Benson Smith drove from Tampa, Fla., to attend Tuesday’s practice round at Augusta National Golf Club. He also came to pay tribute to Arnold Palmer.
Donning a pink Bay Hill shirt, Smith attached an umbrella pin – Palmer’s logo – to his collar and also wore an “Arnie Army’s” button on his chest.
“Arnie deserves a lot of credit for transforming golf into what it’s become today,” Smith said. “There’s no question he’ll forever be The King here in Augusta.”
Numerous Callaway golfers are also honoring Palmer by using pink head covers this week. On each cover is Palmer’s signature, his umbrella logo, as well as the dates 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 in remembrance of his four Masters victories.
One of the golfers using the head covers is former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed.
“It means a lot to know these guys want to honor what Arnie has accomplished,” said Ellie Taylor, of Chicago. “No one should ever forget that Mr. Palmer paved the way for many of these golfers. Arnie was one of a kind – there’s no doubt about that.”