Deacon Palmer’s advice to his son was straightforward: “You know, Arnie, you’ve got to play internationally to be great.”
Arnold Palmer was 30 by the time he first played in the Open, when he finished second, a shot behind Kel Nagle at St Andrews. A year later he would lift the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale.
The Open was very different in 1961. Palmer would leave Southport with a cheque for £1,400. Last year the Champion Golfer Henrik Stenson received a staggering £1,175,000.
All players had to qualify...
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