“Barbara said that she thought Winnie handled her life, Arnold’s life and their life better than anybody that she had ever seen,” Nicklaus said. “Winnie said, ‘Well, on Tuesday, if I got mad at Arnold, I would be afraid to say anything because I was afraid of ruining his game. And then when Sunday night rolled around and I could say something, I forgot what I was mad at him about.’ “
Masters chairman Billy Payne described Palmer as golf’s “preeminent hero” and announced that all visitors to Thursday’s opening round at the Masters will be handed a commemorative badge to wear in honor of the King.
The badge, with the official Masters logo in the middle, reads “I am a member of ‘Arnie’s Army.’
Palmer was in the Masters field 50 times. The only player with more Masters starts is Gary Player with 52.