All About Brad!
Registered: Jun 2003
Local time: 11:32 AM
Location: Freezing in Colorado
HOUSTON, United States (AFP) - Golfing legend Arnold Palmer announced his engagement to Kit Gawthrop, going public with plans to remarry at age 74.
Palmer was married to his first wife, Winnie, for 45 years before she died in 1999 of ovarian cancer.
No date has been set, but Palmer declared that his golfing fans, the fabled Arnie's Army, will not know about his wedding until after the fact.
"We're thinking about (a date)," Palmer said. "When it happens, no one will know. We will do it in private."
Gawthrop, divorced 20 years ago after her first marriage lasted for 30 years, said the two have discussed wedding plans for six months but was surprised Palmer went public here at a news conference at the PGA's season-ending Tour Championship.
"We have known for about six months," she said. "We just haven't talked about it. I was surprised he said anything."
Gawthrop said she often finds herself often being asked where the wedding will be, when it will take place and how many people will be invited.
"I'm always saying the same three answers - I don't know, I don't know and probably three, not a big event."
The couple spend much of their time together living in the San Francisco area, where they have been seen attending baseball and golf events.
Palmer has two daughters by his first wife and seven grandchildren. He runs a golf course design business and remains a popular endorsement figure.
Palmer has won 62 US PGA events, 14 international titles and 10 Senior Tour events. His role as a golf spokesman and the sport's top star in the 1960s helped popularize the game in America and contributed to the global growth of the sport.
He won the 1961 and 1962 British Opens, the Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964 and the US Open in 1960.
In 2001, Palmer became only the third player in PGA history to shoot his age, firing a one-under par 71 in the final round of the Bob Hope (news) Classic.