FAR HILLS, NJ- The United States Golf Association released a statement, "We mourn the death of Arnold Palmer, one of golf's all-time greats and a true ambassador to the game, at the age of 87." The USGA will continue to celebrate Arnold Palmer's life and legacy at The United States Golf Association Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History down Liberty Corner Road in Far Hills, New Jersey. Some unique artifacts.
Palmer Gratitude portrait (by Jim Chase)
It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the Arnold Palmer Room is this remarkable portrait of Arnold’s face. From 10 – 15 feet away, it looks like pen and ink on paper, a regular portrait. It is actually 22,719 words written at 1/10 of an inch. If you get close enough, you will see that every single feature, every detail in the face is actually words. These are either quotes said by Mr. Palmer or things written about him all organized thematically on his face. Literally Arnold’s entire career is just about captured in the details of the portrait.
Arnie's Visor for 1960 US Open
With a final-round 65, Arnold Palmer erased a seven stroke deficit to win the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. It remains the greatest final-round comeback in U.S. Open history. The visor Palmer tossed triumphantly after he sank his final putt landed near 11-year-old Skip Manning, the nephew of Cherry Hills club professional Ralph Arnold. Urged by fellow spectators to grab the visor, Manning crawled under the ropes, grabbed the visor and asked Palmer to sign it after he came out from the scoring tent. The visor remained in Manning’s possession for the next 48 years. After seeing a feature about the USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History during the broadcast of the 2008 U.S. Open, Manning decided it was time to share the visor with others. He donated the visor to the Museum in a brief ceremony in Latrobe, Pa., with Palmer, who was reunited with his famous visor for the first time in nearly five decades.
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