|Full Name||Arnold Daniel Palmer|
|Nickname (s)||The King|
|Profession (s)||Golf Player|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||In feet: 5 ft. 10 in.|
|In cm: 177.8 cm|
|In m: 1.778 m|
|Weight (approx.)||In kg: 84 kg|
|In pound: 185 lb|
|Date of Birth||September 10th, 1929|
|Date of Death||September 25th, 2016 (aged 87)|
|Place of Birth||Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Place of Death||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Education||Attended Wake Forest College, 1947-1951 (dropped out the senior year)|
|Military service||US Coast Guard, 1951-1954|
|Sisters||Lois Jean Tilley, Sandra Sarni|
|Wives||Kathleen Gawthrop(m. 2005–2016), Winifred Walzer(m. 1954–1999)|
|Daughters||Amy Palmer, Peggy Palmer|
|Awards and Honors||1957 Golf Digest’s Byron Nelson Award
1960 The Hickok Belt
1960 PGA Player of the Year
1960-63 Golf Digest’s Byron Nelson Award
1961-62 PGA’s Vardon Trophy
1962 PGA Player of the Year
1964 PGA’s Vardon Trophy
1967 PGA’s Vardon Trophy
1969 The Richardson Award by Golf’s Writers Association of America
1970 Associated Press Athlete of the Decade (for the 1960s)
1972 US Golf Association Bobby Jones Award
1974 Charter Member of World Golf Hall of Fame
1975 Golf Digest Man of Silver Era
1976 GWAA Charlie Bartlett Award
1978 Herb Graffiti Award
1979 Inducted into PGA Hall of Fame
1983 Old Tom Morris Award
1989 American Senior Golf Association National Award
1991 Ambassador of Golf Award, World Series of Golf
1992 National Sports Award, Washington D.C.
1996 Golfer of the Century
|Career Achievements||Amateur wins – 26
Amateur Major wins – 01
PGA Tour wins – 62
European Tour wins – 02
Australian tour wins – 02
Other wins – 14
Senior PGA Tour wins – 10
Other Senior wins – 05
Major Championship wins – 07
Senior Major Championship wins – 05
|Arnold Palmer from Quotes||
Lesser known facts about Arnold Palmer
- Arnold Daniel Palmer was born on September 19th, 1929 to Doris and Milfred Jerome “Deacon” Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
- Arnold’s father suffered from polio at a young age and was head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country club. The young Palmer learned golf from this father.
- Palmer attended the Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship and dropped out after the death of his close friend and enlisted in the U.S Coast Guard and served there for three years (1951-1954).
- After winning the 1954 U.S Amateur in Detroit, Palmer decided to turn pro by November of that year.
- That victory was the turning point of Palmer’s life and after the victory, he quit his job and played in the Waite Memorial tournament in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania where he met Winifred Walzer and got married for 45 years.
Palmer’s Life and Career timeline
- In 1954 Palmer won the United States Golf Association Amateur championship.
- In the month of November, in 1954, he turns pro and signed a sponsorship contract with the Wilson Sporting goods.
- He bags The Masters the victories consecutively in the years 1958,1960,1962,1964.
- In 1960 Palmer gains victory in the US Open followed by the victories in British Open in the years 1961 and 1962.
- In 1971, Palmer bought the Latrobe Country club where he learned to play golf.
- In 1974 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- In 1980 he won the Seniors Championship and won US Seniors Open in 1981.
- In 1993 he was presented with the National Sports Award by President Bill Clinton.
- In 1994, Palmer made his final appearance at the US Open and also the final appearance at the British Open in 1995.
- He was diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer from 1996-1997.
- In 1997, the Palmer Cup was established that showcased the competition between the American and European college golfers.
- In 2003, Arnold Palmer Prostate Center was established, it is a part of Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center in Rancho Mirage, California.
- In 2004, Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
- In 2004, Palmer made his 50th and final appearance at the Masters.
- Palmer played his last Champions Tour event in 2006.
- In 2007, the Bay Hill Invitational held at Palmer’s Bay Hill Club was renamed as the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
- On 25th of March, 2012, Palmer was hospitalized overnight due to the high blood pressure and was unable to present the winner’s trophy to Tiger Woods.
- On 12th of September, 2012, Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal signed by President Barack Obama in 2009. Palmer is the sixth sportsman to receive the award.
- In March 2016, Palmer was ranked third on Forbes 2016 list among the Highest-Paid retired Athletes with his estimated earnings of $40 million in 2015.
- On 25th of September, 2016, Palmer died at the age of 87.
Palmer’s Career in numbers
- 2 – Best 18-hole round in 1959 and 1966 at Thunderbird Invitational and Los Angeles Open respectively.
- 7 – Major wins (four Master titles, two Opens, and the US Open has him on the joint seventh on the all-time list)
- 13 – Streets are named after him in the US.
- 20 – Career holes in one.
- 50 – Consecutive appearances at the Masters.
- 52 – Official length in the years of his golf career.
- 319 – Career starts on Champions and Seniors Tour.
- 734 – Career starts on the PGA Tour.
- 2,400 – Palmer’s first winner’s cheque for victory at the Canadian Open in 1955.
- 4,408,211 – Career earning as a player on the PGA and Champions Tours.
- 30,000,000 – Estimated off-course earnings.
Other Facts about Palmer
- Palmer learned to play golf at the age of three.
- He was the winner of over 90 golf tournaments and the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
- His fans were known as the Arnie’s Army and followed him on the weekly PGA tours.
- He left Wake Forest and joined the military service US Coast guard after his roommate Bud Worsham was killed in a car accident.
- Palmer proposed his first wife after knowing her for only three days.
- He was a licensed jet pilot and flew a Cessna Citation X.