After Arnie: How Two Close Friends Cope With Palmer’s Passing

By  Jaime Diaz Two of the men who were closest to Arnold Palmer—in age and in the professional and personal ways they assisted their great friend—were Doc Giffin and Charlie Mechem.At 87, Giffin is as old as Palmer was at his death on Sept. 25. A former Pittsburgh newspaper man, Giffin has since 1966 been the ubiquitous and efficient, but uncannily unobtrusive, “Assistant to Arnold Palmer.” Mechem, who will be 87 next September, is the former LPGA commissioner who, since 1996, was Palmer’s


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