To fans, Palmer seems ageless
Fredricksburg.com By: ADAM HIMMELSBACH
HE SEEMED to appear out of nowhere, like a tee shot from parts unknown.
With about 200 people waiting for him at the practice range at Fawn Lake Country Club yesterday, Arnold Palmer came into view as he rode across the course in a golf cart.
He was driven past a cardboard cutout of himself before the cart stopped and the crowd cheered.
Palmer stood at the edge of the course–an Arnold Palmer signature course–and gave a thumbs-up. He waved and bowed, a lock of silver hair falling over his forehead.
There were 80 golf balls at his feet and a bag of clubs at his side.
I wondered how many of Palmer’s days are like this one. Wherever he goes, people still want to see him hit a golf ball. Even at 80 years old.
There’s something about golf that allows legends to stay forever young in the eyes of their fans.
No one wants to see a retired prizefighter take a punch or a retired running back get tackled.
Yet everyone wants to see Arnold Palmer swing a nine-iron.