The stars have abandoned the Arnold Palmer Invitational; somehow I knew this was going to happen.

Just months after the passing of The King, and with several tributes planned for the event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational is left with the weakest field in years.

The stars have abandoned Arnold Palmer en mass.

Just 10 of the top 25 in the world are listed in the entries so far, contrasting with 2016 when 49 of the top 50 played.

The purse is up from $6.3 million to $8.7 million but that still cant entice the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth,  Justin Thomas, Adam Scott or fan favourite Phil Mickelson.

Billy Horschel WILL be there and he took to twitter to call out his fellow pros.

Louis Oosthuizen is also going.
“I think it’s a great way to say thank you to Mr. Palmer for everything he’s done in golf,” Oosthuizen said. “I love the golf course, and I wanted to work it back in. I just think it’s a tournament that, if you can, you should play it every year. And I’m going to try to do that from now on.”

So is Henrik Stenson.
 “There’s going to be some special tributes to his life and honor. We’re putting some umbrellas on our bags and things like that. So I’m sure it’s going to be a great week, and we’re going to do our best to honor him throughout the week.”Even with multiple tributes planned, including a 13-foot tall statue of Palmer, the stars are passing.

There is still two more days for players to declare. Lets see how many do.

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