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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Honda leaders face daunting final day

By Randall MellFebruary 25, 2018, 12:46 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The winner may need a cut man in his corner more than he needs a caddie on his bag in Sunday’s finish to the Honda Classic.

Smelling salts might come in handy, too.

“It just feels like you are getting punched in the face every single hole here,” Daniel Berger said of the test PGA National’s Champion Course offers. “Every single shot is so hard.”

Final rounds have been especially rough and tumble since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007.

That usually makes Sundays here as much about who can figuratively take a punch as who can throw one.

Luke List will have his jaw tested after taking sole possession of the lead Saturday with a second consecutive round of 4-under-par 66, but he can take comfort in the fact that punishment is doled plentifully around here.

“Just realizing that everyone is facing the same obstacles out there is huge,” List said. “You're not alone out there, if you make a bogey or a bad swing here or there.”

At 7-under 203, List is one shot ahead of a pair of major championship winners, Justin Thomas (65) and Webb Simpson (66). He is two ahead of Tommy Fleetwood (67), the reigning European Tour Player of the Year, and Jamie Lovemark (68).

List, 33, is seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 104th start. He will have to hold off some heavyweights, including Tiger Woods (69), who is seven shots back but feeling like he has a chance again. Woods closed with a 62 here six years ago when he finished second to Rory McIlroy.

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here,” Woods said. “A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.”


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Crazy things have happened here.

Three years ago, Padraig Harrington was five shots down with eight holes to play and won. He made two double bogeys in the final round but ended up beating Berger in a playoff.

Berger, by the way, was nine shots back entering the final round.

That was the year Ian Poulter took a share of lead into Sunday, hit five balls in the water and still finished just a shot out of the playoff.

Last year, Rickie Fowler made four bogeys and a double bogey in the final round and still won by four shots.

List will have a heavyweight playing alongside him in the final pairing, with 24-year-old Justin Thomas looking to claim his eighth PGA Tour title. Thomas was last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year.

List has never held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event.

“You guys build up certain players,” List said. “I know I'll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

There is some inspiration for List in what Ted Potter Jr. did two weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Potter, largely unknown even though he already had a PGA Tour title to his credit, held off stars Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in the final round to win. 

Thomas earned the right to play alongside List in the final pairing Sunday with his 65, which equaled the low round of the tournament.

Thomas makes his home in nearby Jupiter and knows the punishment the Champion Course can dish out.

“It's a difficult course,” Thomas said. “If you let it get to you, it can be frustrating, but if you go into it understanding and realizing it's difficult, you just kind of embrace it and deal with it.”

Thomas played the Bear Trap’s trio of daunting holes (Nos. 15-17) in 2 under on Saturday. He birdied the 15th and 17th holes.

Fleetwood got in contention Saturday with a pair of eagles. He’s a four-time European Tour winner.

“I would love to get my first win on the PGA Tour this week,” he said. “It’s just great to be out here. It's great to be playing on courses like this that are such a test of every part of your game.”

Alex Noren, a nine-time European Tour winner, is also seeking his first PGA Tour title. He is three shots back. He lost in a playoff to Day at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

Though this is just Noren’s second start at the Honda Classic, he knows how wildly momentum can swing on the Champion Course. He shot 65 Saturday after shooting 75 on Friday.

“I’m a few back, but anything can happen,” Noren said.

That’s the theme around here.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”

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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.

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Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.

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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).