Palmer calls it quits at the Masters

April 9, 2004 at 8:46 PM
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AUGUSTA, Ga., April 9 (UPI) -- Two years after what many thought was his swan song at the Masters, Arnold Palmer finally called it quits Friday.

Masters officials decreed two years ago that any past champion over the age of 65 would not be allowed to play after the 2002 tournament.

That public relations blunder was soon repaired, allowing Palmer to participate in his 49th and 50th consecutive Masters.

Palmer, receiving huge ovations every step of the way, shot his second straight 86.

"I'm through, I've had it," the exhausted 74-year-old joked after the round. "I'm done, cooked, washed up, finished -- whatever you want to say."

Palmer had a hard time fighting back the tears and his voice cracked with emotion as he discussed his final competitive appearance at the Augusta National Golf Club.

"Sometimes I just get tired and the emotion overrules and runs away with me," he said. "I'm not upset about that. You know, if I can't handle it, that's my fault. But it's a part of me, that's pretty much it."

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