When Arnold Palmer stops to sign an autograph ' which is often ' hell look at you as if maybe hes seen you somewhere before, or maybe met your uncle or your dad or a friend of yours.
Funny thing is, he just may have. After all, has any star through the years connected with more people more easily than Arnold Palmer?
Has any man possessed the combination, underline COMBINATION, of skill AND personality more potently than Arnold Palmer?
Has anyone whos ever profited so handsomely from this game looked more apt to play it for free simply because they love it so much than Arnold Palmer?
Arnold Palmers wins always felt like our wins. That moment when he hurled his visor to the crowd at Cherry Hills, after hed roared back to take the 1960 U.S. Open, stands among the most jubilant in golf history. Its replayed so often because it represents the sweet joy of victory owned not solely by the player, but shared with an adoring public. Golfs greatest competitions are just glorified money matches without galleries. And nobody loved galleries, and was so loved back, as Arnold Palmer.
Age loses to no man ultimately. That match, if it could be called one, is sometimes uncomfortable to witness when the man was at once so strong and invulnerable.
Fortunately, people who play this game, those people who still come out to say hello to him and who have always loved Arnie - his style, his generosity of spirit - those people get it. They know that in the end, in golf, the things that last long after the putts stop falling are a genuine love for the sport and a good, friendly personality. With those, you can always get a game.
Of course, Arnie has never, ever been afraid of a good fight. He gave age a swift kick in the behind at last years Bob Hope. Yeah, the score on the card on the fourth day of a PGA Tour event read the same as the one on his birth certificate - 71! Not bad.
But not great in Arnies eyes. Naturally, he was disappointed that it wasnt 68, disappointed that he didnt make the cut, disappointed that hes not shooting par more often. Thats how the great ones are. But its also how most people who play this game are. Trying to get better, trying to knock a couple of strokes off with one little adjustment. And so it is with Arnie. Hes at once great, and ordinary. Uncommon and common, in all the right ways.
In the wake of prostate cancer surgery as well as the passing of his beloved wife, Winnie, Arnold Palmer wrote in his autobiography that he had so much more to accomplish in life.
He wrote, too, that theres something magical about finishing a round in the dusk, as hed done so often as a boy growing up in Latrobe, Pa.
Hes never stopped playing that magical round. His fans have never tired of watching. And theres still plenty of sunlight left in the day. Who knows, maybe we could get in another 18?
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18