News & ToursApril 10, 2008

Arnie (sort of) Gets it Started

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Heavy fog has delayed the start of the 72nd Masters . . . unless you count the ceremonial 205-yard poke from Arnold Palmer that he was bragging about to members in the clubhouse afterward. "Did you see that?" Palmer said to folks having breakfast upstairs. "Hit it out of sight."

He was being literal, a reference to the poor visibility in the early morning at Augusta National. Palmer didn't disagree with one reporter who suggested the shot rated a 10 on a 10-point scale. It landed dead center in the fairway and bounced about a yard forward to about 205 yards from the tee markers.

After retrieving his green jacket from the Champions Locker Room and saying goodbye to a few members, Palmer headed off to the airport for a flight to Latrobe, Pa. Palmer's wife, Kit, has been in and out of a Pittsburgh hospital for the past two weeks and has undergone two surgeries on an infected ankle. "Not sure what it is," said Palmer.

--Craig Bestrom

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