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her in which no starter finished at least seven innings waCHASKA, Minn. -- William McGirt took his wife and infant son to Arnold Palmers office at Bay Hill, wanting nothing more than a photo.Palmer, as usual, gave him so much more.Any worries McGirt had about imposing on the King were put to rest as quickly as it took Palmer to reach over and take his son, Mac, out of his arms for the photo.We take the picture and I figure hell hand him back and wait for us to get out of his office, McGirt said Monday. No. We take the picture and he puts Mac on his desk and sits there playing with him. Mac knocked everything off his desk and he was like, `Its OK. He was having fun with him. He was the best at making you feel welcome. He made you feel like youve known him for 30 years.This was the very essence of Palmer, who died Sunday and left a gaping hole in the world of golf.This was the personal touch.Three months before his death, Palmer eased into the chair in his Pennsylvania office and started in on a lifes work that never seemed to end. On the desk next to him was a stack of photos, tournament flags and other memorabilia that fans from across the country had sent him, asking for an autograph.Some days he would sign for 10 minutes, other days an hour, depending on his energy level.But he signed.The walls outside his office are covered with personal letters from presidents dating to Dwight D. Eisenhower and other leaders. Palmer knew them all, and the letters showed how much they cherished their relationship with him.Palmer, however, treated the unknown fans with as much consideration.He made them feel important.Phil Mickelson learned that lesson over the years. The most important Palmer imparted: Never walk past anybody.He always made eye contact. He always acknowledged they were there, Mickelson said. We all try, but we never live up to his standard. He made the difficult look easy.His signature is among the most famous in sport. Everyone can read it, each letter just as legible as the A and the P. One year in his office at Bay Hill, Palmer reached for a black pen and a blank sheet of paper to show how he learned to write. He even remembered the name of his teacher in the first grade, Rita Taylor, and the Palmer Method of Writing that was scrawled on the blackboard.Thats how kids in the 1930s learned to write. The method wasnt named after Palmer. He just perfected it.Moving his large hand in a circular motion until there was a large, black dot on the paper, the King showed that it was about using the arm, not the wrist, as he moved down the line to write his name. No telling how often that signature has been written. As Rocco Mediate said, Palmer autographs dont sell for much because there are probably 8 billion of them.And nothing is more personal than a letter.Gavin Hall, who plays for the Texas Longhorns, was 14 when a letter arrived in the mail from the Bay Hill Invitational in 2009. It was from Palmer, whom he had never met and never did. Hall had played in the prestigious Monroe Invitational in upstate New York that year. Palmers grandson, Sam Saunders, also was in the field. Maybe thats why he wrote.I was pleased to hear of your recent accomplishments on the golf course, the letter begins. It goes on to encourage Hall to stay devoted to the game without dismissing his education.Hall was in a minor state of shock.There was no way it was Arnold Palmer. How in the heck would he know what I did? Hall said Monday. It was amazing. To this day, its the best letter I ever received. Can you believe the amount of people he has reached? How many lives? I never met him, and he still wrote that.Hall, who qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open as an 18-year-old, was one of the younger recipients. But he wasnt alone.Each week, Palmer wrote letters to every player who won on tours large and small. Russell Knox was one of them. He won his first Web.com Tour event five years ago outside San Francisco, and a few weeks later received a letter from the King.I called my dad and said: `Youre not going to believe this. Arnold Palmer wrote me a letter, Knox said. He didnt believe me.Palmer kept a tight schedule three years ago. He took time for a visitor before two meetings and lunch with supermodel Kate Upton.He paused before signing a letter to David Frost, who had won on the Champions Tour, and said, Hes playing pretty good. The next letter was to Kevin Streelman, who had won at Innisbrook the week before. Palmer watched the back nine on television and liked what he saw.On the way out the door, an assistant told him that Japanese photographers wanted to take his picture. They were outside his door and when Palmer saw them, he rattled off his best Japanese greeting. His voice was animated. His smile put everyone at ease. The words probably didnt come out the right way. It didnt matter.They all laughed together and Palmer wrapped his arms around one of them and gave her a big hug.Just like they were old friends. Larry Ogunjobi Browns Jersey. -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. DeShone Kizer Jersey. Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. http://www.probrownsonline.com/authentic-zane-gonzalez-browns-jersey/. Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. Myles Garrett Womens Jersey. -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Jabrill Peppers Youth Jersey. Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total. "I just love the fact I am in contention and have an opportunity in my first tournament of the year here in Abu Dhabi," Mickelson said. LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The IOC says it may be forced to consider sanctions against Kenya after its national Olympic committee was disbanded.The International Olympic Committee says it is extremely concerned by the situation in Kenya, where three senior officials were arrested for alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games.The IOC says it will not accept any action or interference from government authorities that would go against the basic principles and rules of the Olympic CCharter.ddddddddddddThe committee says if the situation is not rectified, the IOC might be forced to consider protective measures as provided in the Olympic Charter.That means the IOC could suspend Kenya for government interference. Kuwait remains suspended for similar reasons, and its athletes competed under the Olympic flag -- not its national banner -- in Rio. 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