The King's Butter-Knife

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Graeme McDowell got a surprise gift from tournament host Arnold Palmer before the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 6:09 p.m.

Graeme McDowell wasn’t looking for a gift on Wednesday as he was hitting balls at Bay Hill to prepare for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. So, when Mr. Palmer came over and handed G-Mac an old 1-iron, the Ulsterman hit a few head-high stingers, dispelling the myth that even God can’t hit a 1-iron. 

But the story got interesting when G-Mac tried to give the club back. According to the Golf Channel, Mr. Palmer told him, “No, you keep that.”

G-Mac asked if he was serious, and Arnie grinned and reportedly said, “Absolutely.” 

Not everyone can use one of the King’s butter-knives. But even fewer can own one.