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Guest Larry Dorman

Arnold Palmer yesterday received the Presidential Medal of Freedom,

presented by President George W. Bush at ceremonies in the East Room

at the White House in Washington, D.C. Palmer, 74, was honored by President Bush for his lifelong contribution to the sport of golf and for his enduring

example of sportsmanship.


"For all who love the game of golf, and for those who love to see

it played, there has never been a sight in the game quite like Arnold

Palmer walking down the fairway toward the 18th green," Mr. Bush said.

"The announcer Vin Scully once said, 'In a sport that was high

society, Arnold Palmer made it 'High Noon'.' For more than 50 years,

over thousands of miles of fairway, and in 92 professional

championships, Arnold has given his all, playing with style and a

daring that changed the game of golf. He drew millions of fans, and

every big crowd we see at a golf tournament today started with Arnie's

Army. The father who had taught him to play golf at Latrobe Country

Club would be very proud today of Arnold Daniel Palmer."


Throughout his amateur and professional career, Palmer has set the

standards for golfers around the world as a player, a champion and a

sportsman. Among the 92 golf championships he won as a golfer are

eight majors, including four Masters, two British Opens, one U.S. Open

and one United States Amateur. Sustained excellence was among the

hallmarks of his play. Only Jack Nicklaus has as many consecutive

years (17) with at least one tournament win. His contributions off the

golf course also have been many, and include the funding and building

of the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando.


"Arnold Palmer epitomizes everything that is good about the game

of golf," said Callaway Golf Chairman and CEO Ron Drapeau. "We are

very proud to be associated with him and I am proud, on behalf of the

entire Callaway Golf family, to congratulate him for this great honor

that has been bestowed upon him by President Bush. I can think of no

golfer who deserves it more."


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