’s
more likely to wear Reeboks to a golf lesson with Jessica Simpson than he is to
show up at the Shell Houston Open.