Arnold Palmer will make a special appearance as a presenter during the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Nov. 2 in St. Augustine, Fla., Hall of Fame officials announced Tuesday.
Seve Ballesteros is expected to be a presenter via a videotaped message.
Palmer will speak on behalf of Dwight D. Eishenhower, the 34th president of the United States, who died in 1969. Eisenhower will be inducted along with Jose Maria Olazabal, Lanny Wadkins and Christy O’Connor. Palmer and Eisenhower were friends.
Ballesteros, fighting to recover from brain cancer, will present Olazabal. CBS announcer Jim Nantz will present Wadkins and Christy O’Connor Jr. will present his uncle.
“I couldn’t be more proud of anything than having the honor of presenting President Eisenhower at this year’s Induction Ceremony,” Palmer said in a statement released by Hall of Fame officials. “He was a great American whom I admired very much and was fortunate enough to have as a close friend. I think it’s wonderful that he is being recognized on this level for the many contributions he made to the game. President Eisenhower received many honors in his life, but I think he would have really enjoyed this one.”
Ballesteros said in a statement: “It is fantastic knowing that Jose Maria will become a member of the Hall of Fame. He deserves it for all he has done and is still doing for golf. I am very happy for him as a professional, but it makes me happier for him as a person. He really deserves to be there. He means a lot to me. He is one of my best friends, and I have had the honor of sharing with him many different moments in our lives. He has been by my side in the good times and in the not so very good times, and I will always be there for him. Provided I am unable to be physically there [at the ceremony], believe me that my heart and thoughts will be with you all. José María, welcome to the Hall of Fame, my friend.”
The ceremony will be aired on Golf Channel on Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. (ET).
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