22 Mar 2012

Arnold Palmer disappointed by absentees

8:28 am on 22 March 2012

The legendary American golfer Arnold Palmer has expressed his disappointment at the world's top players, particularly Rory McIlroy, who have opted not to play in his annual PGA tour event, starting tomorrow at Bay Hill in Florida.

While Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will headline the $7 million event, the top six ranked players in the world, mostly non-Americans, are all absent from the second to last event before next month's Masters.

Palmer said he was especially disappointed that McIlroy, the reigning U.S. Open champion wasn't playing as he'd had a letter from him seeking a consultation, but also saying he wouldn't be entering this week's event.

But 82 year old Palmer also spoke glowingly about 22 year old McIlroy's game and the mature way he conducts himself.