Two Living Legends, a Defending Champion at Sedgefield Country Club

Posted by Don Moore on August 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm under Amateur, Photos, Professional | 4 Comments to Read

(Repost With Pictures)
We took our camera over for the ceremonial return of the Wyndham Championship to Sedgefield Country Club yesterday. Two sports legends, who both drove to make their historic mark in sports, one drove a race car-of course that’s Richard Petty-the other drove the little white golf ball-of course that’s Arnold Palmer. Brandt Snedeker, the tournament’s defending champion, hit the ceremonial first ball from tee no. 1 welcoming the event back to Sedgefield.

Arnold was asked for a comment….”Can I go back and play the 16th?” he asked, jokingly. Back in 1972 Arnold was charging on Sunday and took the lead in the tournament, but a triple bogey-6 on the par 3 16th. ended his chances. I hear that Arnold flew up to D.C. After Saturday’s round to have dinner with then President Nixon and was very late getting back into town Saturday night, leading to a tired Arnold Palmer in the final round.

Richard looked as if he was really glad to be there-we all were! The event did give the tournament a special feel. Kyle and Patty Petty were in attendance and were most gracious.
Richard and Arnold exchanged gifts-Arnold got a Petty hat and Richard got a Palmer putter and I got a lot of good poses, I think and hope!

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*****from Jim Modlin, covering the Wyndham Championship for*****

  • skank said,

    it dont git no better than that! thats sum royalty right there.

    how many top 10 ranked gofers are here this weak?

  • Jim said,

    V.J. Singh is the only Top 10 player at # 5 on the oficial golf rankings. There are 2 in the top 10 in Fed Ex cup points, Singh at #7 and Ryuti Imada at #10. Jeff Quinney is at # 24 Fed Ex. The strength of the field is in the overall depth. Bottom line-it is considerably better than the last few years and will grow in quality each year-write it down!

  • skank said,

    at least we gots 1 top tenner. I thought Love would be in there. that place would be jam packed this w/e if he still sniffing the leader board after today.

  • Lee said,

    Only a unc fan could love Davis. definitely not the friendliest cat in the world. After spending the lat 4 days around him and speaking with him, he needs to lighten up. Mising the tourney last year when he was defending champ and course designer was not cool.