In his own words, Arnold Palmer describes on this and
the following pages significant shots that he made during a major victory, the
Masters, and a major defeat, the 1960 PGA.
15TH AT THE MASTERS: "A drive and a one-iron over the water left me a
downhill 20-foot putt for an eagle. But the fast green worried me plenty. After
this look I decided to just hit it close."
18TH AT THE MASTERS: "I was One over par here on
the second day. I tried to cut this tee shot around some trees to the right,
but it faded too far. The ball hit a tree, then bounced back into the fairway
150 yards from the tee. I felt kind of fortunate. I hit a wood near the green
and pitched up close for a par."
9TH AT THE PGA: "The last day [left]. I still had
thoughts of winning, but I needed birdies badly. My drive hit in the fairway
but kicked into the rough. The grass was damn thick and the ball was sitting
down quite deep. I couldn't really get a club on it. I used a nine-iron. The
ball sort of floated out toward the green. A good pitch shot saved a
2ND AT THE MASTERS: "A hooked tee shot on the
second day put me deep in the woods, my worst trouble of the whole tournament.
I had to turn to miss a tree on my backswing. Then I hit a full four-iron off
the dirt road. I kept it low to go under some jagged pine branches and got it
well into the fairway. The shot allowed me to make an easy par 5."
7TH AT THE PGA: "This is a long par 3. I tried to
punch a two-iron into the green on the last day. The ball hung up on the right
side and fell into the trap. I had a good lie in firm sand. I blasted within
three feet of the hole for a par. But at this point in the tournament only
birdies would have helped me."
12TH AT THE PGA: "I had just birdied 11 on the
final day and was thinking I was still in the game. My tee shot was a fair
five-iron about 12 feet to the right of the hole. I hit the putt real well and
was waiting for it to suddenly break down into the cup. It never did."