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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 51                                                         
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Everyone knew Arnold, especially when I was growing up, I grew up with five channels in a turn dial bloody TV back then with little bunny ears. Wasn't really where we could grow up and have the technology and especially I guess the capability of seeing what Arnold has accomplished in his career. I think the biggest thing is the impact is that he's impacted the generation after him which impacted the generation after them and then impacted us. So, without his innovation to the game with how he was on the golf course and how he was off the golf course, giving back to charity and how giving he was, there may not be a Greg Norman or a Faldo or Seve. There may not be a Tiger Woods or, you know, a Phil Mickelson and may not be a Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, myself or Rickie Fowler. Without influential people such as the King, there may be a few less golfers in this world today because he did have a huge impact on what golfers or how people looked at golf because, let's be honest, it's kind of a nerdy sport, it really is. It's not like you're out there beating each other up on the football field or something. Walking around, chasing a little white golf ball. Unfortunately that's just how it is and don't get me wrong, we all enjoy. Arnold Palmer made golf sexy.”

BRAIN TEASER:  How many career PGA TOUR victories and majors did Arnold Palmer have?

THE KING: To honor the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, golfing greats Peter Jacobsen, Graeme McDowell, Annika Sorenstam and Curtis Strange will join former Secretary of Homeland Security and Palmer friend Tom Ridge as hosts of the 39th Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

In addition to a special ceremony on Wednesday, March 15th, the tournament plans to honor Mr. Palmer with all new photo spots and signage throughout the course, with each telling a unique story about his accomplishments and influence in the game. Mr. Palmer’s golf cart and clubs will be on display overlooking the 16th green during competition days, his favorite spot to watch the tournament and greet players and fans.

AN INSIDER PERSPECTIVE: Prior to the start of the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational, then Commissioner Tim Finchem shared his thoughts and feelings on the man many will undoubtedly miss this week. “Without question, Arnold Palmer has been the most dynamic, impact-full player in the history of the game on a lot of different levels,” said Finchem. “In the mid 1950s my father, who was a marine sergeant, took me to Wilmington, North Carolina where I watched Arnold Palmer finish second. A year or two later he won the Masters and I was a golf fan for life.

“What I didn't know was that that win and his partnership with, in the minds of the fans with Augusta National and CBS, would lead to 50 years of steady, unbridled growth of this sport domestically and globally.

“Ten years later I was in college, I paid some interest to the fact that Arnold had teamed up with Jack Nicklaus and others to break away from the PGA America and start what was the PGA TOUR. In those days I had no idea that that would be in my future.

“In 1987 I began working with the PGA TOUR first in Washington and then in Florida and I got to know Arnold and it wasn't until two, three years into that period that I fully understood the impact that this man has had on so much of what is the game of golf, building hundreds of golf courses, leading the way with the marketing platform that players today pretty much take for granted but use to their great benefit. That was all Arnold Palmer.

“And along the way he decided to build a golf tournament here in Orlando which is now the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The golf course he designed to host that tournament, if you look at it and watch the play, you can see Arnold Palmer all over it. It's risk/reward, it's tough conditions, it's made to order for an Arnold Palmer-type player. And that's what makes it a very exciting.”

GAME CHANGER? An interesting business model in progress? TeeOff.com has announced the elimination of booking fees. It first debuted the promotion in its app in November 2016 and now is extending the No Booking Fee convenience to all TeeOff.com platforms – online, app and on the phone. “TeeOff.com invites golfers to book their next tee time without booking fees,” said Gary Cohen, chief executive officer, EZLinks Golf – developers of TeeOff.com, a PGA TOUR affiliated company.  “We are eliminating the hurdle to online reservations and fulfilling our commitment to golfers and golf courses to make it as easy as possible for golfers to book their next round. Whether you book one round or every round on TeeOff.com by PGA TOUR, your booking fee will be free,” Cohen said.

“The PGA TOUR chose to enter the online tee time marketplace, through an affiliate investment in EZLinks Golf, to further our commitment to growing the game,” said Ty Votaw, chief marketing officer, PGA TOUR. “We believe no booking fees will contribute to this mission and will appeal to a new generation of golfers who are used to buying most everything online without the added expense of fees.”

WEB GEMS:

LOGISTICS: Already the smallest field among majors, the Masters is shrinking the field for the Par 3 Contest. READ MORE>>>

CARRYING ON: Sam Saunders had a unique relationship with Palmer, whom he affectionately called 'Dumpy.' Saunders, who now plays on the PGA TOUR, was his grandson. He admits that he once struggled with growing up in his grandfather’s shadow, but now enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to continue his legacy. Saunders, 29, has conditional status on the PGA TOUR and will return to Bay Hill this week to compete in his eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational. As a child, Saunders sold lemonade along Bay Hill's 18th hole to raise money for the hospital that bears his grandfather's name. He was the club champion while in high school. He caddied for his grandfather in the PGA TOUR event at his home club, and first played in it as a non-competing marker at the age of 14. He sat down with PGATOUR.COM to discuss how he plans to honor his grandfather, the lessons he learned from him and the eloquent eulogy he delivered at last year’s funeral. (Note: interview has been shortened for brevity) READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “Everyone knew Arnold, especially when I was growing up, I grew up with five channels in a turn dial bloody TV back then with little bunny ears. Wasn't really where we could grow up and have the technology and especially I guess the capability of seeing what Arnold has accomplished in his career. I think the biggest thing is the impact is that he's impacted the generation after him which impacted the generation after them and then impacted us. So, without his innovation to the game with how he was on the golf course and how he was off the golf course, giving back to charity and how giving he was, there may not be a Greg Norman or a Faldo or Seve. There may not be a Tiger Woods or, you know, a Phil Mickelson and may not be a Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, myself or Rickie Fowler. Without influential people such as the King, there may be a few less golfers in this world today because he did have a huge impact on what golfers or how people looked at golf because, let's be honest, it's kind of a nerdy sport, it really is. It's not like you're out there beating each other up on the football field or something. Walking around, chasing a little white golf ball. Unfortunately that's just how it is and don't get me wrong, we all enjoy. Arnold Palmer made golf sexy.”--Jason Day.

Arnold Palmer was the winner of 62 career PGA TOUR titles, including seven major championships, Mr. Palmer rose from his modest Western Pennsylvania roots to become a towering figure with appeal that transformed and transcended the sport of golf. He died September 2 5, 2016 of complications due to a heart condition with his two daughters and wife, Kit, at his side. He was 87.

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