Jason Day felt 'absolutely hammered' after celebratory drink with Arnold Palmer

Marco Green
March 18, 2017

Given this is the first Palmer Invitational since one of golf's greatest players died at the age of 87 in September, many expected a stellar field but world number one Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson are among those skipping it.

The defending champion this week, Jason Day, was asked during his Wednesday press conference about what it was like greeting Arnie after he won past year.

'Mr Palmer's been there and done it many times and I'm sure when he did it he had one of his idols potentially write him a note, but you never expect these things - you don't know what's going to happen when you win something like that.

While recent form has been a little rusty for Day with just one top-10 finish in four starts on the PGA Tour this season, ranking him 98th in the season-long FedEx Cup standings, the omens of a successful defence at Bay Hill appear promising. "And I was on the Golf Channel and I felt absolutely hammered".

"But it was, we had a special moment at his place and just being and winning this tournament, because it is such a big event for us".

The world No 14 was due to tee off alongside Charl Schwartzel and Ben Martin for the opening two rounds at Bay Hill, but withdrew ahead of his 8.11am tee time due to illness.

The first round of the first API since the passing of "The King" is underway at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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