Memories of Palmer abound as tournament begins at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Sam Saunders stepped onto the first tee at Bay Hill and flashed a quick thumbs-up to the crowd, the trademark gesture of his grandfather. For the next four hours, memories of Arnold Palmer were all around him Thursday. Nothing hit him harder, though, than his walk to the 16th tee. Parked next to the tee was Palmer's cart - that's where his grandfather loved to watch the action at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - and Saunders grew emotional. ''I started thinking about all the years that I've played in the tournament, and I just started thinking about him driving around in the cart and watching me,'' Saunders said. ''And just to see it sitting there empty ... yeah, that's hard. I think we all feel that. I had my emotional moment, looked at it, and then got my head where it needed to be to play the next hole.'' And then he finished like Palmer, taking on tough shots. They just didn't work out the way he wanted, though that sometimes was the case for the King, too. The first Arnold Palme
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