Normally I wouldn't take any time previewing a tournament like this, but we've been talking about sand play over the last week... and apparently Arnie decided the bunkers needed work. A lot of work. The article's author, Steve DiMeglio, writes:
The biggest change involved adding, removing and repositioning the course's bunkers. And Palmer had the faces of the bunkers reworked and pulled to the tops of mounds. Rookie Rickie Fowler, who won the 2006 HP Boys Junior Championship at Bay Hill in 2006, said all the bunkers can now be seen and will change angles of tee shots.There are other changes as well, such as shaved run-off areas and a return to a par of 72. But DiMeglio says this is the most extensive renovation in the course's history and that the players will be playing a course they have never seen before.
"The bunkers look awesome," said Fowler, who has won $889,471 in eight events to rank 18th this season. "They are a little bit more visible to the eye."
And that's why I'm devoting a little space to Arnie's tourney. There's a good chance we can all learn a little about sand play this week. (Besides, maybe Tiger can ignore Arnie's tournament, but I won't. I'd love to play in it. Are you listening, Arnie?)