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Arnold Palmer Passes Away at Age 87 PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

By Jason Bruno

 

Arnold Daniel Palmer passed away late Sunday afternoon at the age of 87. A fan favorite

to many generations of golf fans, Palmer won 62 PGA Tour titles and 7 major championships.

To those in the golf world, we knew this day was coming and yet we're still not quite prepared

for it. Arnie will always be known as "The King". A cultural American icon, Arnold was born and

grew up in the Western Pennsylvania town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The son of Deacon and Doris

Palmer. Deacon was both the greenskeeper and club professional at Latrobe Country Club. In 1971,

Arnold Palmer would go on to make the club his own, and although he spent half the year at his

other home club of Bayhill in Orlando (where his PGA Tour event is played each March) Latrobe

was where he called home throughout his life.

 

The aura of Arnold Palmer's charm and generosity is legendary. Truly a one of a kind gentleman

for the ages. Today's younger generation may only know Arnold Palmer as an Iced Tea/Lemonade

drink, but to adult golf fans around the world who know that Arnold Palmer's name stands for class

and integrity - We lost a great man, and are all the better for sharing his ride. RIP to The KING . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 
Images from The 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol PDF Print E-mail

 

Photos by Jason Bruno

 

Covering a major championship is a unique experience, and last week at Baltusrol

was no different. Many of the images and a few videos as well were posted via our

Twitter page (https://twitter.com/LinksNation) throughout the PGA Championship.

Here are a few of our favorite images from the week in Springfield, New Jersey.

 

 


The entry into the club is modest and as old school as the date it was established.

 

 

 

 

There are two courses at Baltusrol, the Upper and the Lower - which is used as the championship layout.

Part of the upper course served as the spectator lawn around the clubhouse, driving range and 18th hole.

 

 


 

Home base for the week, the Media Center was located conveniently across

from the clubhouse and practice green.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the media center early Tuesday before things became really busy.

Note the Long Drive Competition standings, at the time Rory McIlroy was

leading. He would finish 2nd to Byeong Hun An.

 

 

 

 

 

By Wednesday evening most of the players lot and their Mercedes SUV's were gone.

The prep work was finished, rest became the priority before the start of round 1.

 

 

 

 

 

The famous par 3 fourth is a stunner, check the front right pin location for round 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the lake now wider on the left, sand and thick rough on the right, the tee shot at the

eighteenth hole delivered a great challenge to find the shortgrass. Once in the fairway, the

ultimate risk reward awaits. Jason Day showed us that on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green at the home hole looked so benign early in the week from the clubhouse

view (above), add in some pressure, a tough pin placement and a few thousand

spectators and it's a different matter.

 


 

 

 

 

 

The sticks of Phil

Mickelson. Callaway

had Baltusrol

themed green and

white striped staff

bags for this years

last major. Lefty

has gone with the

Cally X forged

muscle cavity

irons in recent

years.

Note the custom PM

grind lob wedge with

lead tape - his

money maker.

 

Phil would go on to

finish T33 at

Baltusrol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Wannamaker trophy was on the 1st tee for Thursday's opening round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S Open Champion Dustin Johnson's TMAG setup

 


 

 

 

Charl's new PXG sticks - Tour players don't usually make an

equipment company switch mid-season, but now we know why . . .

 

 

 

 

 

It was announced shortly after the PGA that Nike is transitioning

out of the Golf equipment biz. There will be "Free Agents" galore

for the 2017 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Kizner shows off his Georgia Bulldog pride

 

 

 

 

 

Masters Champ Danny Willet's bag. Check out the short iron that looks

like it got in a fight with a can of red spray paint.

 

 


 

I managed a nice spot

on the range to get an

upclose look at Jordan

Spieth's practice

session as caddie

Michael Grellar looks

on during their pre-

round warm up on

Thursday afternoon.


Spieth had a solid but

unspectacular PGA

Championship,

finishing tied for 13th

at 6 under par.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sergio Garcia was trending upwards coming in, but failed to make the cut.

 

 

 

 

 

Each morning in the media center pairing sheets and Pin locations are available.

 

 


 

 

The 2016 Masters and Open Champion got in some serious work on the practice green at Baltusrol.

 

 

 

 

 

It was Jimmy Walker who ended day 1 with the lead, and finished day 4 with the trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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