TPC Potomac Honors Arnold Palmer During Quicken Loans National

Each new week, a PGA Tour event seems to honor the King in some form or fashion. Last week, the Travelers honored Palmer with a memorial garden at TPC River Highlands, while the week prior at Erin Hills it was Arnie’s silhouette appearing on the U.S. Open flag.

Wise words from Mr. Palmer. #ArniesArmy

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Well, the Arnold Palmer Memory Tour continues this week in D.C. at the Quicken Loans National. And the folks at TPC Potomac may have outdone them all.

A statue of the King was unveiled, commemorating the legendary Palmer, and his connection to TPC Potomac: In 1986, the year the Maryland course opened, Palmer recorded back-to-back aces at the par-3 third hole over two consecutive rounds (Tuesday and Wednesday) of the Pro-Am leading up to the Chrysler Cup PGA Seniors tournament.

“That’s the most amazing … aw, my goodness … I’ve had some things happen to me, but never anything close to that,” Palmer is quoted as saying in a 1986 UPI report. “I’ve never heard of anything like that happening, much less done it myself.”

Pro-Am teammate Chi Chi Rodriguez reportedly said, “I thought Arnie walked on water before this. Now I know he does. You could give Clark Kent 10 balls and he couldn’t do that.”

Long live the King!

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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