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Arnold Palmer: 50 Years After His First Masters, Golfer Is Still Huge

By    |   Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 11:11 AM

It has been 50 years since Arnold Palmer's victory at the 1964 Masters, and the 84-year-old golf star is as relevant as ever, with the tournament teeing off on Thursday.

Golf.com reported that Palmer stopped by the media center to reflect on the final major victory of his career at the Augusta National, and the place was nearly packed. 

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Palmer, who has won four Masters in the last seven years, discussed how the game of golf is psychological.

"It may have caused a letdown and caused me more than I had anticipated," Palmer said, according to the the Associated Press."Had I had the same driving desire to win before, I might have won a few more Masters or a few more Opens or a couple PGAs, who knows. Psychologically, it affected me."

This year marks his final triumph at a major. Palmer finished tied for seventh at the Masters in '57. The year after, he won it. In '59, he finished third. The year after, he won. In '61, he tied for second. The year after, he won. In '63, he finished in ninth. The year after, he won, according to Golf.com.

Tiger Woods, who is absent this year from the tournament as he recovers from back surgery, was also a point of discussion.

"There is a drawback that relates to myself a little about the psychological aspects of the game and the fact that you've won and you've won the tournaments that you were working to win, and that is still there," Palmer said of Woods, who has won 14 PGA major titles, including four Masters. "It's going to be he's going to have to overcome that. He's going to have to overcome the fact that he won as much as he did, and he's going to have to refresh that in his mind and his psychological approach to the game. If he can do that, I see no reason in the world why he can't come back and be as good a player as he ever was."

Palmer is being recognized for his Masters' victory 50 years ago with a three-day documentary on the Golf Channel.

Palmer said he played some of the best golf of his career during his Masters victory in 1964.

"It was like winning the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills," Palmer told Golf.com. "It had something to do with the fact that I got over a hump. I climbed over the hill, and I satisfied some of the deep desires and ambitions that I had." 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Palmer will likely have surgery to relieve pressure caused by spinal stenosis after the Masters tournament. Palmer has suffered from back problems for some time. 

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