Trib­ute to the King

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May I thank you for Fer­gus Bis­set’s fine trib­ute to Arnold Palmer in the De­cem­ber is­sue. He’s al­ways been a hero of mine, but to see all of his con­tri­bu­tions to our great game high­lighted so elo­quently brought back what a truly in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure he was. To­day’s cos­seted stars all owe a huge part of their wealth to the hard work and in­no­va­tion he brought to the game, and it was pleas­ing to see so many of them present at his me­mo­rial ser­vice held af­ter the Ry­der Cup.

One of my biggest re­grets is never see­ing the great man play in per­son, but I’ll trea­sure the mem­o­ries of him bat­tling it out with Jack and co. over the years. There doesn’t seem to be any­one who knew him who has a bad word to say about him and I think that sums the man up nicely. He was truly unique and the world is def­i­nitely poorer with­out him. Steve McLeod, Wetherby

Ed­i­tor’s reply:

Steve, you are not alone. Arnie was a true leg­end and the rea­son for so many of us tak­ing up this great game. GM nom­i­nated him as Golf’s Most In­flu­en­tial Fig­ure in 2011, our cen­te­nary year, and for me, no one else came close. He was golf’s first global su­per­star and the sport would not be where it is to­day with­out him.

Arnie: a true le­gend

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