Arnold Palmer – as the world pays tribute and grieve the loss of an icon, we thank the legend Arnold Palmer for what he brought to the game of golf and to those who revere him still.
A poignant image of Arnold Palmer on the Swilcan Bridge
1995 in St Andrews was his last appearance, the year Palmer played the Open Championship for the final time.
In 1960 having won The Masters and the U.S Open, Palmer fell one stroke short of claiming the British Open title. All was not lost as he won the Claret Jug in 1961 at Royal Birkdale and again in 1962 at Troon. How fitting The Open was played at Royal Troon this year and Royal Birkdale host the 147th Open in 2017.
On the Old Course at St Andrews: “This is the origin of the game, golf in it’s purest form, and it’s still played that way on a course seemingly untouched by time. Every time I play here, it reminds me that this is still a game”.
Home of Golf
Palmer’s association with the Home of Golf, St Andrews goes further than 18th green on the Old Course, however.
In 2010, along with Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington, Palmer was awarded an honorary Degree from the oldest University in Scotland, the University of St Andrews. These were presented in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the game of golf. A proud moment.
It’s not the only ‘Big Three’ that Arnold Palmer has been a part of. The Big Three are famously known worldwide as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and of course Arnold Palmer. The name was first adopted in the 1960s due to the threesomes dominance in the world of golf and has since become a trademark legend.
Another of Arnie’s quotes “I was mixing iced tea and lemonade in my kitchen since as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until some time in the early 1960s that it became associated with me publicly”.
And if you would like to raise a glass to celebrate the life of Arnold Palmer, then the alcoholic version is a John Daly, winner of The Open 1995!