DENVER (CBS4)– The late golf legend Arnold Palmer has deep ties in Colorado, among them his U.S. Open championship win at Cherry Hills in 1960.
The club lowered their flags to half staff on Monday in honor of the man they call “The King.” Palmer had his greatest comeback ever at Cherry Hills. He trailed by seven strokes entering the final round but managed to take the championship.
Palmer’s ties to Colorado run much deeper than that. His grandson Sam Saunders is a Fort Collins native.
Saunders talked about saying goodbye to his grandpa.
“It was so special to be able to say goodbye to him without knowing that that was what was happening. I told him I loved him and he said, ‘I love you’ back and that’s… if you know him, he’s pretty tough and to say I love you to him, it wasn’t something that we did a lot but to have that moment happen, I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” said Saunders.