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Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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I once had a conversation with a gentleman who during the Vietnam war was asked by the President of the United States to provide the US Govt a service while overseas.He told me of the situation and I remember asking “Why on earth would you do that?”. His reply made sense.“Son! When the President of the United States puts his hands on your shoulders and asks for help, it is real hard to turn him down.”

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is this coming weekend.Only 10 of the world’s top 25 ranked players are going to be playing.Mr. Palmer is not able to coerce the world’s top players into turning up.He cannot put his hands on their shoulders, look them in the eye and demand their presence at Bay Hill.Yes, they mutter and profess how much they owe Mr. Palmer. Yes, they recognize his great legacy in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children he, with wife Winnie, opened in 1989.For one week a year, Mr. Palmer deserves the respect and commitment by those who have benefited most.

The Byron Nelson Classic was once a great, and deeply respected tournament that time has passed by.Mr. Nelson is no longer able to put his hands on shoulders and demand the attendance of golf’s greatest players.Like Mr. Palmer, Mr. Nelson was at the 18th green to thank those who participated.Let us hope that conscience overwhelms both selfishness and players schedule to allow some common sense, and courtesy, to prevail.

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