Found March 22, 2012 on YummySports:
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Arnold Palmer would have really wished that world no. 1 Luke Donald and world no. 2 Rory McIlroy would have honoured his invitations to participate in his Tour event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational

The event will serve as a form of preparation for the Master scheduled for 5th April 2012. Palmer, who is now 82 years of age, was very disappointed with the decision of Donald And McIlroy not to play in the event.

“I’m disappointed they are not here,” said Palmer.

“I had a letter from Rory that told me he wasn’t coming. Of course that made me feel great. And if you believe that, I’ll talk to you outside after.”

“Back in the early years of the Tour I went to the British Open to kind of enhance or to create additional interest in international golf,” Palmer said.

“And to think that those guys are now the top international players in the world, we like to have them here.”

McIlory recently became world no. 1 at the tender age of 22 years, becoming the youngest after Woods to get to the no. 1 spot when he toppled Donald after winning the the Honda Classic ealry this month.

Donald on the other hand, crashed out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, losing to South Africa’s Ernie Els, but it was shortlived when Donald won Transitions Championship to get back at the top and McIlory to the second spot.

Palmer said that after doing all he can to get them to play, it saddened him that they decided not to show up.

“I’m certainly not happy that those fellas chose not to come this year,” Palmer added. “We are doing everything we can to entice them to come and play.”

“I think he has done a wonderful job with 22 years old and starting his career like he has just gotten launched into.

“I’m not sure that I know exactly what he wants me to tell him or what he wants to hear from me, but I look forward to seeing him and talking to him.

“He also mentioned in the letter that he will be here to play in years to come.”

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