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Arnold Palmer was an American Golfer and is regarded as one of the greatest players of the game

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1929
Died onSeptember 25, 2016
NationalityAmerican
FamousGolf Player, Humanitarian, Sportspersons, Golfers
Nick namesThe King
SpousesKathleen Gawthrop (m. 2005), Winifred Walzer (m. 1954–1999)
Childrens Amy Palmer, Peggy Palmer
Universities
  • Wake Forest University
Birth PlaceLatrobe
GenderMale
FatherMilford Palmers,
MotherDoris
Net Worth$1.35 billion
Sun SignVirgo
Born inLatrobe
Famous asGolf Player
Died at Age87

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Who is Arnold Palmer?

Arnold Palmer turned the status of the game of golf from being a mere game to a compelling sports activity. Fondly nicknamed The King, he was associated with the tremendous golf boom that the sporting activity witnessed in the latter half of the twentieth century that none ever anticipated. One of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf, he, with his charismatic looks, not just made the game popular but successfully broke the jinx of golf as being the pastime of the elite and upper class only. He widened the accessibility of the game to the middle and working class, thus establishing a new found reputation to golf. A trailblazer of the golfing world, he, in his lifetime won 92 tournaments and became the highest earner of the sport. What’s more, even after ceasing to win tournaments, he remained as one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public. It was due to his sheer sportsmanship and excellence at playing the games that he became the first golfer ever to be bestowed with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor. Even after retirement, Palmer contributed to the sports in a big way by turning into an acute businessman and golf course designer.

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Childhood & Early Life

Arnold Palmer was born to Milfred Deacon Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. His father was a head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club.

It was his father who embedded in young Palmer the seed of golf. Picking up the trick of the sport since early on, he trained himself at the game like his father.

By the time he turned 17, he had won two state interscholastic championships. It was his excellence over the game that helped him bag a seat at the Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship.

The tragic death of his friend led him to drop out of the university in the senior year. He instead drafted himself in the US Coast Guard, thus taking a hiatus of three years both from education and golf.

Relieved from his duties after three years, he resumed college and golf activities. Soon he gained his form and went on to win the 1954 US Amateur title and the Ohio Amateur Championship. It was these wins in amateur tournaments that helped him turn a pro.

Career

His professional career started on a good note as he recorded victory at the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season. He continued displaying powerful performances which helped him bag a series of victories.

Though his proficiency at the game earned him a streak of wins, it was the victory at the 1958 Masters Tournament that launched him as a professional golfer earning him much fame and recognition.

In 1969, he became one of the clients of the pioneering sports agent, Mark McCormack. The same year, he won the US Open and yet again recorded a victory at the Masters Tournament.

With an aim to recreate the winning streak of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and Sam Snead of winning all the three in a single year, he headed to Scotland to play at The Open Championship. However, he lost the title by a shot to KelNagle. Nevertheless, he earned himself a huge fan base amongst the British and Europeans.

The first three years of the 1960s was the most successful years in his career as he recorded massive victories. He not just won the 29 PGA Tour titles but earned a whopping $400,000 in prize money. Furthermore, he served as a winning captain of the US Ryder Cup.

He recorded back to back victories at The Open Championship in 1961 and 1962. Furthermore, he won two more Masters Tournaments title in 1962 and 1964, taking the total to four titles, the first ever recorded by a golfer

From 1955 to 1971, he won a PGA Tour event every year. In 1967, he became the first man to eclipse one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. In 1971, he won four events in a revival series. Four years later, he yet again captained the US Ryder team.

Later in life, i.e. in 1980, he became eligible in the Senior PGA Tour, which is currently known as the Champions Tour. He enjoyed big victories in the Senior Tour, winning ten events on the tour including five senior majors.

He recorded a victory at the first World Match Play Championship in England. In 2004, he competed in the Masters Tournament, thus making his 50th consecutive and last appearance at the tournament.

It was in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open that he announced his retirement from senior majors. He officially retired from tournament golf on October 13, 2006. In his overall career, he recorded 92 titles, with seven major championships including four Masters, two British Opens and one US Open.

Other than sports, he had great acumen for business as well and enjoys a diverse golf-related business career. He was the owner of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Latrobe Country Club, where his father used to be a club professional.

Furthermore, he helped found The Golf Channel and built the first golf course in the People's Republic of China. He even founded a beverage, Arnold Palmer, which combines iced sweet tea with lemonade.

Awards & Achievements

In 1974, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

In 1998, he was presented with the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2000, he was ranked as the sixth greatest player of all time in the Golf Digest magazine.

He was conferred with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Five years later, he was bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal.

Since 2007, he had been the honorary starter of the masters Tournament and for three years from 2007 to 2009, he was the sole honorary starter

Personal Life & Legacy

He tied the nuptial knot with Winnie Palmer. The couple stayed together for 45 years until her death in 1999 due to complications arising out of ovarian cancer.

In 2005, he married Kathleen Gawthrop.

His grandson, Sam Saunders is a professional golfer

Other than golfing and business, he was a passionate pilot for 50 years. In January 2011, he took his last ride as a pilot.

He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 2016, at the age of 87.

He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 2016, at the age of 87.

Trivia

Nicknamed The King, he not only is the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament but also is the first golfer to win the Masters four times.

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Arnold Palmer awards

YearNameAward

Other

2004 - Presidential Medal of Freedom
2009 - Congressional Gold Medal
1960 - Sportsman of the Year

Arnold Palmer biography timelines

  • // 10th Sep 1929
    Arnold Palmer was born to Milfred Deacon Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. His father was a head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club.
  • // 1954
    Relieved from his duties after three years, he resumed college and golf activities. Soon he gained his form and went on to win the 1954 US Amateur title and the Ohio Amateur Championship. It was these wins in amateur tournaments that helped him turn a pro.
  • // 1954 To 1999
    He tied the nuptial knot with Winnie Palmer. The couple stayed together for 45 years until her death in 1999 due to complications arising out of ovarian cancer.
  • // 1955
    His professional career started on a good note as he recorded victory at the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season. He continued displaying powerful performances which helped him bag a series of victories.
  • // 1955 To 1971
    From 1955 to 1971, he won a PGA Tour event every year. In 1967, he became the first man to eclipse one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. In 1971, he won four events in a revival series. Four years later, he yet again captained the US Ryder team.
  • // 1958
    Though his proficiency at the game earned him a streak of wins, it was the victory at the 1958 Masters Tournament that launched him as a professional golfer earning him much fame and recognition.
  • // 1961 To 1964
    He recorded back to back victories at The Open Championship in 1961 and 1962. Furthermore, he won two more Masters Tournaments title in 1962 and 1964, taking the total to four titles, the first ever recorded by a golfer
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he became one of the clients of the pioneering sports agent, Mark McCormack. The same year, he won the US Open and yet again recorded a victory at the Masters Tournament.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  • // 1980
    Later in life, i.e. in 1980, he became eligible in the Senior PGA Tour, which is currently known as the Champions Tour. He enjoyed big victories in the Senior Tour, winning ten events on the tour including five senior majors.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he was presented with the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was ranked as the sixth greatest player of all time in the Golf Digest magazine.
  • // 2004
    He recorded a victory at the first World Match Play Championship in England. In 2004, he competed in the Masters Tournament, thus making his 50th consecutive and last appearance at the tournament.
  • // 2004
    He was conferred with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Five years later, he was bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • // 2005 To 2006
    It was in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open that he announced his retirement from senior majors. He officially retired from tournament golf on October 13, 2006. In his overall career, he recorded 92 titles, with seven major championships including four Masters, two British Opens and one US Open.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he married Kathleen Gawthrop.
  • // 2007 To 2009
    Since 2007, he had been the honorary starter of the masters Tournament and for three years from 2007 to 2009, he was the sole honorary starter
  • // 2011
    Other than golfing and business, he was a passionate pilot for 50 years. In January 2011, he took his last ride as a pilot.
  • // 25th Sep 2016
    He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 2016, at the age of 87.
  • // 25th Sep 2016
    He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 2016, at the age of 87.

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Arnold Palmer's FAQ

  • What is Arnold Palmer birthday?

    Arnold Palmer was born at 1929-09-10

  • When was Arnold Palmer died?

    Arnold Palmer was died at 2016-09-25

  • Where was Arnold Palmer died?

    Arnold Palmer was died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Which age was Arnold Palmer died?

    Arnold Palmer was died at age 87

  • Where is Arnold Palmer's birth place?

    Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe

  • What is Arnold Palmer nationalities?

    Arnold Palmer's nationalities is American

  • What is Arnold Palmer nick names?

    Arnold Palmer's nickNames is The King

  • Who is Arnold Palmer spouses?

    Arnold Palmer's spouses is Kathleen Gawthrop (m. 2005), Winifred Walzer (m. 1954–1999)

  • Who is Arnold Palmer childrens?

    Arnold Palmer's childrens is Amy Palmer, Peggy Palmer

  • What was Arnold Palmer universities?

    Arnold Palmer studied at Wake Forest University

  • Who is Arnold Palmer's father?

    Arnold Palmer's father is Milford Palmers,

  • Who is Arnold Palmer's mother?

    Arnold Palmer's mother is Doris

  • What is Arnold Palmer's sun sign?

    Arnold Palmer is Virgo

  • How famous is Arnold Palmer?

    Arnold Palmer is famouse as Golf Player