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Palmer Pleased With TPC Golf Course

August 9, 2001

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) _ Arnold Palmer is much happier with the TPC of the Twin Cities than his recent play.

Palmer, who will began play Friday in the 3M Championship, teamed with PGA Tour player Tom Lehman to design the course.

``I think the golf course is wonderful,″ Palmer said Thursday. ``There were a few things we had to be concerned with when we built it, but we solved them easily. We had a great contractor. The course will be tough if the wind blows.″

The 71-year-old star is cutting back his schedule as he struggles with his play.

``My game has not been good at all this year,″ Palmer said. ``I’m probably at the low ebb of my career. At that point in my life, I probably should accept that, but I’m not ready to do that. But my career has been great and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I won’t set a date when I’ll stop playing.″

The tournament has moved to the TPC course after eight years at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

``This course will offer a little more excitement than Bunker Hills,″ money leader Allen Doyle said. ``It has water, and it will maybe set up more excitement at the end. Things can change pretty quickly at the last couple of holes.″

Doyle tops the field along with two-time winner Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Bruce Fleisher, Larry Nelson, Gil Morgan and Bobby Wadkins. Wadkins won the Long Island Classic last week in his senior debut.

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