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Are Players Wrong to Skip Arnold Palmer Invitational?

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This week is the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since the legendary host passed away last year. We all know the incredible impact that he had on the game's enduring popularity from the 1950s onwards, in addition to the great charitable work he did with child hospitals, which has raised questions about the non-participation of some of the biggest names in golf. 

World Number One, Dustin Johnson is absent. As are Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott to pick out a few notables. It's a busy time of the season with two World Golf Championships in the space of three weeks, leading into the Masters next month. These guys are trying to build a schedule for Augusta, and perhaps understandably don't want to play such a consistent run of tournaments before the first major of the year.

That said, considering the legacy of Arnold Palmer, should they have made an exception this year to support the event and pay tribute to Arnold Palmer? It's certainly hard to downplay the emotive argument in this case.

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