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April 23, 2010
PALMER ATTENDS 2010 KENTUCKY DERBY
LOUISVILLE, KY – Golf legend Arnold Palmer and his wife Kit will be attending, for the first time ever, the 136th Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the USA's oldest thoroughbred horse races which first began in 1875.
The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.
"I'm pretty excited to attend this event so steeped in American tradition." said Palmer.
"My wife Kit has good Irish luck. Maybe she'll pick the winner."
Posted by scurry at 04:39 PM
April 12, 2010
Arnold Palmer named honorary chairman of Mylan Classic
CANONSBURG, Pa. -- One of Western Pennsylvania's most prominent and respected native sons, Arnold Palmer, has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman for the inaugural playing of his home state's new Nationwide Tour event, the Mylan Classic presented by CONSOL Energy.
The 2010 Mylan Classic will be played Sept. 2-5 at Southpointe Golf Club in the Pittsburgh suburb of Canonsburg, preceded by a pro-am on Sept. 1. All four rounds will be televised on Golf Channel in the U.S., with the event reaching 123 countries overseas.
"I gladly accepted this offer when approached by Rod Piatt," said Palmer. "I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the Nationwide Tour and the significant impact it has on the PGA TOUR. Now in its 21st year, the Tour has done much to advance the level of competition in professional golf and prepare many of the sport's most talented young players for life on the PGA TOUR. I congratulate Mylan and key supporting sponsors CONSOL Energy and Dick's Sporting Goods for bringing this wonderful event to the golf fans of Western Pennsylvania. I hope they come out in big numbers to support the tournament."
"Having Mr. Palmer's support of the inaugural Mylan Classic at Southpointe is a true honor and I know that all of the golf fans in Western Pennsylvania are proud to have such a goodwill ambassador of golf associated with this exciting event," said Rod Piatt, who is Mylan Classic Co-Chairman along with Jeff Kotula of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
Added Mylan Chairman and CEO Robert J. Coury, "We feel truly privileged that Arnold Palmer will be participating in the Mylan Classic in this very special way. While his golf career has certainly been nothing short of legendary, his reputation for helping to raise funds for numerous charitable organizations is just as impressive. He is the perfect Honorary Chairman for an event that combines the celebration of golf with the desire to give back to our local community and its charities."
"Arnold Palmer is synonymous with golf in Western Pennsylvania and has been for 60 years," said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. "It is very fitting that he lend his name and reputation to help launch the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic in what amounts to his backyard. Mr. Palmer has always been very supportive of the Nationwide Tour and we can't thank him enough for providing his seal of approval to this new tournament."
Palmer was born and raised in Latrobe, Pa., about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. The 1974 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee spends his summer months in his beloved Latrobe and plays regularly at Latrobe Country Club, which he owns and operates.
Palmer is a self-professed fan of the Nationwide Tour, and his grandson, Sam Saunders, who aspires to play on the PGA TOUR, made his national professional debut last September at the Nationwide Tour's Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft in Idaho.
Posted by scurry at 03:22 PM
April 10, 2010
PALMER DRAINS 65-FOOT PUTT AT THE 2010 MASTERS PAR-3 TOURNAMENT
Four-time Masters Champion Arnold Palmer hit the first tee shot of the 74th Masters Tournament Thursday morning with his longtime friend and competitor Jack Nicklaus.
Joining Palmer and Nicklaus on Wednesday for the Par-3 Tournament was Gary Player, completing golf's legendary "Big 3".
The Par-3 Tournament is a Masters tradition that gives golfers a chance to relax with their families on the day before the major event.
The first tee held much fanfare with the legends having a jovial time, each taking a mulligan.
On the 9th hole of the Par-3 Tournament Palmer drained a 65-foot snake. "The putt made my week." said Palmer. The beautiful line conjured up over 50 years of memories, most especially those from 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964 when Palmer won his green jackets.
During the press conference Palmer was asked How do you feel about the reception you get walking from the clubhouse all the way to the tee box and the fans just adore you?
"Well, that's wonderful and it's a great feeling and just typifies Augusta and what happens here, the politeness of the crowds, it's just overwhelming. I look forward to it. I think about it before I get here, I get nervous, even now, and I'm not playing anymore. So you know what it was like when I was playing."
For live coverage of the 74th Annual Masters Event visit www.masters.com.
Posted by scurry at 10:30 AM
April 07, 2010
PALMER AT THE 2010 MASTERS
Arnold Palmer’s string of consecutive playing appearances in the Masters Tournament ended at 50 when he competed for a final time in the 2004 championship, but Arnold Palmer will be in Augusta, Georgia, again this April, a stop he has made every year since 1955.
As he does every year, Palmer attended the Champions Dinner on Tuesday in the historic Augusta National clubhouse. Angel Cabrerra, the defending champion, hosted the dinner, at which virtually all of the living former winners of the classic event, playing or non-playing, gathered.
Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. EST on ESPN, Palmer will play the annual Par 3 event with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Palmer serves as the Honorary Starter on Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m. EST and joining him this year will be his long-time rival and friend Jack Nicklaus, each hitting tee shots on the first tee to launch the 2010 Masters. Palmer is the sixth person to serve as Honorary Starter in the long history of the Masters, which began in 1934. Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod inaugurated the role in 1963. Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen took over in 1981 and Ken Venturi filled in for Nelson in 1983. Sam Snead joined Nelson and Sarazen in 1984. The position was vacant since Snead died following the 2002 Masters until the 2007 event when Palmer assumed the role for the first time.
"As you know, Augusta is one of my favorite places and the Masters has meant so much to me personally throughout my career. I have always been treated so warmly there by the patrons. I hope in some way I can show my gratitude to the fans who have followed and supported me these many years” said Palmer. "It's an extra pleasure to have my old friend Jack joining me on the first tee this year."
Posted by scurry at 11:14 AM