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PHOTO: Gerald Ford once played Pinehurst with three golf greats

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Arnold Palmer, Gerald Ford, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. (Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer, Gerald Ford, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. (Getty Images)

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This photo of Gerald Ford playing Pinehurst with three of the greatest golfers of all time -- Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer -- is pretty awesome.

The date was September 11, 1974 and Ford had just taken office from Richard Nixon in August. As a side note, can you imagine Barack Obama playing with, say, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy at Pinehurst a month after taking office? Yikes.

Anyway, Ford was at Pinehurst to lead the ceremonies for World Golf Hall of Fame inductions. Tod Leonard of the Union-Tribune has more on the day. He writes that Ben Hogan made Ford the driver he used.

"That first drive I will remember to my dying day," (Don) Collett (president of Pinehurst), fit and sharp at 80, recalled last week in his Rancho Bernardo home, two days after Ford died in Rancho Mirage at age 93. "He had never had that club in his hand before, until Ben Hogan said, 'Here you go.' And so he teed it up and he took that swing, and that thing went on a perfect, little high draw. The crowd went wild. It was magnificent.

"He outdrove everybody but Nicklaus. It was the only (good) shot he hit all day, but you can imagine how excited he was."

My favorite part of the photo is the look Palmer has on his face. Like "bro, that's all you're coming with? Gonna have to do better than that."

Pinehurst's history is well-documented and this is just another in a long line of historical moments.

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