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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Twice winner Kizzire on missing U.S. Open: 'Fuel to my fire'

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:59 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Based on recent form, there likely wasn’t a more decorated player watching last week’s U.S. Open from home than Patton Kizzire.

Kizzire is in the midst of a breakthrough season that has already included two wins: a maiden victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November, and a marathon playoff triumph over James Hahn at the Sony Open in January. While those titles got him into the Masters and the PGA Championship, they didn’t mean an exemption to Shinnecock Hills.

Kizzire got as high as 51st in the world rankings after his win in Honolulu, but his game started to turn shortly thereafter. A T-12 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship is his lone top-25 finish in 12 starts since his Sony victory, and he missed four straight cuts from the Masters to The Players Championship.

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The U.S. Open grants exemptions to the top 60 in the world at two different cutoff points close to the tournament. But in the midst of a cold streak, Kizzire was 63rd and 65th at each of those deadlines. He attempted to earn a spot at sectional qualifying in Columbus, only to find that his score of 5 under was one shot too many.

“I guess just adding a little fuel to my fire, adding insult to injury,” Kizzire said. “Just to have narrowly missed several different ways of qualification was disappointing. But I just tried to spin it as a positive. I got two weeks off, and I did watch those guys struggle a little bit. I wasn’t struggling at home, we’ll just say that.”

Kizzire hopes to put the disappointment behind him this week at the Travelers Championship, where he finished T-53 a year ago. And while his pair of trophies didn’t get him a tee time last week – or guarantee him a berth in The Open next month – they put him in prime position to make the season-ending Tour Championship, which would mean spots in the first three majors of 2019.

The combination of two recent wins and a ranking outside the top 60 isn’t one that comes up often on Tour, but Kizzire maintains a balanced perspective as he looks to get back to playing the kind of golf that will ensure he doesn’t miss any more majors in the near future.

“If I would have played better in between the U.S. Open and my last win, I would have gotten in. So my play was the reason I wasn’t in,” Kizzire said. “You certainly could look at it and say, ‘This guy’s got two wins, he should be in.’ But I’m not making too much of it.”

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Masters, Players and U.S. Open champs grouped at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:50 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Fresh off a second straight U.S. Open victory, Brooks Koepka is getting right back to work at the Travelers Championship.

Koepka has stood by his commitment to tee it up at TPC River Highlands, becoming the first U.S. Open champ to play the following week on the PGA Tour since Justin Rose played the Travelers after his 2013 win at Merion. Koepka will play the first two rounds alongside Masters champ Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, who captured The Players Championship last month.

Here’s a look at some of the other marquee, early-round groupings for a star-studded field outside Hartford (all times ET):

7:50 a.m. Thursday, 12:50 p.m. Friday: Jason Day, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger

Day is making his second straight Travelers appearance, having missed the cut both last year in Cromwell and last week at Shinnecock Hills. He’ll be joined by reigning Rookie of the Year Schauffele and Berger, who took home ROY honors in 2015 and last year was on the losing end of Jordan Spieth’s playoff dramatics at this event.

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8 a.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday: Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson

Koepka is making his third tournament appearance overall, but his first since a T-9 finish in 2016, before he had either of his two U.S. Open trophies. Reed has become a regular at this event and enters off a fourth-place showing on Long Island, while Simpson cruised to victory last month at TPC Sawgrass and tied for 10th last week.

12:50 p.m. Thursday, 7:50 a.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Russell Knox

This was the tournament that turned things around last year for Spieth, who took home the title in his debut thanks to one of the most dramatic shots of the year in a playoff against Berger. He’ll start his title defense alongside a pair of past champs, as Leishman won here for his first Tour title back in 2012 and Knox was a winner two years ago when the tournament was played in August.

1 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas

This group should get plenty of attention in the early rounds, with Thomas entering as the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 and joined a pair of players who will launch drives all across TPC River Highlands. Watson has feasted on this layout, winning in both 2010 and 2015 among five top-10 finishes, while McIlroy tied for 17th last year in his tournament debut but missed the cut last week at Shinnecock.

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Travelers Championship: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2018, 5:30 pm

There will be plenty of star power this week in Hartford as the PGA Tour moves north for the Travelers Championship. Here is the key info for this week's event.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3:30-6:30PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3:30-6:30PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $7 million

Course: TPC River Highlands (par 70, 6,841 yards)

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth. Defeated Daniel Berger with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Missed last two cuts (the Memorial, U.S. Open) entering this week

• 188th on PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting (4th in strokes gained: tee to green)

• Only player to win Travelers Championship back-to-back: Phil Mickelson (2001-02)

Brooks Koepka

• Making third career start in Travelers Championship (last start: T-9 in 2016)

• First player to play Travelers week after U.S. Open win since 2013 (Justin Rose)

• First player to win U.S. Open back-to-back since 1988-89 (Curtis Strange)

Justin Thomas

• Fifth career start in this event (MC, T-3, MC last three years)

• Second on PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: tee to green (+1.49)

Rory McIlroy

• Second career start in Travelers Championship (T-17 last year)

• Missed cut last week at U.S. Open (shot 80 in opening round)

Jason Day

• Fourth career start in Travelers Championship (best finish: T-18 in 2014)

• Leads PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting this season

Patrick Reed

• Earned second-most world ranking points of any player in 2018

• Finished fourth at U.S. Open last week (three shots behind Koepka)

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Day 'disappointed' in USGA's handling of course, Phil

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:16 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Jason Day had the weekend off following a missed cut at the U.S. Open, but that didn’t prevent the Aussie from keeping an eye on all the drama that unfolded at Shinnecock Hills.

The former world No. 1 found it “disappointing,” – with “it” being both the deterioration of a major championship setup and the fallout from Phil Mickelson’s putter slap during the third round.

Day is hoping to bounce back from an early exit at this week’s Travelers Championship, but before turning his attention to TPC River Highlands he shared that the brunt of his disappointment stemmed from the USGA’s inability to keep Shinnecock playable during the third round and their subsequent decision to water it down for the tournament’s conclusion.

“It’s more the course, about how they set it up. Because Saturday was a total, it was like two different golf courses, practically, on the greens Saturday versus Sunday,” Day said. “I just wish they would leave it alone and just let it go. Not saying to let the greens go and let them dry out and make it unfair, I’m just saying plan accordingly and hopefully whatever the score finishes, it finishes, whether it’s under par or over par.”

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But Day’s frustration also tied back to Mickelson’s head-turning decision to hit a moving ball on the 13th green during the third round, and the USGA’s subsequent ruling that the actions merited a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.

“It’s obviously disappointing to see what Phil did,” he said. “I think a lot of people have mixed reviews about what he did.”

USGA officials explained over the weekend that Mickelson’s actions explicitly fell under Rule 14-5, which called for a two-shot addition and turned his score of 8 into a 10, rather than Rule 1-2 or Rule 33-7 that could have resulted in disqualification for a “serious breach” of the rules.

Day felt it was unfortunate that all of Saturday’s drama deflected attention from a world-class performance from Brooks Koepka en route to a successful title defense, but when it comes to the handling of the Mickelson controversy he believes the USGA could have made good use of a mulligan.

“It’s just unfortunate that it happened at the USGA’s tournament, where they enforce the rules, like the R&A. And I think they may have, they probably should have enforced a different outcome for Phil,” Day said. “But it is what it is. It’s done. It’s just disappointing that that is overshadowing the winner of the whole week. I think if they had it back again, they may have chosen a different outcome.”