The 2022 PGA Tour of golf is preparing to enter its climax with top-level appointments that anticipate the Majors. It begins with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an “elevated” tournament of the top American circuit which, from 3 to 6 March in Orlando, Florida, will see 120 competitors compete for a prize pool of 12,000,000 dollars.
The appointment precedes The Players Championship (10-13 March in Ponte Vedra Beach) which will instead boast the highest “bag” ever for a PGA Tour tournament (20,000,000 dollars). A double show, which will open precisely with Arnold Palmer, a race with a great tradition dedicated to a golf legend.
Two expected protagonists will be missing: Francesco Molinari (who made the tournament his in 2019 after having made a ‘hole in one’ in the first round), who will return to the field at The Players, and the Californian Bryson DeChambeau, outgoing champion (out because he has not yet recovered from a hand and hip injury that forced him to retire from Saudi International, stage of the Asian Tour weeks ago).
Arnold Palmer Invitational, Jon Rahm
At the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, however, there will be four of the best ten players in the world: the Spaniard Jon Rahm (number 1 in the world ranking), the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (fourth), the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (fifth and king of Arnold Palmer in 2018) and American Scottie Scheffler (sixth).
Among the most anticipated big players also the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, leader of the FedEx Cup. And the English Tyrrell Hatton (his tournament in 2020). The symbol of the exhibition will be the now famous “red cardigan”, Arnold Palmer’s trademark.
Curiosity: in the field there are also the American Zach Johnson (just named captain of the USA at the Ryder Cup 2023) and the Swedish Henrik Stenson among the favorites (together with the English Luke Donald, absent in Orlando) to lead the Europe team in a little more a year and a half at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome).
There will still be Tiger Woods (there is anticipation for his return to the field), who has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times (all-time record), the first in 2000 and the last in 2013.