Letter: Arnold Palmer plays along

Tony Crilly
Arnold Palmer in the second round of the US Open Golf Championship in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, 1973.
Arnold Palmer in the second round of the US Open Golf Championship in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, 1973. Photograph: AP
Arnold Palmer in the second round of the US Open Golf Championship in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, 1973. Photograph: AP

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My brother-in-law, living near Toronto, set out one evening for a stroll around his local golf course. He knows nothing about golf but he does enjoy this form of exercise. No one was around, but coming up to a putting green he came across a man with a clipboard making notes and they soon fell into conversation. “Do you play golf?” enquired my brother-in-law. “You might say that,” said the other, stretching out his hand to introduce himself: “Arnold Palmer.” My brother-in-law has dined out on that one for years.