2023 November Golf Memorabilia Auction - Closing Date 11/26/23
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Arnold Palmer's Personal Worn Straw Hat Gifted from Winnie Palmer - Favorite Hat

You've seen this hat before, but if you haven't there are numerous photomatches of Arnie's hat included in this lot for reference purposes. From the personal collection of Royce Nielson, Arnold Palmer’s longtime caddie and advisor, comes this custom straw hat with the narrow brown leather band given to Arnold Palmer by his wife, Winnie Palmer. Arnold wore this hat on a frequent basis at play and while traveling. This is another piece of attire that wound up in Royce’s vehicle while traveling with Arnold to frequent tour stops, Latrobe and Bay Hill. This hat was a personal favorite of The King. The middle photo added for reference is of our consignor, Nielson, while caddying for The King bagside with this hat resting on Arnie's clubs. A Letter of Authenticity from Mr. Nielson will accompany this lot.

Royce Nielson Collection

Mr. Arnold Palmer's caddie, travel companion and confidant from 1983-1995, Royce Nielson, was asked what it was like by a curious 'Golfweek' in 2014. “When I worked for (Mr. Palmer), I used to tell people it was like going around with the Statue of Liberty. People would just be gaping … they couldn’t believe they were really seeing him,” Nielson replied. Few were closer to Arnie than Nielson was for those 13 years. A cake walk right? Royce Nielson shared with us through a wry grin that it wasn't easy work, and he would often put in a 7-day week. Without missing a beat, and heightened vigor, Nielson added how fortunate he was to have enjoyed Arnold Palmer and the game of golf from the unique vantage point that he did. Was Royce Nielson a family friend or business associate with an inside track to get appointed? Quite the contrary. Nielson landed the bag of a lifetime by the combination of happenstance and taking advantage of the opportunity. The young, fledgling golf cart salesman whose territory included Florida, Nielson went to Orlando's Bay Hill in hopes of walking away with a cart order in 1983. Instead he got a bag of clubs from caddiemaster Paul Johnson...to carry. It would be the golf club's owner Arnold Palmer's bag after he quickly impressed Johnson and then his new boss.

Nielson looped for five of Mr. Palmer's professional wins, including his last as a professional and eight Masters Tournaments. In chronological order these Palmer victories were the: 1986 Union Mutual Classic, 1988 Crestar Classic, 1990 and 1992 Senior Skins Game tournaments, and a Canadian Senior Skins Game tournament. Stories were too many to share. However, Royce's animated tale of boxing out the media members just off the 18th at the 1994 US Open at Oakmont to shelter 'The King' who was overcome with emotions following his final US Open walk was certainly a lasting tale from the visit. Royce is now selling these cherished items due to health concerns and lack of heirs to distribute to in the future. It is with our distinct pleasure to offer the Royce Nielson Collection from his time with Arnold Palmer.

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Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,927.97
Number Bids:17
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