Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – The Arnold Palmer Invitational is an event close to Ian Poulter’s home and even closer to his heart.
Two of his children – Lily and Josh – were born at the Winnie Palmer Hospital, a permanent reminder of Palmer’s enduring legacy.
Poulter shared a close relationship with the late Palmer, who once signed a $100 bill for the Englishman as a keepsake. That was until Poulter noticed it was gone. His wife had spent it.
“She didn’t realize it was signed by Arnie, so it’s out there somewhere,” Poulter said Wednesday in advance of the Honda Classic. “But I had to go to the office to get another one done.
“(She probably spent it) in Publix to be honest,” Poulter said. “She probably went to get some groceries. But it was shock and horror when I actually did go in there to put it in the frame. You can imagine what I said.”
Palmer had no problem rectifying the situation.
“I phoned up and I said, ‘I’m really sorry, but is there any chance I could pop in and get Arnie to sign another hundred?’
“He said ‘Of course. Of course, Ian.’ Drove to his office and he signed another hundred.”
There are now two $100 bills – one signed by Palmer and one signed by Jack Nicklaus – sitting in a frame in Poulter’s office.
As for the original $100 bill signed by Palmer? Hopefully the cashier likes golf.