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My letter from golf legend Arnold days after his death; Mildand golfer Paul's shock at note of congratulations on latest win.

Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

AGOLFER has described his shock after receiving a letter from Arnold Palmer - just days AFTER the legend died.

Paul Broadhurst received the note through the door of his East Midlands home.

Signed by Palmer, it congratulated him on winning a competition at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California.

It was Paul's third professional victory since becoming a senior golfer last year.

Palmer - one of the sport's superstars with seven major titles - died on September 25, at the age of 87.

And Paul, from Fenny Drayton, near Nuneaton, received the treasured letter five days later. "It was surreal really," he says. "At first I thought it must be an invitation to his event in Florida.

"But then I started reading it, and it was just to say well done for winning in America.

"It was overwhelming, not least because he had passed away by the time I was reading it.

"I never had the pleasure of meeting Arnold. So for him to take time out to write to me was really special.

"You could tell from what was in the letter that he had watched me play as well.

"When you receive praise like that, well, it makes it all worthwhile. This letter is getting framed."

Palmer, born in Pennsylvania, is looked on as televised golf's first superstar.

Nicknamed The King, he changed the perception that golf was a rich man's game.

In a six-decade career, he won 62 PGA Tour titles and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

In 1973, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

"Arnold was a fans' favourite," adds Paul. "He always had time for the fans - he will always be a true legend of the game."

WHAT HE SAID "Dear Paul.

Congratulations on your victory Sunday in the First Tee tournament at Pebble Beach.

"You certainly didn't let that long wait you had at the last hole bother you. Solid birdie for the win.

"You are doing very well in senior golf, I must say.

"Sincerely, Arnold Palmer."

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| Golf legend Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale preparing for the British Open Golf Championship in 1961. Top right, Paul Broadhurst holds the trophy after winning the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

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