As one might expect, the accolades to Arnold Palmer this week have been numerous and constant, so much that one can be excused for feeling overwhelmed by the tributes. But, while not all honours or tidbits are necessarily noteworthy, the piece of history that Callaway Golf uncovered is a sight to behold: the King’s Masters yardage book.
Handwritten and stapled by Palmer himself, the attention to detail and crude mathematics are testament to a player dedicated to his craft:
Admittedly, I hoped some of Palmer’s trademark wit would be found, perhaps a “Don’t hit it here” warning next to Rae’s Creek on No.12. Of course, he did win four green jackets, so maybe he knew what he was doing.