Longtime Friends Share Stories Of The King
Everybody has one. If you had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Arnold Palmer, even if you only met him a couple of times, you have a story. Some have enough anecdotes to fill door-stopper-sized books. Others have that one nugget that they have shared so many times their families roll their eyes when Arnie’s name comes up.
As the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill kicks off for the third time without him, our team at Global Golf Post+ approached a cross-section of Palmer’s friends with one request: Please tell us one of your favorite Arnold Palmer stories.
Here is what we heard:
Paul Azinger, NBC lead golf analyst who will be in the 18th tower at Bay Hill this week:
“I met Arnold at Bay Hill when I was a 19-year-old college student. He kept up with the decent players from the area, although I wasn’t that good back then. But he treated me like an old friend from the first time I met him.
“I was also lucky enough to play with him several times. In 1987, my first Masters, I scheduled a practice round with him. It was an incredible experience having him out there talking about the golf course and when to play certain shots. We got to the 13th and I hit my tee shot in the left center of the fairway. It was a good lie but also a good distance from the center of the green. I asked Arnold whether or not he would always go for the green from where we were standing. He looked at the shot while I looked at him. Then he turn...
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