The Post’s Steve Eubanks, a man who spent many days with Arnold Palmer, said it best.
“Nine days after Arnold’s death, I’ve had time to figure out why he was so great and what legacy he leaves behind,” Eubanks said. “He was the perfect American — blue-collar upbringing, became wildly successful, stayed humble almost to the point of embarrassment, loved and respected people, and spent the last half of his life giving back in immeasurable ways. Anyone who wants to know how to honor the man: you can be competitive and successful and still be extraordinarily kind; you can, no matter how much you achieve, deflect every moment to those around you; you can abhor rudeness; you can show dignity in every action and be uncompromising in matters of decorum. That’s it. Now go and live like Arnie.”
Palmer’s life is being honored today in Latrobe, Pa., at St. Vincent Basilica where many of the game’s most important figures will be speaking.