Adversity did not stop Palmer. He turned an accident into an event, and it showcased what may have been the true secret to his success on the PGA Tour.
As Sports Illustrated reports, following a car crash in a college town in Florida, Palmer fell through the windshield of his car. The damage was only minor, and Palmer bounced back like a champ, coming back to play the golf tournament from which he had been suspended.
The accident sent Palmer on a quest to perfect his stance as a golfer. In a way, the accident explained what he and his rivals did differently from golf in the previous century. Palmer was agile, strong and and had thick skin. He paid attention to every detail of his game, from the walk to his shots to everything they said to each other. But he took care to tailor his performance to what he could do on the golf course. He did not have to take out on the course what he could do, for he was likely to do anything on the golf course.
Years later, Steve Scott and Billy Casper became the first to play together in a televised televised tournament — 25 years ago Thursday — when their partners won an event at the Phoenix Country Club.
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