Arnold Palmer Still Has Mad Game, Lands Kate Upton Kiss

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 22, 2013

Photo Credit: Cori Britt Twitter
Photo Credit: Cori Britt Twitter

At 83 years old, Arnold Palmer is far more cool and suave than I can ever hope to be. The golf legend recently had a date with Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton, and even managed to land a smooch on her cheek. 

Golf Channel reports on the charmed life of the golf icon. The most interesting and rather adorable anecdote came when Palmer realized he would be meeting America's sweetheart:

Oh, and he's having dinner with Kate Upton this week.

"Did you see this?" Palmer said, holding up theSports Illustrated swimsuit issue with Upton on the cover. "She's coming here. Did you know that?"

He put it back on his desk, gave it one last look, and then grabbed a stack of papers to place over the magazine.

"I better cover this up," he said.

Now, you might wonder how a meeting of Palmer and Upton came to pass. The report sums it up rather nicely:

The manager for Upton is Lisa Benson, whose father is from Punxsutawney and used to play golf regularly with Palmer at Latrobe Country Club. She was looking for a job at IMG, which, in addition to managing sports and entertainment, also represents top models. Her father talked to Palmer, who talked to IMG to arrange an interview. She got the job and years later connected with Upton.

Upton grew up in Melbourne on the central coast of Florida, and her parents were huge Palmer fans. Given the back story, Upton thought it would be a great idea to come to Bay Hill, meet with Palmer and see the work he is doing with the hospitals. She also plans to take part in a social media campaign involving the "Arnold Palmer" tea drink.

That tea drink happens to be one of the more refreshing concoctions ever invented. You know, just in case you're scoring this at home. 

Anyway, the two finally met and it led to pretty much the best picture on the Internet at the moment. Here it is courtesy of a tweet from Cori Britt, the Vice President of Arnold Palmer Enterprises:

Now comes the question as to which celebrity was the most fortunate. On the one hand, you have a beautiful supermodel who just went back-to-back on SI swimsuit covers. On the other, you have a living legend. 

Let's give up that debate and just settle on something that has been true for over 80 years: It's good to be Arnold Palmer.