them understand the game a little better. You have to grow up
feeling the game, playing the game, not thinking about it. That
part you can get later. First, you have to fall in love with it.
˘ The pros should be very conscious about worldwide
golf and not think that it’s just America. As time goes on,
countries that are marginal now will become major as far as
forming golf organizations and tours. The game won’t grow
until they get all those things put together. I think the R&A
and the USGA are doing the right thing now, and I think they
will bring places like Central America and Africa into the
game. Major tours and major championships will develop
around the world. Existing tours will have to work that out
and work with each other. But they will figure it out. I think
golf will get healthy again.
˘ I’m happy to hear what they’ve done to Pinehurst No. 2
for this year’s U.S. Open. I played there a lot when I was at
Wake Forest, and it is one of my all-time favorite courses the
way it was, the way they have made it again.
˘ when people remember me, I hope they think I
worked for the betterment of the game, to bring everybody
into the game. I hope they recognize that I was just a country
boy and that golf was my vehicle for living my life as I have.
And while my life was far from perfect, I’m most grateful for
that. Just being able to spread the game around the world as
we are doing now. My dad was my only coach. The most im-
portant thing he taught me: As he put my hands on the club,
he said, “Boy, put those hands on there and leave them there.
Don’t you ever change them.” I always followed his advice. n
Familiar scene: Palmer being
helped into a green jacket
(by Jack Nicklaus in 1964) is a
major part of the Masters story.