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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Arnold Palmer rallies to win in playoff
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 9, 1962

The year before, Arnold Palmer blew the Masters when he took a double-bogey six on the final hole, allowing Gary Player to beat him by a stroke. In today's three-man 18-hole Masters playoff, it appears as if Player is going to beat Palmer again, having taken a three-shot lead after nine holes.

But Palmer roars back. He picks up two shots on the 10th hole when he birdies and Player bogeys. It's the start of a streak of five birdies in seven holes for Palmer, who shoots an amazing 31 on the back nine. His 4-under-par 68 enables him to win the playoff by three strokes over Player (71) and nine over Dow Finsterwald (78).

Asked about Palmer's fantastic finish, Player says, "There just isn't any way you can beat that guy."

The victory is Palmer's third in the Masters. He will win it again in 1964.

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