|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Residence|| Latrobe, Pennsylvania |
|College||Wake Forest University|
|Tours|| PGA Tour (joined 1955) |
Champions Tour (joined 1980)
|Professional wins (94)|
|PGA Tour||62 (5th all time)|
|Other|| 17 (Regular) |
| Best Results in Major Championships|
|Masters||Won 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964|
|U.S. Open||Won 1960|
|British Open||Won 1961, 1962|
|PGA Championship||T2: 1964, 1968, 1970|
| PGA Tour |
|1958, 1960, 1962, 1963|
| PGA |
Player of the Year
|Vardon Trophy||1961, 1962, 1964, 1967|
|Old Tom Morris Award||1983|
Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King," he is one of golf's most popular stars and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.
Palmer's charisma was a major factor in establishing golf as a compelling television event in the 1950s and 1960s, setting the stage for the popularity it enjoys today. His first major championship win at the 1958 Masters cemented his position as one of the leading stars in golf, and by 1960 he had signed up as pioneering sports agent Mark McCormack's first client. In later interviews, McCormack listed five attributes that made Palmer especially marketable: his good looks; his relatively modest background (his father was a greenkeeper before rising to be club professional and Latrobe was a humble club); the way he played golf, taking risks and wearing his emotions on his sleeve; his involvement in a string of exciting finishes in early televised tournaments; and his affability.
Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among US players. Before Palmer, relatively few American professionals attempted to play The Open due to its travel requirements, small prize purses, foreign environment, and the style of its links courses (radically different from most American courses). Palmer's successive Open wins in the early 1960s convinced many American pros that a trip to Britain would be worth the effort. Of course, the advent of transatlantic air travel by jet at about that time also contributed greatly to making The Open a more attractive tournament for American pros.
He has won seven major championships:
Palmer's most prolific years were 1960-1963, when he won 29 PGA Tour events in four seasons. In 1960, he won the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year and Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award. He built up a wide fan base, often referred to as "Arnie's Army", and in 1967 he became the first man to reach one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. By the late 1960s Jack Nicklaus had acquired clear ascendancy in their rivalry, but Palmer won a PGA Tour event every year up to 1970, and in 1971 he enjoyed a revival, winning four events.
Palmer won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average four times: 1961, 1962, 1964, and 1967. He played on six Ryder Cup teams: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, and 1973. He was the last playing-captain in 1963 and captained the team again in 1975.
Palmer was eligible for the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) from its first season in 1980, and he was one of the marquee names who helped it to become successful. He won ten events on the tour, including five senior majors.
Palmer won the first World Match Play Championship in England, an event which was originally organised by McCormack to showcase his stable of players. Their partnership was one of the most significant in the history of sports marketing. Long after he ceased to win tournaments, Palmer remained one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public.
In 2004, he competed in The Masters for the last time, marking his 50th consecutive appearance in that event. After missing the cut at the 2005 U.S. Senior Open by twenty-one shots he announced that he would not enter any more senior majors. He retired from tournament golf on October 13, 2006, when he withdrew from the Champions Tours' Administaff Small Business Classic after four holes due to dissatisfaction with his own play. He played the remaining holes but did not keep score. Palmer's legacy was reaffirmed by an electrifying moment during the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational. Standing over 200 yards from the water-laden 18th green, Palmer, who is known for his aggressive play, lashed his second shot onto the green with a driver. The shot thrilled his loyal gallery and energized the excitable Palmer. He turned to his grandson and caddie, Sam Saunders, and gave him a prolonged shimmy and playful jeering in celebration of the moment.
Palmer has had a diverse golf related business career including owning "Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge", which is the venue for the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational (renamed from the Bay Hill Invitational effective 2007), helping to found The Golf Channel, and negotiating the deal to build the first golf course in the People's Republic of China. This led to the formation of Palmer Course Design in 1972, which was renamed Arnold Palmer Design Company when the company moved to Orlando Florida in 2006. Since 1971 he has owned Latrobe Country Club, where his father used to be the club professional. Palmer's ability to win with boldness and charisma was the single biggest factor in the game's explosive growth after 1960.
In 2000, Palmer was ranked the sixth greatest player of all time in Golf Digest magazine's rankings.
He now resides near his golf course, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Country Club and Lodge, in Orlando, Florida.
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runners Up|
|1958||The Masters||Tied for lead||-4 (70-73-68-73=284)||1 stroke||Doug Ford, Fred Hawkins|
|1960||The Masters (2)||1 shot lead||-6 (67-73-72-70=282)||1 stroke||Ken Venturi|
|1960||U.S. Open||7 shot deficit||-4 (72-71-72-65=280)||2 strokes||Jack Nicklaus|
|1961||The Open Championship||1 shot lead||-8 (70-73-69-72=284)||1 stroke||Dai Rees|
|1962||The Masters (3)||2 shot lead||-8 (70-66-69-75=280)||Playoff 1||Gary Player, Dow Finsterwald|
|1962||The Open Championship (2)||5 shot lead||-12 (71-69-67-69=276)||6 strokes||Kel Nagle|
|1964||The Masters (4)||5 shot lead||-12 (69-68-69-70=276)||6 strokes||Dave Marr, Jack Nicklaus|
1 Defeated Gary Player & Dow Finsterwald in 18-hole playoff - Palmer (68), Player (71), Finsterwald (77)
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||2||1||1||T26||DNP||16||T8||DNP||T10||DNP|
|The Open Championship||12||DNP||T7||T14||DNP||T16||T55||7||T34||DNP|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T23||T27||T56||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Major championships are shown in bold.
Senior majors are shown in bold.