Friday, October 13, 2006

Texas Site of Palmer's Last Stand

Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring and the Champions Tour Administaff Small Business Classic today became the answers to a future trivia question: What was the last course and the last tournament in which Arnold Palmer played tournament golf?

Palmer, making just his second start on the Champions Tour this year, called it quits Friday, citing an inability to play well enough to make his fans happy. Palmer is 77 years old.

Palmer played through the third hole at Augusta Pines before putting two balls into the water off the No. 4 tee. That's when he told his playing partners he was withdrawing, although he played out the round without keeping score. Following the round, he announced it was the final competitive tournament appearance of his long and glorious career.

From the AP:

Palmer's eyes welled with tears as he went through interviews following the round with a large delegation of "Arnie's Army" huddled around him at Augusta Pines Golf Course.

"I made every move in the bag today to make a good shot and I wasn't very successful," Palmer said. "That's not surprising. It just didn't come today. It's been working its way into my repertoire. It's tough and it's emotional for me because it's my life."

We'll miss you, Arnie, but thanks for all the great memories.

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