One of our true golf masters continues to be missed, take a guess who we are talking about.
There are many accolades this man possessed in his lifetime, but you may or may not know that Arnold Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of the next upcoming Masters, The Open Championship, among U.S. players. Before Ben Hogan won that championship in 1953, few American professionals had travelled to play in The Open, due to its then more complex travel requirements, relatively small purse, and the style of its links courses, also radically different from most American courses. At that time, Arnold Palmer wanted to emulate the feats of his predecessors Bobby Jones, Sam Snead and Hogan in his quest to become a leading American golfer.
Palmer was greatly disappointed by his runner-up finish in the 1960 British Open. His appearance overseas drew American attention to The Open Championship, which had previously been ignored by the American golfers. He went on to win the Open Championship in 1961 and 1962, and last played in it in 1995. Martin Slumbers, CEO of the Royal & Ancient, called Arnold Palmer "a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport". His participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s "was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf," said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley.
So this week we are asking you to take another guess and win an handmade Druh design Arnold Palmer belt. You just need to guess the winner and their total score for the week, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered into our draw to win! Best of luck also to all this coming week at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland!