Palmer opens Masters, just like he's opened doors for 50 years

Updated: April 10, 2008, 8:07 PM ET
By Ron Sirak | Golf World

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- While watching Arnold Palmer's ceremonial opening tee shot fade into the fog that delayed play for an hour in Thursday's first round of the Masters, the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" came to mind. Palmer is the George Bailey of golf.

Let me explain. George Bailey, the main character played by Jimmy Stewart in the classic Christmas movie, gets a chance to see what the world would have been like -- specifically his hometown of Bedford Falls -- if he had never lived. As ...

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