Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 7, NUMBER 52
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Obviously he had so much talent and success but if you look at how he was with people and how generous he was with his time and how gracious he was, he's a great example to anyone growing up playing this game and playing it professionally because at the end of the day the only reason that I'm up here speaking to you guys is I'm a good golfer but if there wasn't an industry and there wasn't fans or media and wasn't everyone involved in golf, I wouldn't be up here. So, I think in that respect he was the greatest of all in that area and just never say die attitude. I think people resonated so much with him because he could hit it anywhere and still find a shot and it was fun to watch. He's just a great example to all of us playing on the Tour.”
BRAIN TEASER: Can you name the only golfer to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal?
LONG LIVE THE KING: Graeme McDowell is part of the Host Committee of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was asked how to preserve The King’s legacy. “For the younger player, who have grown up in the last 10, 15 years of the Tiger Woods world, there's no doubt that we feel what Tiger Woods has done for the game of golf every week we tee it up. How he's transcended the sport, brought so many more people to the fan base, how TV and social media have changed so much over the last 15 years. I think that, for the younger players, maybe it's harder for them to understand what Arnold Palmer did for the game of golf. The fact that he was the first golfing superstar, the first guy who was more than just a golfer, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, all of the things that we try to emulate ourselves now as a player becomes a superstar and all of the little layers of the off course life that we get exposed to and that we want to create for ourselves. The biggest athletes in the world, Tiger and Michael Jordan, guys that are maybe bigger than their sport.
“I think in a funny way since his passing we probably are getting a better education now as we read and as we watch and as we feel everything that he's done for the game. So, obviously his legacy will be carried forward via this tournament, but it will be carried forward in so many different ways. I think obviously the city of Orlando, it's easy for us to touch and feel what he's created from a philanthropic point of view, what he's meant to this city. And that's very easy to feel. But this event's big. Going forward, obviously, his foundation, I'm sure, will continue to do amazing things. I think we have been given a massive education since he's passed away and we probably appreciate him more now than we ever did. A big regret for me was not taking the time to drive 30 minutes across Orlando and come and have a couple of Ketel One's one afternoon and that was on my list of things to do the last few years and you know what, I left it too long and I didn't get a chance to do it and I regret that. So, it will be interesting to see what happens with this event going forward and that's what I hope to bring to the table.”
MULLIGAN: Scotland’s Muirfield golf course will allow women to join for the first time, after members had a change of heart following the loss of the right to hold the prestigious Open championship. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), which runs the course, announced that 80% of members voted to allow women to become members, after a 93% turnout. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, known as the R&A, which organises the British Open, said Muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world’s oldest major. READ MORE>>>
MASTERS CHAMP IS READY TO REBOUND: Danny Willett has had a bumpy ride on the golf course since his surprise victory at the Masters last year, but the Englishman reckons he will be all smiles when he returns next month to defend the green jacket. A celebratory period after his surge to victory past a floundering Jordan Spieth, enjoying life at home with his baby boy and handling expectations after claiming his maiden major all took a toll on his game. "I had some up‑and‑downs in the last 12 months," said Willett. READ MORE>>>
REFLECTION: “It’s a very different week with Arnold not being here with us. He’s meant so much to the game of golf, of course, to this being his own tournament on his own golf course. So he will be dearly missed and we will do our best to make it a very successful week without him and pay tribute to him, to his career and everything that he’s done for the game.” READ MORE>>>
WORDS OF WISDOM: Rory McIlroy has revealed what the late Arnold Palmer wrote to the Northern Irishman in a congratulatory letter after he won his first Major back in 2011. McIlroy agonisingly lost out at the Masters in 2011 after entering the final day with a four-shot lead but he bounced back emphatically, winning the US Open the same year. The then 22-year-old claimed his first Major at the US Open, played at Congressional, where he won by a remarkable eight-shot margin and McIlroy has not looked back since. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “Obviously he had so much talent and success but if you look at how he was with people and how generous he was with his time and how gracious he was, he's a great example to anyone growing up playing this game and playing it professionally because at the end of the day the only reason that I'm up here speaking to you guys is I'm a good golfer but if there wasn't an industry and there wasn't fans or media and wasn't everyone involved in golf, I wouldn't be up here. So, I think in that respect he was the greatest of all in that area and just never say die attitude. I think people resonated so much with him because he could hit it anywhere and still find a shot and it was fun to watch. He's just a great example to all of us playing on the Tour.”--Rory McIlroy on Arnold Palmer.
Arnold Palmer is the only golfer to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
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