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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Arnold Palmer


(Editor’s note: is counting down the top 10 newsmakers of 2016. Take a look at why each item made our list, along with a collection of their top stories from the year. Click here for the full list and release dates.)

A spectacular full rainbow stretched over Latrobe, Pa., shortly after Arnold Palmer’s ashes were spread at his home club there.

It was like some cosmic wreath being laid over his last resting spot, because, really, flowers weren’t enough to honor this extraordinary icon’s passing.

Palmer was 87 when he died from complications of heart problems on Sept. 25. Fred Couples broke down in raking sobs after calling into Golf Channel’s live telecast the night news broke of Palmer’s death. Couples had to hang up and call back. The ache he felt resonated through the game.

Palmer was more than a great player. He was the game’s greatest ambassador. While he may not have won as many PGA Tour events as Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus or Ben Hogan, he won more intangible treasures. Really, how do you measure all the hearts Palmer won to the game? That’s his real legacy. It is what earned him the nickname “The King.”

Tributes to Palmer came pouring in shortly after his death, from great players to great caretakers of the game.

So many wonderful words were offered up to measure Palmer’s profound impact. We remember some of them here looking back at our top newsmaker in 2016:

“He looked like an athlete, a prizefighter, a middleweight. He opened golf’s windows and let in some air. He lifted a country-club game, balanced it on his shoulders, carried it to the people and made it a sport. He won big. He lost big. People who didn’t follow golf followed him. People who hated golf loved him. He was photogenic in the old newspapers. He was telegenic in the new medium. He was the most asked question called into the night desks on weekends: `What did Palmer do today?’ – Tom Callahan in Golf Digest



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Ryder Cup: Reed, Moore lead U.S. to victory

Patrick Reed won an important point, if not the winning one on Sunday, but provided the impetus for the United States’ first Ryder Cup victory since 2008.

Reed defeated Rory McIlroy, 1 up, in a remarkable singles opener at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Sunday, setting the tone for the Americans’ 17-11 victory over the Europeans. It was the widest margin of victory for the U.S. since it won by nine points in 1981.

The winning point was delivered by Ryan Moore, who wasn’t a member of the team until last Sunday evening, when Love made him his final captain’s pick. Moore came from 2 down to Lee Westwood with three to play, eagled the 16th hole and birdied the 17th to square the match, then won the 18th with a par to push the U.S. past the 14 ½-point threshold it needed to prevail.

“Amazing,” Moore said. “Absolutely amazing.”

The victory allowed U.S. Captain Davis Love III to atone for a stinging defeat at Medinah in 2012 in his first go as captain. Moreover, the victory vindicated the Task Force the U.S. assembled in an attempt to end the European domination that saw it winning seven of the previous nine cups.

“I’m just proud of these guys,” Love said. “They had a lot of pressure on them for the alst two years. Every time we picked a guy there was more and more pressure on the team. I’ve never seen a team come together like a family like this.”

Reed and McIlroy collectively had eight birdies and an eagle through eight holes of a match that came down to the par-4 18th. After McIlroy holed a birdie putt at 18, Reed holed a 10-foot birdie putt to secure the victory.

Reed went 3-1-1 in this his second Ryder Cup appearance. Brandt Snedeker, meanwhile, defeated Andy Sullivan, 3 and 1, and finished with a 3-0 record. And Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka defeated Danny Willett, 5 and 4, to finish with a 3-1 record.

Other U.S. winners on Sunday were Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Zach Johnson. Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, played to a draw in a match in which they made a combined 18 birdies, 10 of them by Mickelson.

This is what golf was raised on…

PANIC BUTTONThe Perfect Punch Shot

How to hit the shot that’ll get you out of trouble every time.

By Keely Levins

Unless you’re a freak of nature, you’re not going to be in the fairway off of every tee. And that’s fine -– every guy on tour misses fairways. For those times you’re so far off the fairway that you’re in the trees, you need to be able to hit a good punch shot to get out. Hitting it in the trees isn’t a mistake, but not knowing how to get out is.
Swing coach Jeff Ritter has a few tips to help you get out of trouble and back into the fairway. First, he says to look at your shot and pick the widest part of the gap to hit through. There’s no point in being a hero. Trying to thread the ball through a tight gap is more likely to result in still being stuck in the trees than getting out. Instead, make the safe play and punch into the fairway.

When looking at that gap, Ritter says to also look at what trajectory you need in order to get out cleanly. You’re likely going to need to keep it pretty low, so Ritter says to pick a low-lofted club, and play it back in your stance.
As for the swing itself, Ritter warns that the faster you swing, the higher your ball is going to launch. So, make sure your swing is short, smooth, and controlled.

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