Arnie's Army salutes Arnold Palmer one last time

By Means Of AUGUSTA, Georgia

Arnie’s Military was once out in power yet another time on Thursday, storming the primary tee at the U.S. Masters in a ultimate salute to Arnold Palmer, their fallen leader.

There had been many tributes since the man referred to as “The King” handed away on the age of 87 final September however none could match the emotional connection Palmer had with Augusta Nationwide and the Masters – a tournament the swashbuckling golfer made vital and received four times.

The 12 months’s first main bought off to a somber and poignant begin as thousands of golf lovers wearing commemorative buttons confirming their membership in Arnie’s Army stood at consideration during a moment of silence broken only By the sound of a chilly wind rustling throughout the timber.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne addressed the massive gallery, telling them it was a morning of unbearable unhappiness. Golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player then struck the hole ceremonial tee shots with out their long time buddy and rival at their facet.

“Welcome to the 2017 Masters. It’s A excellent however, in one admire, a tricky day,” mentioned Payne. “For the primary time in many many decades someone is obviously missing from the primary tee.

“The Virtually insufferable disappointment that all of us feel Through the passing of Arnold Palmer is simplest surpassed With The Aid Of the love and affection for him.”

Sooner Than Nicklaus, a six-time Masters champion, hit his shot the Golden Undergo looked to the heavens and waved his cap into the leaden skies in a clear salute to Palmer, whose Masters Green Jacket used to be draped over a white garden chair to the side of the primary tee.

After Player, who played in a document Fifty Two Masters, sent his tee shot proper Nicklaus stepped up and crushed his straight down the heart of the golf green, drawing a huge cheer signaling the 81st Masters was officially below method.

Later, Nicklaus and Palmer, each carrying Arnie’s Army badges on the lapels of their Green Jackets, held court and paid homage to Palmer, a gentleman, fierce competitor and friend who made the Masters into considered one of sports great events.

“So Arnold came alongside (and) tv was getting started. It used to be a time that the popularity of the game was in reality influenced With The Aid Of Arnold,” stated Nicklaus.

“It used to be a time when the Masters was once just form of getting its ft wet with what is going on on within the golfing world. Arnold was form of the guy that made that widespread and took the Masters from being a match to being one of the vital 4 biggest events in golf,” Nicklaus went on.

“I Think it was once Arnold who took it to that. So my feeling was that, sure, the Masters made Arnold in many ways on account of his wins however the opposite direction around, I Feel Arnold made the

Masters. Arnold put the Masters on the map and with his upward push and his recognition, the Masters rose the same,” he said.

“I Think they were both excellent for every other.”

(Modifying By Way Of Mark Heinrich)

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