Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 14th time Sunday night when the New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in what has become one of the best individual rivalries in the NFL.
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer know about rivalry, too, and weigh in with their thoughts in this special video.
"We competed against each other with total intent to beat each other," Palmer said in the clip. "We always played off each other because we were playing against each other so much."
Added Nicklaus: "When I first started playing against Arnold, my goal was to beat him and become the best I could be.” Nicklaus said. "If that meant de-throning 'The King,' then that was what I had to do."
Between them, they won 25 majors. Nicklaus' first came at the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he beat the elder Palmer and a rivalry was born. They would go on to win 70 tournaments on the PGA TOUR over the next 10 years.
What do you think is golf's best rivalry? Discuss below.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Webb Simpson's victory Sunday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was the latest in a long list of wins by pros who played collegiately at Wake Forest.
Two days earlier, the university had honored the man who started that tradition, Arnold Palmer, with the dedication of a massive bronze statue at the golf complex on campus. Simpson attended Wake Forest on the Arnold Palmer Scholarship.
Friday's unveiling was part of Homecoming Weekend -- and Palmer was at the center of the festivities. Earlier on Friday he climbed in a golf cart and delivered the 5 millionth Meal on Wheels on behalf of Senior Services to a woman in Forsyth County, who, like Palmer, is 84 years old.
Palmer's mode of transportation was a bit different on Saturday when he hopped on a motorcyle driven by the Demon Deacon mascot. The two led the Wake Forest football team onto the field in advance of the Deac's 34-10 win over Maryland.
The statue, which was created by Bruce Wolfe, is an imposing one that stands 9 feet -- although the height to the tip of the golf club is 12 feet, 9 inches -- and weighs 1,392 pounds. Wolfe began working on the statue in California nearly two years ago after taking more than 100 photos of Palmer. Wolfe spent more than 250 hours in the initial phase of the project, then eight more months developing the clay model.
That mold was then taken to a foundry in New York where another nine months were invested into the casting and finishing process. According to Wake Forest, the statue traveled more than 4,200 miles from concept to delivery.
Wolfe asked for the statue to be installed facing south to allow sunlight to play on Palmer's face throughout the day.
Joining Palmer for the unveiling were long-time Wake coach Jesse Haddock and the current head coach, Jerry Haas, whose brother Jay is a Champions Tour stalwart and three-time Presidents Cup assistant, and nephew Bill is a former FedExCup champ. All three members of the Haas family played at Wake Forest.
One of Wake Forest's most famous players was honored with a 1,400-pound statue on Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Arnold Palmer was on hand for the unveiling of a statue featuring his likeness on the grounds of the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex. The on-campus practice facility, opened in 2010, sits on 17 acres near the ACC school, which Palmer attended from 1947-50 before entering the Coast Guard.
ESPN.com reported: "According to Wake Forest, the statue weighs 1,392 pounds, stands 9 feet tall and has an overall height of just under 13 feet to the top of the golf club. It was created by Bruce Wolfe, who began the project in his native Northern California some two years ago. Wolfe and his team spent 18 months developing the clay model, and once it was completed, it was transported to a foundry in New York, where another nine months was spent on casting and finishing."
Arnold Palmer turned 84 years old on Tuesday. To celebrate, we take a look at the legendary Hall-of-Famer and one of the most beloved athletes of all time in our Top 10 Arnold Palmer Essentials.
What is your favorite memory of the seven-time major winner? Wish him a happy birthday and share your thoughts below.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- -- EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14:The Masters Historic Edition have shipped in North America and will be available worldwide starting on March 29. Both editions pay homage to golf’s rich history and legendary golfers through an all new game mode, Legends of the Majors featuring six different eras of golf and period specific equipment, night golf and for the first time in franchise history the chance to go for the Grand Slam by playing historical events in all four majors.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 has generated early accolades by enthusiast press. According to Gamer Magazine, "EA clearly isn’t resting on its laurels, despite the knowledge that it’ll sit atop the leaderboards for another year." The game is available on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, including support for the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move.
“We wanted to celebrate the world of golf in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 and give gamers and golf fans a chance to learn about the amazing legacy of the sport of golf through legendary players and iconic moments in majors history,” said the game's executive producer, Brent Nielsen. "We are excited for gamers to start taking down legends and earn their seat at the table of golf’s greatest players."
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 also features 20 on-disc championship courses, over 35 playable golfers representing both the PGA TOUR and LPGA, deep and innovative online connected experiences and a host of community-driven gameplay enhancements that closely mirror what a PGA TOUR golfer sees out on the course.
In addition to all the content available in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 1, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition allows gamers to step back in time and experience the 1934 layout of famed Augusta National Golf Club, its famous Par 3 Course, Augusta National Golf Club’s Tournament Practice Facility, an authentic Green Jacket Ceremony, as well as four additional championship courses for a total of 25.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 is developed in Orlando, Fla., by EA Tiburon and will retail for $59.99 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition will be available for $69.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Arnold Palmer's annual Wednesday press conference at Bay Hill is always one of the real treats of the week here. Once again, Palmer delivered a gem.
At 83 years old, Palmer is still as sharp as a tack, whether it's talking about whether or not he thinks Tiger Woods, who has won here seven times, will break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 career major championships, or sharing his opinion on anchoring and bifurcation.
Palmer also talked about Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and a number of other topics. Here is a closer look at what he had to say:
On whether he tried to talk McIlroy into playing here this year:
"I was kind of kidding when somebody said is he playing? And I said, well, if he doesn't, I'm going to break his arm. But it was meant in jest, and it was strictly a passing remark. Frankly, I thought he was going to play, and I was as surprised as a lot of people when he decided he was not going to play. I've had conversations, brief conversations with him some time ago, not recently, about his playing.
On how much of himself he sees in Bubba Watson:
"What I've seen of him is he's long, and a lot of the time it doesn't have a zip code on it. It looks like he's enjoying himself, and I think that's ‑‑ if there is something similar, that may be it. Someone said something about the shot that he hit at 10 that afforded him the opportunity to win the Masters. That's one of the things that I did a little bit from here to there. A lot of people didn't know who I was, because they never saw me. I was in the trees."
On the TOUR's opposition to the proposed ban on anchored putting; the idea of two sets of rules:
"One, I don't think that golf has a place for two sets of rules. I think one of the reasons that the game has progressed in the way that it has over the years is the fact that the amateurs and the pros all play the same game and they play under the same set of rules. I feel like that is very, very important. It may be the key to the future success of the game of golf, just the fact that there will be one set of rules and we'll all play by them.
"Now the long putter, I've objected to that from the beginning. I only think that we don't need a long putter. That's not part of the game of golf. To attach it to your body in any way is taking a little bit away from the game."
On whether he thinks Woods will still break Nicklaus' record of 18 career majors:
"I think right now looking at him and watching him play, he looks probably as strong and as good from a golf perspective as I've ever seen him. I think his swing and his posture and his attitude is far better than it's been in some time, and it takes me back to when I first played with him at Augusta when he was a rookie. I give him a chance. I suppose that every year it's a little more fleeting, however, and he'll have to really work hard to keep himself up and keep his mental attitude if he's going to do it."
On the loudest cheer he's ever heard on a golf course:
"Well, geez. It was probably on 16th hole at Augusta when Jimmy Demaret and I forgot who the other announcer was, was in back of the 16th green and they were talking about the shot that I had. This is '62, and Demaret was saying he's got an ‑‑ I could hear it -- he said, 'He's got an impossible shot here, and to get it up‑and‑down will be a small miracle.' I'm listening to him saying all of this and then I chipped it in, and that was a loud cheer."
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Arnold Palmer is a legendary World Golf Hall of Famer and one of the most beloved athletes of all time, but there's more to his career than his on-course success.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Marshall Faulk: Hall-of-Fame running back and golfer, at least in the newest rendition of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Golf, due out this March.
The highlight for Faulk wasn’t just being in the game, however, which he is for a second year in a row as one of the “celebrity” figures users can play with. As part of the promotion for this latest version, Faulk got to film a couple of “webisodes” with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill late last year.
“For me, an avid golfer, there’s no better highlight than having Arnold Palmer watch me swing the club,” Faulk said.
Their interaction went beyond that with Faulk humorously chasing Palmer and Palmer telling him to “keep trying” and that he’ll “get there one day.” When they weren't filming, the two talked mostly golf and what the game used to be like during Palmer's prime, Faulk said.
The tag line for the campaign is “Take Down Legends.”
Usually it was Faulk who was the one getting chased – he spent 12 seasons in the NFL and is one of only three players to have amassed 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving in his career.
When it came to golf, however, Faulk struggled.
“I went to a charity tournament and couldn’t play,” Faulk said of his introduction to golf. “Every sport I played I was the best at, but not with this.”
Faulk, who lives in San Diego, eventually whittled his handicap to low single digits, however, and has played with or spent time with several PGA TOUR players, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler.
As for the video game, Faulk says he’s “pretty good.” You can see for yourself on March 26, when Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 hits the shelves.