Golf Channel's ARNIE Features 100-Plus Interviews Paying Tribute to Arnold Palmer

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 3, 2014, 6:00 pm


More than 100 notable personalities shared their experiences with Arnold Palmer for Golf Channel’s three-night television event, ARNIE, premiering Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET following Live From the Masters, and continuing through Tuesday, April 15. The production team responsible for ARNIE, whichhas a collective 36 Emmy Awards, spent the past year gathering interviews, and also sat down with Arnold Palmer to capture the recollections of his remarkable life. The documentary will air with limited commercial interruptions, backed by the support of Insperity and Callaway Golf.

Actor and producer Tom Selleck, star of more than 50 film and television roles, has signed on to narrate the three-part documentary film.  He will help tell the story of the legions of Palmer’s fans affectionately known as “Arnie’s Army,” including Hollywood celebrities, professional golfers, U.S. presidents, sporting icons, journalists and business leaders – along with family and friends who helped shape Palmer’s life as a young man growing up in Latrobe, Pa. 

Notables among the more than 100 interviews (complete list below):

Leaders – U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, Royal & Ancient Golf Club Chief Executive Peter Dawson, business entrepreneur Donald Trump, Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnston, Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation President Michael Landes.

Golf – Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Sir Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Billy Casper, Ben Crenshaw, Annika Sorenstam and Lanny Wadkins, as well as current PGA TOUR stars Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan to name a few; USGA historian Michael Trostel, and golf broadcasters Peter Alliss and Jack Whitaker.

Pop Culture & Sports –Actor Kurt Russell, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton, NFL star Peyton Manning, broadcaster Al Michaels, Major League Baseball icons Johnny Bench, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Joe Torre.

Family & Friends – Wife Kit Palmer; sisters Sandy Sarni and Lois Jean Tilley; brother Jerry Palmer; daughters Amy Palmer Saunders and Peg Palmer; longtime personal assistant Doc Giffin and Russ Meyer, business advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Cessna Aircraft Company.

ARNIE: 3-Part Golf Channel Event

  • Arnie & His Army

Sunday, April 13, 10 p.m. ET (following Live From the Masters)

  • Arnie & His Majors

Monday, April 14, 10 p.m. ET

  • Arnie & His Legacy

Tuesday, April 15, 10 p.m. ET


Interview List:

Geano Agostino

Member, Latrobe   Country Club

Dr. Gregor Alexander

Neonatologist, Winnie   Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Peter Alliss

BBC Golf Commentator

Dave Anderson

Award-winning   journalist, New York Times

Al Barkow

Former   editor-in-chief, Golf Magazine

Johnny Bench

Former major league   baseball player / Hall-of-Famer

Randy Bisi

Head golf   professional, Latrobe Country Club

Dave Bockorny

Chairman & CEO,   Bockorny Group

Sir Michael Bonallack

5-Time British Amateur   Champion

John Bozard

President, Arnold   Palmer Medical Center Foundation

Brad Brewer

Author, “Mentored By   The King”

Cori Britt

Vice president, Arnold   Palmer Enterprises

George W. Bush

43rd President, United   States

Billy Casper

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Hollis Cavner

Executive Director 3M   Championship / CEO, Prolinks Sports

Bobby Clampett

Former PGA TOUR   professional

Bill Clinton

42nd President, United   States

Ben Crenshaw

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1984, 1995 Masters Champion

Peter Dawson

Chief executive,   R&A

Frank Demeo

Former executive   director, March of Dimes

Jaime Diaz

Editor-in-chief, Golf   World

James Dodson

Author, “Arnold   Palmer: A Golfer's Life”

Bob Drum

Former golf writer, Pittsburgh   Press

Suzie Eiseman

Friend/neighbor to   Arnold Palmer

Sir Nick Faldo

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 6-time major champion

John Feinstein

Award-winning author,   sports writer

Richard Ferris

Co-chairman, Pebble Beach Company

Bill Fields

Senior editor, Golf   World

Tim Finchem

Commissioner, PGA TOUR

Dow Finsterwald

Former PGA TOUR   professional, finished T-3 in 1960 U.S. Open

Bob Ford

Director of golf,   Oakmont Country Club

Harry Frye

Former staff photographer,   Latrobe Bulletin

Robert Garrigus

PGA TOUR professional

Doc Giffin

Arnold Palmer's   administrative assistant

Marty Hackel

Fashion director, Golf   Digest

Gil Hanse

Golf course architect

Ken (Hawk) Harrelson

Commentator, Chicago   White Sox / former major league baseball player

Dr. Nathan O. Hatch

President, Wake Forest   University

Thomas Hauser

Author, “Arnold   Palmer: A Personal Journey”

Angela Howe

Director, British Golf   Museum

Hale Irwin

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Peter Jacobsen

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel

Don January

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1967 PGA Championship winner

Gordon Jeffrey

Former captain, Royal   Birkdale Golf Club

Dan Jenkins

Author, sportswriter -   Sports Illustrated, Fort Worth Press

Rand Jerris

Managing director   public services, USGA

Alastair Johnston

CEO, Arnold Palmer   Enterprises

Rees Jones

Golf course architect

Gary Koch

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel

Michael Landes

President, Eisenhower   Medical Center Foundation

Rich Lerner

Host/commentator, Golf   Channel

Nancy Lopez

Former LPGA Tour   professional, 3-time major champion

Davis Love III

PGA TOUR professional,   1997 PGA Championship winner

Pete Luster

Arnold Palmer's   co-pilot

John Mahaffey

Former PGA TOUR   professional / analyst, Golf Channel

Hunter Mahan

PGA TOUR professional

Roger Maltbie

Former PGA TOUR   professional / on course reporter NBC / Golf Channel

Peyton Manning

Super Bowl champion   NFL Quarterback

Rob Marciano

Executive VP, chief   sales and marketing officer, Arizona Beverage Company

Dave Marr

Commentator, Golf   Channel

Terry McCann

Director of   operations, City Brewery Latrobe

Graeme McDowell

PGA TOUR professional,   2010 U.S. Open champion

Rocco Mediate

PGA TOUR professional,   paired with Arnold Palmer in 1994 U.S. Open

Russ Meyer

Chairman emeritus,   Cessna Aircraft Company

Al Michaels

NBC Sports commentator

Phil Mickelson

PGA TOUR professional,   5-time major champion

Johnny Miller

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1973 U.S. Open champion  /   lead analyst, NBC Golf

Gabe Monzo

Executive director,   Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

Tim Neher

Friend to Arnold   Palmer / former president, Seminole Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 18-time major champion

Greg Norman

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Andy North

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Jim O'Brien

Attended 1960 U.S.   Open

Ian O'Connor

Author, “Arnie &   Jack”

Geoff Ogilvy

PGA TOUR professional,   2006 U.S. Open champion

Arnold Palmer

Documentary subject

Jerry Palmer

Arnold Palmer's   brother

Kit Palmer

Arnold Palmer's wife

Amy Palmer Saunders

Arnold Palmer's   daughter

Peg Palmer

Arnold Palmer's   daughter

Gary Player

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 9-time major champion

Nick Price

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 3-time major champion

Dana Quigley

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 11-time Champions Tour winner

Tom Ridge

Former secretary of   homeland security / Pennsylvania governor

Chris Rodell


Justin Rose

PGA TOUR professional,   2013 U.S. Open champion

Kurt Russell


Sandy Sarni

Arnold Palmer's sister

Sam Saunders

Arnold Palmer's   grandson

Ron Sirak

Executive editor, Golf   World / senior writer, Golf Digest

Brandt Snedeker

PGA TOUR professional

Annika Sorenstam

Former LPGA Tour professional,   10-time major champion

Matthew Squire

Publisher &   founder, KINGDOM Magazine

Dave Stockton

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Curtis Strange

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion

Dan Sullivan

Friend to  Arnold Palmer, fellow pilot

Kathy Swanson

President, Arnold   Palmer Medical Center

Judy Swigart

Superintendent,   Greater Latrobe school district

Kelly Tilghman

Host/commentator, Golf   Channel

Lois Jean   "Cheech" Tilley

Arnold Palmer's sister

Joe Torre

Former major league   baseball player/manager

Lee Trevino

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 6-time major champion

Steve Trivett

Sports writer, The   Villages Daily Sun

Michael Trostel

Curator/historian,   USGA Museum

Donald Trump

Chairman & CEO,   The Trump Organization

Kate Upton

Model, actress

Andy Wada

Commentator, Golf   Channel (Japan)

Lanny Wadkins

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 1977 PGA Championship winner /    analyst, Golf Channel

Tom Watson

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 8-time major champion

Ron Wellman

Athletics director,   Wake Forest University

Jack Whitaker

Award-winning sports
  commentator, CBS Sports

Dunlop White III

Chairman, Old Town   Club (Winston Salem, NC)

Dan Whitney (Larry the   Cable Guy)

Founder, Git-R-Done   Foundation

Tiger Woods

PGA TOUR professional,   14-time major champion

Fuzzy Zoeller

Former PGA TOUR   professional, 2-time major champion



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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Jordan Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

Dismissed because he’s supposedly too short off the tee, or not accurate enough with his irons, or just a streaky putter, Jordan Spieth is almost never the answer to the question of which top player, when he’s at his best, would win in a head-to-head match.

And yet here he is, at the age of 24, with 11 career wins and three majors, on a pace that compares favorably with the giants of the game. He might not possess the firepower of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but since he burst onto the PGA Tour in 2013 he has all that matters – a better résumé.

Spieth took the next step in his development this year by becoming the Tour’s best iron player – and its most mentally tough.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Just a great putter? Oh, puhleeze: He won three times despite putting statistics (42nd) that were his worst since his rookie year. Instead, he led the Tour in strokes gained-approach the green and this summer showed the discipline, golf IQ and bounce-back ability that makes him such a unique talent. 

Even with his putter misbehaving, Spieth closed out the Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot in the playoff, then, in perhaps an even bigger surprise, perfectly executed the player-caddie celebration, chest-bumping caddie Michael Greller. A few weeks later, sublime iron play carried him into the lead at Royal Birkdale, his first in a major since his epic collapse at the 2016 Masters.

Once again his trusty putter betrayed him, and by the time he arrived on the 13th tee, he was tied with Matt Kuchar. What happened next was the stuff of legend – a lengthy ruling, gutsy up-and-down, stuffed tee shot and go-get-that putt – that lifted Spieth to his third major title.

Though he couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam at the PGA, he’ll likely have, oh, another two decades to join golf’s most exclusive club.

In the barroom debate of best vs. best, you can take the guys with the flair, with the booming tee shots and the sky-high irons. Spieth will just take the trophies.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."