At the Arizona state, Phil Mickelson had made a name as the reigning U.S Amateur and an NCAA champion.
Most recently, he had gone home with a win in the PGA Tour event in Tucson, and was to play in the Masters soon enough.
Young Phil had called up Arnold Palmer, asking if they could play a practice round together. Till date, he still cherishes the impact made by Palmer on him at Augusta that weekend.
And recently, Golf Digest, in collaboration with the Monterrey Peninsula Foundation decided to honor Mickelson with the Arnie award, considering his several acts of kindness, as one of their Golfers Who Give Back.
During Mickelson’s 25 years on tour, some of his acts of kindness were quite noticeable’ tipping extras to the locker room attendants, handing a ball to a kid, and signing a glove or ticking in a little cash.
He has also been instrumental in mentoring several young tour players such as Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. Mickelson, speaking about Arnold, had said,
“I know how good Arnold made me feel that day at the Masters,”
“I was nervous and didn’t feel like I belonged, but he made sure I felt like part of the club – the way he put his arm around me, told me stories and invited me to join him for lunch.