When I think about Arnold Palmer, I think __________.
When you think of golfing legends, one of the first names that come to mind is Arnold Palmer. Not only was he one of the greatest golfers of all time, but also one of the most charismatic.
With the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend at Bay Hill, we asked our Twitter followers to fill in the blank: “When I think about Arnold Palmer, I think ______.”
Here are our favorite responses of what golf fans remember most about the ‘The King’ of golf. You can click here to follow – or add – to the thread.
15. “I saw him standing and watching the action at the first Presidents Cup in Virginia. I climbed over the ropes and walked up to him to shake his hand. He didn’t hesitate, no fear, just smiled and shook my hand. A King, yet a man of the people.” — @KVollero
14. “Bay Hill, 2004, No. 18. Driver off the deck and put it within several feet. Keep in mind the guy was 75 at the time.” — @lieandloft
13. “A nice, cool, refreshing drink.” — @MM3PGA
12. “The best winker ever. It’s a dying art. He nailed it.” — @TaniceBosanko
11. “The Invitational, and the two amazing hospitals. What he accomplished as a golfer was legendary, but his legacy is hopefully eternal.” — @GolfingEsq
10. “Mr. Palmer was the perfect gentleman and treated everyone as long-lost friends.” — @whale437
…Ben Hogan hated him for taking Mark McCormack‘s advice to dress, smoke and adopt Hogan’s mannerisms, right down to the exact colors of Ben’s custom made cashmere sweaters. Arnie tells it himself, Ben never even called him his name, just, “Hey you!” pic.twitter.com/yt2LY3e58V
— Greg Smith (@GGPSmith) March 2, 2021
8. “Fast, not very pretty to look at, but somehow he was able to repeat it over and over, and that’s what matters.” — @freethrowsm1th
7. “The best winker ever. It’s a dying art. He nailed it.” — @TaniceBosanko
6. “That his dad played 36 holes on the day he died and AP said that’s exactly how he wanted to go.” — @CadillacsHair
5. “Nobody ever loved playing the game more.” — @GimmeTheDriver
4. “Class. Respect. Tradition.” — @wallynobugs
3. “About the time I caddied for brother Lon at 1977 PGA Champ at Pebble Beach paired w Arnold Palmer on Sunday. Drought conditions were brutal and I was dealing w dirt in my eyes/contacts on 8 fairway. On my hands and knees, Arnold Palmer joined me on the dirt helping me thru it.” — @BarneyHinkle
2. “How great he was to his fans. Signed every autograph and never got outwardly upset when ppl interrupted him doing something (rewrapping his grips, eating dinner, etc).” — @onceacaddy
1. “Bay Hill, 2004, #18. Driver off the deck to put it within several feet. Keep in mind the guy was 75 at the time.” — @lieandloft