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HGLesishmanwins.jpgHost and Producer of The Golf Insiders, Holly G, is in the studio with Co-Host Will Perry. Tonight’s show is abbreviated to 30 minutes due to UCF men’s basketball team continuing its run in the NIT tournament and preempting the Golf Insiders time slot. There will be an extra Golf Insiders show Thursday night from 6-7 p.m.

The show is sponsored by Shot-Navi, Japan’s #1 Golf GPS, and is also the product of the month. www.ShotNavi.net

Holly and Will talk about Marc Leishman’s win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and his wife’s medical issues over the past couple of years.

The duo also discuss Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and other players who were in the mix for the API title and what happened to them down the stretch.

Holly breaks the news that Jason Day was to withdraw from the WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play as his mother, who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and will undergo surgery Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

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PalmerStatue.jpgHost and Producer of The Golf Insiders, Holly G, is in the studio with Co-Host Will Perry talking about the special bonus coverage of the Arnold Palmer Invitational brought to you by Shot Navi., Japan's #1 Golf GPS.

In the first segment Holly and Will catch listeners up on some of the highlights of the first day of the tournament. Will and Holly G chat later in the show with Marci Doyle, Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament Director; Jeff Babineau, Golfweek; and Damon Hack from The Golf Channel's Morning Drive. 

Marci Doyle, API Tournament Director, joins Holly and Will and shares the news that presenting sponsor MasterCard extending their relationship with the tournament for the next four years; Hertz will be the associate sponsor for four years and Orlando Health has come aboard as an associate sponsor for four years. The tournament's purse has increased to $8.7 million and the winners now get a 3-year Tour exemption.

Marci added it has really been a celebration this week with so many of the players coming out and showing their support and pay tribute to Mr. Palmer.  Also the fan experience has really improved with general public seating on 7 of 18 greens, concessions and restrooms upgraded, and selling of Arnie's Army T-shirts that benefit the charity.

Jeff Babineau, Golfweek, calls in to discuss the API and the condition of the course as well as how the tournament has been going so far. 

Damon Hack, The Golf Channel, wraps up the show sharing Golf Channel's wall to wall coverage of the API and how this year it is a celebration of life.  Damon and Holly also talk about the players and what they are doing this week to honor Mr. Palmer.  

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PODCAST NOTE: Listeners can tune in to iHeart Radio 740 The Game or listen in the Orlando area on FM 96.9 Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. to hear The Golf Insiders live. Add The Golf Insiders podcast to your iPhone as an app. Click here and go to the bottom of the device's screen to create the "Quick Launch" icon for the Golf Insiders. Once you've done this it will add The Golf Insiders podcast as an App to your home screen. 

arnold_palmerMJ.jpgIn the first segment of this week's show, Holly G, Host and Producer of The Golf Insiders, along with Co-Host Will Perry are in the studio for the start of season 9. Special week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The special sponsor for this show is Shot Navi, Japan’s #1 Golf GPS.

PGA Tour player Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, and 35 players hit the ceremonial tee shots one after the other to start the tournament.

Holly spoke with Saunders right after the opening ceremony and asked him what this week means to him as so many have come out to honor his grandfather.

“Obviously so special … out here all these pros here making the effort to come out and pay tribute to my grandfather … that means the world to me and I know it meant the world to him. He’s looking down and smiling at all of us.

Holly asked him what it would mean for him to win this tournament.

“I can’t really put that into words. To be honest, I’d rather win this tournament this week than any one throughout my entire career.  It would be so special. And I’m going to do my very best to try and make him proud.”

Holly mentioned an event last night that MasterCard announced that it is extending its sponsorship of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The purse has also increased to $8.7 million for the 120-player field. A 3 year winner’s exemption over the standard two years. Also the implementation of Arnie’s Army charitable foundation as the host organization.

Holly also spoke with PGA Tour champion Brandt Snedeker about how he met Mr. Palmer. Tried to get 5 minutes with him and ended up talking with him for two hours about anything.

There will probably be another person like him.

He had that gift and I don’t think I’ve met anyone else like him … and I’ve met some people who are unbelievable, like Bill Clinton who had the same kind of quality that when you walk into a room  when he spoke to people to make them feel comfortable and that I

Holly asked Snedeker who has a connection with MasterCard what it would mean to him to win this event.

“It would be a huge moment in my career. It would probably be the highlight of my career at this point. Just because of what Arnold meant to me personally and what his legacy is to the game of golf. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him than to go out here and try to win this week for him knowing what kind of relationship we had.

Snedeker is going to play the first two round with Saunders this week and looks to help him out.

Holly spoke with Annika Sorenstam at the Arnold Palmer Invitational too. She asked Annika what it meant to be a part of this event?

“It means a lot to be a part of this,” she said. “What Mr. Palmer has started … he has really changed golf. Just to be able to come here and continue his passion for the game … he’s touched so many people … he’s had such an impact and we have to continue … I feel like we owe him this, to continue this and I am very proud to be a part of the tournament in a little way.”

In the second segment of this week's show, Holly G, Host and Producer of The Golf Insiders, along with Co-Host Will Perry are in the studio for the start of season 9. Special week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The special kickoff sponsor for this show is Shot Navi, Japan’s #1 Golf GPS.

Preview show with another show tomorrow night, Thursday, between 6-7 p.m. 

Bob Harig, ESPN.com, calls in from the API press center to talk and give his thoughts about this tournament.

It's a little bit odd, the news conference today took place at the same time that Arnie would usually do his. Obviously he couldn't do it last year.  Always in the past it was always a highlight to get his thoughts.

There are some concerns going forward and how the tournament will fare. There are so many factors involved. The four majors and Jack and Arnie's tournaments. That has changed with the WGC events, the FedEx Cup playoffs. There are so many events to choose from and the players can't play them all.

Holly asks Bob who he thinks in this field has a chance to win? Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler or defending champ Jason Day. Bob likes Stenson a lot. He's always in contention at this event. 

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PODCAST NOTE: Listeners can tune in to iHeart Radio 740 The Game or listen in the Orlando area on FM 96.9 Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. to hear The Golf Insiders live. Add The Golf Insiders podcast to your iPhone as an app. Click here and go to the bottom of the device's screen to create the "Quick Launch" icon for the Golf Insiders. Once you've done this it will add The Golf Insiders podcast as an App to your home screen. 

In the second segment of this week's show, Holly G, Host and Producer of The Golf Insiders, along with Co-Host Will Perry are in the studio for the start of season 9. Special week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The special kickoff sponsor for this show is Shot Navi, Japan’s #1 Golf GPS.

Preview show with another show tomorrow night, Thursday, between 6-7 p.m. 

Bob Harig, ESPN.com, calls in from the API press center to talk and give his thoughts about this tournament.

It's a little bit odd, the news conference today took place at the same time that Arnie would usually do his. Obviously he couldn't do it last year.  Always in the past it was always a highlight to get his thoughts.

There are some concerns going forward and how the tournament will fare. There are so many factors involved. The four majors and Jack and Arnie's tournaments. That has changed with the WGC events, the FedEx Cup playoffs. There are so many events to choose from and the players can't play them all.

Holly asks Bob who he thinks in this field has a chance to win? Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler or defending champ Jason Day. Bob likes Stenson a lot. He's always in contention at this event. 

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