WATCH: Golfers salute Arnold Palmer with honorary tee shots at Bay Hill

Golfers lined the driving range at Bay Hill on Wednesday for a pre-tournament tribute to The King, Arnold Palmer. Led by his grandson Sam Saunders, a bevy of PGA Tour players hit consecutive, mesmerizing drives to honor the man this tournament is named after.

“We’re all here in a way because of him and it’s such a special week and the players are all here to pay tribute to that,” Saunders said. “I’ve been so personally touched by everyone that has come here. It is a selfless thing to come and play in this event this week and guys are really making an effort to not make it about them, they’re here from their heart.”

You can tell how affected a lot of the players are this week just from talking to them about the man who ushered this sport into the modern era. The short, fitting range ceremony was a perfect way to salute Palmer.

There will also be an umbrella and a golf bag set up for Palmer on the range all week.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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