Sam Saunders doesn’t want to trade on his grandfather’s name, but it was hard for Arnold Palmer’s grandson to not live directly in the spotlight this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Saunders delivered a touching eulogy of Palmer at his funeral service last October, and he represented the Palmer family inside the ropes at Bay Hill, drawing Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker as Thursday-Friday playing partners.
ON THE TEE: Sam Saunders carries memories of grandfather Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill
Saunders is making his sixth start in the invitational named after Arnold Palmer, his grandfather, and was within range of the leader after the first round.
Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson, shot a 7-under 64 in warm conditions Thursday to take the first-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship.
Arnold Palmer grandson Sam Saunders shoots 7-under 64 to take Barbasol Championship lead