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Why Arnold Palmer Was The King Of Golf

Celebrities reflect on the remarkable legacy of Arnold Palmer, who died on Sept. 25, 2016 at age 87.

Released on 9/26/2016

Transcript

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He's as big as it gets.
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And there were a lot of high profile people,
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not just athletes.
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Celebrities, stars, who were pretty big,
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but it's hard to say anybody's bigger than AP.
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I think he just put the cool factor into golf
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like no one else, I look back on the impact he made
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and when he first came on the scene
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with the explosion of television and golf,
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it was amazing, he just broke so much territory
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for so many golfers today.
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God I mean him and Jack Nicklaus, I mean that is golf.
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Those guys kinda set the tone, they were the
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Michael Jordon, Larry Byrd, and Magic Johnson,
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their era, they paved the way for the Tigers
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and the Jordan Spieths and the Bubba Watsons of the world.
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He won in great style and if he wasn't gonna win
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he was gonna go down fighting.
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He's created this unbelievable environment.
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Dashing professional golfers going across
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great golf courses and people following them.
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And he started all that.
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We all have to thank him for that.
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What can you say about the king that hasn't
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already been said?
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He's paved the way for the way we make
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a living now.
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We can never pay him back for what he's done for our game.
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I see the little nuances about the man that I love.
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The way he interacts with people and the wonderful
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little gestures of kindness that he performs.
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With a gracious heart for everybody.
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I've never seen someone generally go over
01:34
and sign as many autographs as he does.
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Yeah, he's a true people person.
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He definitely gives it to all the fans
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and all the followers.
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I was lucky enough to meet Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill
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and he was just such a gracious host with me,
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I had really just started playing the game.
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And he kinda took me around the course
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and I was just amazed at what a down to earth
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humble guy he is.
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The most impressive thing was the way he treated me,
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world class.
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The stature and just the I don't know,
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I just, I get those chills going up and down my spine
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still every time I see him.
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He's a mammoth of a man in our game.
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He really loves golf more than anyone
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I've ever met, I mean golf is his life.
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And he truly is the king in every respect,
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I've never met a person who doesn't just think
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he's a complete hero.
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He just exudes class, he was a guy that was approachable,
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he was a guy that is personable.
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I feel like I'm a better person for getting
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a chance to have some interaction with him.
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Now there's more than just golf and he is
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one of the best role models when it comes down to it.
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Well rounded person on and off the golf course.
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You know in sports you have really special individuals who
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have been so much not only to their sport,
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but to society and charities, and people less fortunate.
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He's a wonderful man and I had the privilege
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to get a chance and play with him.
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(instrumental music)
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He's been a dear friend and I treasure his friendship.
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His golf career has been over for a long time
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and it'll always live on as a legendary career,
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but Arnold Palmer the man and how you treat
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people that will live forever.
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