Not that the lineup wasn’t already glittery but if you wanted to dress up the Wells Fargo pro-am at Quail Hollow next week, what better way than adding Arnold Palmer?
He’s 81 now and he won’t dazzle anyone with his game the way he used to but that’s not important. What is important is that many people who have never seen Arnie in person will be able to tell their kids and grandkids they saw him play.
Arnie’s familiar with the golf course. He played here many times in the old Kemper Open and in seniors events, did some redesign work on the course and at one time owned a home on the 15th fairway.
-- The Heritage at Harbour Town had a thriller of a finish Sunday but some tournament officials could be excused if they were secretly pulling for Luke Donald to beat Brandt Snedeker in the playoff.
Had Donald won, he would have become the No. 1 player in the world, and sayin the No. 1 player won your tournament would have a nice ring to it.
-- Harbour Town continues to shine. It’s a shotmaker’s paradise, a place where it’s not about how far you can hit it but about thinking your way around and maneuvering between the trees. If I had to pick one course to play every day, Harbour Town would be on my short list.
-- What looked like a couple of thousand people gathered alongside the 18th green at 7:30 Sunday morning for an Easter sunrise service featuring tour players Aaron Baddeley and Kevin Streelman. Baddeley spoke and Streelman played guitar and sang.
-- Just when you think you’ve seen everything—golf carts at the Palmetto Dunes course on Hilton Head Island have air cooling devices for the hot summer days. What’s next, a bar? Hmmm.