|APR ||1967 -- The Canton Repository prints a letter Palmer wrote to Jeff Wilkof after he wrote Palmer to ask him to settle a matter between him and a friend: who was better, Palmer or Hogan. Palmer wrote: "I sure wouldn't want to get in the middle of your argument, but I would say this: it is almost impossible to compare athletes from different eras. For instance, who is able to say that Mickey Mantle is a greater baseball player than Ty Cobb was in his prime or vice versa? I would say that when Ben Hogan was my age -- 37 -- he was having his greatest success in golf after recovering from the injuries he suffered in an auto accident in 1949. Yet, there are some who say he would have been an even greater golfer had it not been for the accident. I can't say because I was in college and didn't see him play. I like to think I am fairly close to my prime right now, although I certainly have room for improvement. In fact, I don't think the perfect player has ever come along or ever will. I hope this helps answer your questions. My best wishes to you and your friends."|
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PALMER CUP PLAYER TO GET INVITATION TO COMPETE AT BAY HILL STARTING IN 2016
Amateur that best exhibits qualities of Arnold Palmer earns berth in Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard - Event to be renamed the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. - Starting in 2016, one of the 20 participants in the annual Palmer Cup matches will be extended an invitation to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, tournament officials announced today.
In related news, the event's name will be changed to the Arnold Palmer Cup beginning in 2016.
Founded in 1997, the Palmer Cup is a team match play competition featuring 10 collegiate golfers from the United States against 10 golfers from Europe. This year's event is June 12-14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Europe won last year's edition 18 1/2 to 11 1/2 at Walton Heath Golf Club in England. The U.S. leads the series 9-8-1.
ARNOLD PALMER STATEMENT REGARDING TIGER WOODS AND THE ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD.
"Tiger called me personally this afternoon to let me know that he wouldn't be playing here at Bay Hill. He said that his game is not quite ready yet and that he was disappointed that he won't be able to play in the tournament, which has always meant a lot to him. I'm sorry that he won't be playing. We'll certainly miss him, but I understand and appreciated that he called me."