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hold­ing a bunker rake in­stead of a pitch­fork. “He looks dod­der­ing,”Wat­son said.“If they had only shot him sneak­ing a peek out of the cor­ner of his eye at Kate – eyes twin­kling – that would have been all right.That would have been Arnie.”

He earned $40 mil­lion that year with­out tak­ing an of­fi­cial swing, and another $40 mil­lion the next. Palmer’s net worth as of last year was an es­ti­mated $680 mil­lion. His orig­i­nal money man, con­tem­po­rary Mark McCor­mack, sport’s first su­per agent, was at least a co-builder of his great friend’s great brand. McCor­mack died in 2003. He went in for a face-lift and didn’t come out.

Palmer made his side money in ad­ver­tis­ing, ar­chi­tec­ture, clothes, cars, mo­tor oil, cat­sup, dry clean­ers, um­brel­las, ev­ery­thing. He ac­tu­ally guest-hosted for Johnny Car­son on “The Tonight Show.” It was a wooden per­for­mance but the au­di­ence en­joyed him. He walked through a movie scene from “Call Me Bwana” for Bob Hope. His pals ranged from Bing Crosby, Perry Como and James Gar­ner to Mrs Simp­son’s hus­band, Ed­ward, the for­mer King of Eng­land. A lot of pros have played golf with pres­i­dents, but only Palmer an­swered the door­bell at his home to find Dwight Eisen­hower on the porch say­ing,“Happy birth­day.”

Palmer main­tained two res­i­dences, Bay Hill and La­trobe. The por­trait Nor­man Rock­well painted of him was in La­trobe. To re­visit his boy­hood, all Arnold had to do was swivel the chair in his La­trobe of­fice and gaze out the win­dow. Since 1971, he owned the golf course where his fa­ther had been an em­ployee who never set foot in the locker room, the din­ing room or the bar un­less specif­i­cally in­vited by a mem­ber. Pap and he walked that hill­side over there, shot pheas­ants, rab­bits and squir­rels, cleaned them in a nearby stream, and soaked them in salt wa­ter overnight. On the edge of the hill, an old oak tree fell over.The trunk was crum­bling and hon­ey­bees moved in. “‘Now, Arnie,’ my dad says,‘we’re go­ing to take this honey home to your mother.’ But he says,‘We have to get two five-pound bags of sugar.When we take the honey out, we’re go­ing to put those two bags of sugar right there, so the

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