Arnold Palmer retires
Teary Arnie says it's time to give it away
October 15, 2006
Arnold Palmer hit two shots into the water yesterday and knew his time was up, tearfully announcing later that he would no longer play competitive golf.
The 77-year-old Palmer hit the balls into the water on the fourth hole during his opening round at a Champions Tour event in Texas, then said he was withdrawing because of a sore lower back.
He continued playing with his threesome of Lee Trevino and John Mahaffey but didn't keep score the rest of the round.
"I've been doing this for a long time and, first of all, to stand out there and not be able to make something happen is very traumatic in my mind," Palmer said.
"The people, they all want to see a good shot and you know it and you can't give them that good shot. That's when it's time."
Palmer hit his second shot on the 400-metre fourth into the water. He took a drop and again hit into the water before deciding to withdraw.
The winner of seven major titles including four Masters, Palmer said he would play in some charity events "but now there are no more thoughts of tournament golf".
Trevino sensed the end of an era and asked Palmer to sign his ball and a glove when they finished the round.
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