Until Arnold Palmer's initial trip to St. Andrews in 1960, the British Open had lost its lustre outside of Great Britain. But when the reigning Masters and U.S. Open Champion decided to enter the historic 100th British Open, he single-handedly restored the Open to its rightful place as one of golf's major events. Despite a dramatic eighteenth hole birdie, Palmer lost his Open debut to Kel Nagle by a single stroke. But he returned for 22 more appearances, winning the Open back-to-back in 1961 and 1962, and forever endearing himself to the British — both for his competitive fire and his grace under pressure.Farewell
— In 1995, thirty-five years after his historic first trip, Arnold decided to return once again to The Old Course at St. Andrews for his final appearance in the British Open. Regrettably, on Friday afternoon of the second round, it became clear Arnie would not make the cut. As he crossed the picturesque arched stone bridge over the Swilcan Burn on the 18th hole for the last time, Arnie paused and honored the gallery with a poignant farewell wave — a bittersweet moment captured forever in our photograph, and described eloquently by Arnold:
"If you look closely at the photograph, which has become one of my favorites, you can see that I appear from my expression to be deeply pained and powerfully happy, as if I'm anxious to move off the stage and let others shine, but reluctant to finally go... In the instant it took for the camera's shutter to flip open and close to capture that memorable photograph, I was also thinking how it all seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. True enough, my British Open magic was dimmed, but the magic of the British Open was strong as it had ever been for me."
— Arnold Palmer, A Golfer's Life, page 255
Limited Edition — We have acquired the final 400 of the original Limited-Edition of 500 plaques celebrating Arnold Palmer's British Open exploits. In addition to the dramatic 20"x 16" color print of Palmer's farewell gesture, the solid cherry plaque includes an authentic 1995 British Open flag, hand signed by Arnold. Both are dramatically framed in a rich, navy suede matting, then protected under glass. A numbered Brass Plate authenticates each plaque, and commemorates the historic date of July 21, 1995.