News 12 @ 6 Mon. Oct 22
Evans, Ga-- A big time treat for folks out at Champions Retreat today with the King, Arnold Palmer paying a visit to a place he helped design. Palmer on hand for a clinic, and to play a little golf as well.
He says he doesn't play a lot anymore but has played quite a bit lately.
From Pebble Beach to the National this weekend. He of course played the nine at Champions Retreat which he designed, with a member. Then took time out to sign a few autographs and pose for some pictures wearing the smile we're all accustom to and answer a few questions. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of his first Masters win. Something that's still very dear to him.
"it's 50 years of total enjoyment" said Arnold Palmer. "What Augusta has meant to my life and my career is something very hard to explain and to put the emphasis on the right places. I can't tell you what it means to me, it's just very special."
At age 78, Palmer shows no signs of slowing down even though he said he's going to take a little time off. Remember this past year he was the honorary starter for The Masters. But what about adding a second guy, namely Jack Nicklaus to that role and making it a twosome???
"I don't know, I haven't thought about that. Maybe they'll just like to rotate them down the line, there's a lot of people that could do that." added Palmer.
Palmer's last Masters win came in 1964 and he actually joked with teh crowd that his first win probably came before most on hand were even born. He hasn't lost his sense of humor.