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50 Years Since Arnie's Charge in L.A.

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On this day, January 7, an American icon unleashed one of his patented final-day charges to win the Los Angeles Open.

 

The year was 1963, and the scene was the 11th hole at Rancho Park Golf Course. With his good looks, humble beginnings, easy accessibility, and derring-do style of play, Arnold Palmer was a Southern California crowd favorite. But he’d never finished better than 10th in the L.A. Open, and on the last day of the tourney the groans were audible as he hit his ball over the 11th green.

 

Palmer did not panic, despite finishing the hole with what he later smilingly called “an easy six.” He merely birdied the 12th hole with a 25-foot putt, drove nearly 375 yards to the foot of the green on the 16th, hit a 50-foot chip shot into the hold...

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