DAVIS LOVE III: The son of an accomplished player and world-class teacher, Love had access to many of the greats of the game at an early age. The first time he really remembers spending much time around Palmer, though, was at the 1974 PGA Championship at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C.
"I was little," Love said. "I couldn't have been more than 10. So I didn't want to walk all the way around so I hung out (in the locker room) and he came in there. And he knew me and I knew him at 10 years old. So that was pretty neat."
Love doesn't remember the details of the conversation.
"He probably was telling me to get out of the way," Love said, laughing. "But I was helping the locker room guy with shoes and stuff so I probably picked up his shoes. And I'd do that at Atlanta Country Club, too. ... I was lucky, all those guys. I got to go to dinner with Gary Player when I was really little so that was cool."
BRANDT SNEDEKER: In 2009 when Snedeker was struggling with his game a little bit, he called Palmer out of the blue and asked if he could come to Orlando and talk to him.
"I thought I’d get 30 minutes of his time, but we ended up sitting in his office upstairs at Bay Hill for two hours talking about golf, life, just everything," Snedeker said. "I told him I was having a hard time handling Sundays and pressure and asked him about how to get over that hump.
"He said he never hit a shot he wasn’t 100 percent committed to -- it didn’t matter if it was a 3-iron from 200 yards out he thought he was going to make it. Whether he was going to pull the shot off or not he thought he could. He said, ‘People always thought I was aggressive, but I thought I was conservative.’"
Snedeker and Palmer played 18 holes that day, and the King birdied 17 to win money off the Tennessean. "We had a blast," Snedeker said.
JUSTIN ROSE: Living in Orlando has its perks for Rose, who knows Palmer still loves to hang out in the locker room at Bay Hill.
"I remember after I won at Congressional and at Muirfield Village he sent me a note saying, ‘You’ve won Tiger’s tournament, and you’ve won Jack’s tournament, now it’s time you win my tournament,'" Rose said.
WILLIAM McGIRT: After his son was born two years ago, McGirt decided he wanted to have his picture taken with Palmer every year at Bay Hill. The tradition began 12 months ago in Palmer's office.
"I was going to see if he’d let Miles sit in his lap," McGirt said. "Well Arnie gathers all of us in the picture, me, my son, my wife Sarah, and next thing I know he reaches in and grabs Miles out of my arms. We take the picture and he was still playing with Miles for a few minutes. By the end of it, Miles has his arm around Arnie’s neck and his thumb in his mouth.
"There’s nobody better, especially with kids."
CHESSON HADLEY: Hadley received a congratulatory letter from Palmer after winning the Web.com Tour Championship in 2013.
“He signed it and everything,” Hadley said. “I didn't know he was going to send it or anything like that. That just really kind of touched me and I have a special place in my heart for him. Jack is great, obviously, but Arnie is as good as it gets.”
Hadley met Palmer for the first time at last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. “When I first saw him, he looked at me like he knew me,” Hadley said. “And I'm just a rookie - I had won (the Puerto Rico Open) and that was great, but it was still pretty special.”