Peter Thomson on Palmer and putting

Peter Thomson has been interviewed a lot lately as part of his 80th birthday celebrations.

One quote reported by the Telegraph stuck with me when asked about changes in the game.

Putting used to mean hitting the first putt into a position where the second one could be holed. Then along came Arnold Palmer who thought you could hole every putt.

“You wondered what the hell he was trying to do. That wasn’t the way golf was played. Once he broke the barrier…everyone started doing it.”


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