There is little doubt that the Open Championship wouldn’t be what it is today without the influence of Arnold Palmer.
It was Palmer who crossed the pond in 1960 and lost to the late Kel Nagle at St. Andrews, only to come back again the following year at Royal Birkdale – this year’s host club – to win his first Open Championship. He would win again in 1962 at Royal Troon, besting Nagle by six strokes to defend his title.
If the tournament proved important to Palmer, it then mattered to just about everyone else. Twelve of the top 20 Americans came over in 1962, a trend that led to the Open Championship’s lofty heights in 2017.
As a tribute to Palmer, MasterCard put together the following short video to honor the King:
The ad will run during the tournament and encourages everyone to use the #ArnieWould hashtag to celebrate his influence in the game.
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