Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer to receive Congressional Gold Medal

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Arnold Palmer is going back to the White House to meet another president and collect another medal.
Palmer said Tuesday that he has been selected to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, an honour that has been around since the American Revolution and recognizes distinguished achievements and contributions.
Beyond his seven major championships, Palmer used his charisma and hard-charging style to make an elite sport popular with the masses. In golf circles, he is known simply as "The King."
Palmer said the presentation from President Barack Obama would be Wednesday at the White House.
He also received the National Sports Award from former president Bill Clinton in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former president George W. Bush in 2004.
Palmer is the second golfer to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, which must be co-sponsored by two-thirds of the House and Senate. Byron Nelson received the medal posthumously, shortly after his death in 2006. The medal has been presented 141 times, the first one to George Washington in 1776.
"I didn't know George Washington," Palmer said with a grin. "But if I did, I would shake his hand and say, 'You're the first, and I won't be the last."'
The medal caps a big month for Palmer, who turned 80 on Sept. 10 and had a birthday party that stretched out over two weeks. Among the festivities was throwing out the first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
"I threw an 80 m.p.h. fastball right down the centre of the plate," Palmer said. "And they took me out."

Organizations: The King, Pittsburgh Pirates

Geographic location: ORLANDO

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