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Taking the Weekend Off – Arnold Palmer Invitational

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When a field is as deep as this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, it invariably translates to big names missing the cut and getting the weekend off.

Notably, Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders missed the cut by one shot. Saunders was in the field on a sponsor’s exemption and played the first two days alongside Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker.

Henrik Stenson was coming off a tie for seventh last week at the Valspar Championship and had already said he would not be playing in next week’s Dell Technologies Match Play. Now the reigning Open Championship winner will have a few extra days off thanks to an extremely wet triple bogey on the par-4, 11th hole.

John Daly was playing at Bay Hill for the first time since 2006 to honor the late Arnold Palmer, shot 7-over to miss the cut.

Other past major winners in the field who missed the cut include Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Trevor Immelman, Geoff Ogilvy and Webb Simpson.

Matt Every, a two-time Arnold Palmer Invitational champion, snapped his streak of 17 consecutive missed cuts on the PGA Tour. He finished at 1-under to head into the weekend in a tie for 26th.

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