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May 4 2011

11:25 PM

Players enjoy seeing Palmer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just as the fans loved seeing Arnold Palmer play in the Wells Fargo Championship pro-am on Wednesday so did the PGA TOUR pros. 

"Arnie is the king, and what he's done for the game of golf we're benefiting from now," said Phil Mickelson, who, in a move that would have made Palmer proud, signed autographs for nearly 45 minutes after his pro-am round.

"Here we are 50 years later when he was dominating in the '60s that we're able to capitalize on what he really brought the sport to and certainly what Tiger has done for us in the last 15 years, too.

"But to have him out here, it means a lot, because we still look up to him as the epitome of what a golf professional should be."

Dustin Johnson agreed.

"I hope I'm still walking when I'm 81," Johnson said, when reminded of Palmer's age. "I think it's great. He's a great ambassador for the game.  He's a super nice guy, and he's been a great champion for a long time. I think it's very nice for him to come out here and do this."

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