Arnold Palmer : Born, Died, Net Worth, Spouse, Golf Hall Of Fame

Arnold Palmer: Born, Died, Net Worth, Spouse, Golf Hall Of Fame
Written by Jon Snow



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
Eye color Hazel
Hair color White

Personal Information

Date of Birth September 10th, 1929
Date of Death September 25th, 2016 (aged 87)
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Place of Birth Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Death Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Education Attended Wake Forest College, 1947-1951 (dropped out the senior year)
Military service US Coast Guard, 1951-1954

Family Information

Father Deacon Palmer
Mother Doris
Brother Jerry Palmer
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
  • “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
  • “Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”
  • “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
  • “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”
  • “The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.”
  • “Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you are in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one.”
  • “I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
  • “I never heard Jack Nicklaus say, ‘I’m a great player,’ or Tiger Woods, as a matter of fact. They just get out and do it. And I think that’s far more appealing… than talking about how good you are.”
  • “I probably have a club in my hands 360 days a year, one way or another, playing with friends or just fiddling around or hitting balls.”
  • “Great touch is often written off simply as ‘talent,’ which is crucial because a good swing can take a golfer only so far. I’ve seen thousands of fantastic swings in my day, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.”
  • “It is rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”
  • “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
  • “We can argue about major championships and whether Tiger will ever surpass Jack’s 18 majors, but what can’t be argued is this: Tiger Woods is the most dominant, most skilled player we’ve ever seen.”
  • “I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.”
  • “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”
  • “As my father taught me, and he drove home that point, he said, ‘Just remember something. You don’t need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are.’ And he drove that home with me. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game take that away and show them that I could play well enough.”
  • “There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth… It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.”
  • “You must play boldly to win.”
  • “I find myself getting associated with a lot of younger people in the game. I still enjoy playing with them, and I think they still enjoy playing with me. As long as I can stay competitive and have fun doing what I’m doing, I guess I’ll keep doing it.”
  • “To me, wearing glasses is no pleasure, but once I conceded that I simply couldn’t properly judge distance without them, I began to experiment. I tried glasses and found them uncomfortable. I switched to contact lenses, and they also bothered me.”
  • “The winners at the Olympics step up, bursting with pride because everything that they have worked for and all their dedication is rewarded in a climax that I, and most golfers, will never experience.”
  • “Golf challenges you mentally at any age, and when you become my age, it’s a challenge physically to try to make your game work as well as it ever did. That’s close to impossible, but that doesn’t keep you from trying to hit the ball where you used to hit it and make the putts you used to make all the time.”
  • “Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation.”
  • “My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.”
  • “I grew up in poverty on the edge of a golf course. I saw how people lived on the other side of the tracks, the upper crust and the WASPs at the country club. We had chickens and pigs in our yards. We butchered every year. I’ll never forget those things.”
  • “My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in.”
  • “I’ve stated my position, and that is that we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf. I would hope that we’d play under one set of rules, and those rules would include a ban on the long putter hooked to the body in some way, shape or form.”
  • “Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”
  • “I quit flying myself last year and that was difficult for me because I enjoy it as much as playing golf. It was an adjustment sitting in the back of the plane, rather than at the controls, but I’ve grown accustomed to it and enjoy reading a book, doing some work or challenging my wife to a game of dominos.”
  • “I try to design golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.”
  • “Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.”
  • “You don’t go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you’re building a golf course.”
  • “What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
  • “I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.”
  • “I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
  • “It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He’s aware of where he is and what he’s doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of rightness.”
  • “It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He’s aware of where he is and what he’s doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of rightness.”

Lesser known facts about Arnold Palmer

Earlier Life

arnold palmer early life

  • 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’s Career in numbers

  • 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 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.


Ques. How did Arnold Palmer get its name?

Ans. The Arnold Palmer is a name commonly used for a non-alcoholic beverage that combines iced tea and lemonade. The name “Arnold Palmer” refers to the professional American golfer Arnold Palmer, who was known to often request and drink this beverage combination; some attribute the invention of the beverage to the golfer.

Ques. What was Arnold Palmer’s net worth?

Ans. He becomes the first player to win $1 million in career earnings. The net worth of Arnold Palmer during the time of his death was valued at $ 875 million.

Ques. When did Arnold Palmer die?

Ans. Palmer died on September 25, 2016 (shortly after his 87th birthday) while awaiting heart surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was admitted three days earlier to undergo testing on his heart.

Ques. Why was Arnold Palmer called the king?

Ans. Regarded as one of the greatest players in pro golf, Arnold Palmer earned the nickname “The King” not just because of his ability to win major tournaments, but because of his personality and his unique appeal to his fans as well.

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