Sport: Early & Best

When he is hot, he can wind up on the tee and belt the ball a country mile. He can putt as if the ball had eyes. But nearly any pro, when he is hot, can do the same. The difference is that this year, sharpshooting Arnold Palmer, 30, has stayed happily heated up almost all the time. Ever since January, when golf pros began chasing a fast fairway dollar eastward from Los Angeles toward the big-time championships of spring and summer, Palmer has been cashing in at a record rate. By last week he had earned $24,226, more than any...

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