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Arnold Palmer Receives Gift of Golf Club

Based on a fictional story about the former pro golfer Arnold Palmer, Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he proposed to give Palmer a gift. Palmer demurred; "It really isn't necessary, Your Highness. I'm honored to have been invited."

"I would be deeply upset," replied the king, "if you would not allow me to give you a gift."

Palmer thought for a moment and said, "All right. How about a golf club? That would be a beautiful momento of my visit to your country."

The next day, delivered to Palmer's hotel, was the title to a golf club. Thousands of acres, trees, lakes, clubhouse, and so forth.

The moral of the story is: In the presence of the King, don't ask for small gifts.

Editor's Note: One of our subscribers has noted that this story is an urband legend which may have been based on a fictional work written by Lowell Thomas in 1949 for Reader's Digest. The first line of the illustration has been revised accordingly.

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