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When the shot didn’t fall for North Carolina – in golf

North Carolina came agonizingly close to winning a national championship in basketball this season, only to see its hopes ripped away by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins at the buzzer.

As gut-wrenching a moment as it was for the Tar Heels’ faithful, the finish calls to mind another heartbreaking Heels finish, but one that comes from the world of golf.

And it includes none other than Arnold Palmer.

Perhaps no player has had a greater impact on golf than Arnold Palmer. But his lone win at Pinehurst is a difficult one to find. It’s not the North & South Amateur, which he laments, and where he lost twice in the semifinals. Palmer turned professional in 1954, so he missed the North & South Open, and he was past his prime for the PGA Tour events at Pinehurst in the 1970s and the U.S. Senior Open in 1994.

“It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.” -Arnold Palmer

But there is a win at Pinehurst in the Palmer ledger, and he recalls it fondly. But it was a crushing near-miss for the Tar Heels and their star, Harvie Ward.

In 1948, Palmer was a freshman sensation at Wake Forest, competing in the Southern Conference, a precursor to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Near the close of the second round on Pinehurst No. 2, Palmer found himself ahead of his friend and rival Ward. But Ward still had the famed 18th to play, and was comfortably in the fairway.

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Arnold Palmer and Harvie Ward at Pinehurst in the late 1940s.

Palmer should’ve been confident. Ward would need to hole his approach shot just to tie.

But with the ball in the air, Palmer’s heart sank.

“Harvie needed to hole his second shot to tie me,” Palmer said in 2014 before the U.S. Open. “He left it about 3 inches from the hole. I didn’t think it had a chance, but he damn near made it.”

Palmer won the conference championship by a stroke. It’s his only documented Pinehurst win.

“It would’ve dismayed me quite a bit,” Palmer says now of Ward’s shot. “It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.”

Neither Wake Forest nor North Carolina won the Southern Conference team championship, though.

Who did?

Duke.

Of course.

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2016 Masters Tee Times

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2016 Masters Odds

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In a Masters pool? Here are Bovada.com’s most recent odds to win The Masters:

Jason Day: 13-2
Rory McIlroy: 8-1
Jordan Spieth: 9-1
Bubba Watson: 11-1
Adam Scott: 12-1
Rickie Fowler: 16-1
Dustin Johnson: 16-1
Phil Mickelson: 18-1
Henrik Stenson: 25-1
Justin Rose: 33-1
Charl Schwartzel: 35-1
Louis Oosthuizen: 35-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 40-1
Patrick Reed: 40-1
Brandt Snedeker: 50-1
Zach Johnson: 50-1
Danny Willett: 60-1
Sergio Garcia: 60-1
Paul Casey: 70-1
Branden Grace: 75-1
Brooks Koepka: 75-1
Marc Leishman: 75-1
Rafa Cabrera-Bello: 80-1
Matt Kuchar: 80-1
Jimmy Walker: 90-1
Ryan Moore: 100-1
Bill Haas: 100-1
Jason Dufner: 125-1
Kevin Kisner: 125-1
Justin Thomas: 125-1
Andy Sullivan: 125-1
Shane Lowry: 150-1
Charley Hoffman: 150-1
Emiliano Grillo: 150-1
Victor Dubuisson: 150-1
Lee Westwood: 175-1
J.B. Holmes: 175-1
Martin Kaymer: 175-1
Chris Kirk: 175-1
Kevin Na: 175-1
Billy Horschel: 175-1
Angel Cabrera: 175-1
Ian Poulter: 200-1
Byeong-Hun An: 200-1
Harris English: 200-1
Bernd Wiesberger: 225-1
Daniel Berger: 225-1
Hunter Mahan: 225-1
Graeme McDowell: 250-1
Keegan Bradley: 250-1
Danny Lee: 250-1
Jamie Donaldson: 250-1
David Lingmerth: 250-1
Ernie Els: 275-1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat: 275-1
Smylie Kaufman: 275-1
Webb Simpson: 275-1
Scott Piercy: 300-1
Russell Knox: 300-1
Kevin Streelman: 300-1
Jim Herman: 300-1
Fred Couples: 325-1
Chris Wood: 350-1
Troy Merritt: 350-1
Vaughn Taylor: 375-1
Cameron Smith: 400-1
Robert Streb: 400-1
Thongchai Jaidee: 400-1
Soren Kjeldsen: 500-1
Vijay Singh: 500-1
Davis Love III: 550-1
Fabian Gomez: 600-1
Bernhard Langer: 650-1
Jin Cheng: 700-1
Steven Bowditch: 750-1
Trevor Immelman: 1000-1
Romain Langasque: 1000-1
Darren Clarke: 1250-1
Derek Bard: 1750-1
Mike Weir: 2000-1
Paul Chaplet: 2000-1
Sammy Schmitz: 2000-1
Tom Watson: 2000-1
Mark O’Meara: 2000-1
Sandy Lyle: 5000-1
Ian Woosnam: 5000-1
Larry Mize: 5000-1

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So, where does Roy Williams really compete?


The North Carolina Tar Heels return to the NCAA Championship title game tonight against Villanova, where Roy Williams hopes to do at UNC what neither Dean Smith nor Frank McGuire could do – win three national titles at Carolina.

But where does Roy Williams really feels he gets to compete?

He answers in the video above. For more with Roy Williams and how he feels golf and basketball intertwine, go here.

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For that special someone…

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GreenJacketAuctions.com, apparently, has the actual Augusta National Golf Club sign that used to hang outside the club in the 1960s. Its opening bid was $5,000, but as of this writing, the bid is above $17,200. The bidding will end on the Saturday of the 2016 Masters, which is April 9.

UPDATE: The final bidding is in, and the sign went for…$25,063.20.

Those 20 cents must’ve been the clinchers.

So, speaking of Father’s Day…spend it in Pinehurst.

 

 

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