|MAR ||1987 -- Scott Ostler of the Los Angeles Times rhetorically asks who the biggest hotdog in American sports is. Reggie Jackson? John McEnroe? Hulk Hogan? Nope, he says. It's Arnold Palmer. Huh? "The biggest," he writes. "To qualify for hotdog status, one must: 1. Have an exciting game, a flair, a unique style; 2. Play to the crowd; 3. Enjoy the spotlight. Now where does it say a hotdog has to be a jerk, although many are. Arnie is not a pants dropper. He is a pants hitcher. He still uses that simple tug of the belt to convey the message, 'Excuse me, gentlemen, but this is Arnold Palmer's golf tournament.'"|
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PALMER CUP PLAYER TO GET INVITATION TO COMPETE AT BAY HILL STARTING IN 2016
Amateur that best exhibits qualities of Arnold Palmer earns berth in Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard - Event to be renamed the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. - Starting in 2016, one of the 20 participants in the annual Palmer Cup matches will be extended an invitation to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, tournament officials announced today.
In related news, the event's name will be changed to the Arnold Palmer Cup beginning in 2016.
Founded in 1997, the Palmer Cup is a team match play competition featuring 10 collegiate golfers from the United States against 10 golfers from Europe. This year's event is June 12-14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Europe won last year's edition 18 1/2 to 11 1/2 at Walton Heath Golf Club in England. The U.S. leads the series 9-8-1.
ARNOLD PALMER STATEMENT REGARDING TIGER WOODS AND THE ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD.
"Tiger called me personally this afternoon to let me know that he wouldn't be playing here at Bay Hill. He said that his game is not quite ready yet and that he was disappointed that he won't be able to play in the tournament, which has always meant a lot to him. I'm sorry that he won't be playing. We'll certainly miss him, but I understand and appreciated that he called me."