Arnie At Augusta National: Long Live Our King

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Well then, here’s 21,000 or so words …

For the first time since 1955, Arnold Palmer will not be gracing the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club at the year’s first major, The Masters.
With wife Winnie at his side, Arnie celebrates his Masters title in 1958.
Following his first Masters victory, Arnie meets with Sam Snead, who probably gave him some suggestions for the Champions Dinner he would host in 1959.
It seemed everyone liked Ike, and Arnie was no exception. He stayed an extra day at Augusta National after winning to play a round with its most famous member, then President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Arnie putts out at the 18th hole before his adoring “Army” to win the 1960 Masters.
After winning his third Masters in 1962, Arnie meets up with Augusta National chairman Clifford Roberts and Augusta National co-founder Bob Jones.
As the defending champion, Arnie helps Jack Nicklaus don his first green jacket after the 1963 tournament.
The Golden Bear returns the favor at the 1964 closing ceremony. It would be Arnie’s last Masters championship.
The media and Arnie always enjoyed a love-love relationship.
Two cool customers – Ben Hogan and Arnie – share a smoke while waiting to tee off at Augusta National.
Arnie knew how to drive up Magnolia Lane in style, with a little help from tournament sponsor Cadillac.
As Spain’s Seve Ballesteros found out, Arnie had a wealth of information about the Augusta National course, the creation of Alister MacKenzie and Bob Jones from the 365 acres of the former Fruitland Nursery.
Then amateur Phil Mickelson, third from left, shared a practice round with Rocco Mediate, left, and Arnie prior to the 1991 tournament.
Arnie and Jack made then amateur Tiger Woods feel at home during a practice round prior to the 1996 tournament. A year later, Woods won his first green jacket in record fashion.
Arnie and good friend Tom Watson shared a round during the 1997 tournament.
Arnie crosses Rae’s Creek via the Hogan Bridge on his way to the 12th green during his final competitive round during the 2004 Masters.
Arnie and others don their Augusta National green jackets to take part in the 2011 Champions Dinner hosted by defending champion Phil Mickelson.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, one of the first two female members at Augusta National, had Arnie as her escort at the 2013 Wednesday Par-3 Tournament.
Arnie never lost his determination, especially when he was driving the first official golf ball during the Opening Ceremony.
Golf’s Big Three – Arnie, Jack and Gary Player – relax in the best seats outside the clubhouse at Augusta National before the Champions Dinner in 2016.
A Thumbs-up emoji from Arnie, Forever Our King.

Oh, and here’s five more words:

Thanks, Arnie. Rest in Peace.