Arnold Palmer practices for Masters Par-3 Tournament at Augusta National

April 10, 2014

Arnold Palmer had a 3 p.m. tee time.
It was at Augusta National, but not the Augusta National. He was scheduled to play the annual Par 3 Contest alongside fellow honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. But first, he had to get his putting stroke tuned for the competition.
About an hour before he was set to tee off, Arnie emerged on a veranda of one of the cabins overlooking the Par-3 course — dapper as always in a blue sweater over his pink golf shirt – and took in the view. But as further proof of how golf is so ingrained into Palmer, he had a putter in hand while he watched and absent-mindedly fiddled with his grip and practiced his putting stroke.
It took maybe 30 seconds for word to spread.
“Look, Arnold Palmer’s up there!” said a wife to her husband.
“That is my dad’s hero!” said one girl as he snapped his photo.
Fans who had walked in a different direction did an about face and power walked back to viewing distance of one of golf’s living legends. With their backs turned to the actual golf happening on the grounds of Augusta National, they watched as Arnie observed the action and practiced his putting stroke.
After a while, he went back inside, and the crowd dispersed. He had a tee time to get to.
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