Arnold Palmer

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Date of Birth September 10, 1929
Place of Birth Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Sep 25, 2016 (87)
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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's history. Dating back to 1955, he won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit now known as PGA Tour Champions. Nicknamed The King, he was one of golf's most popular stars and seen as a trailblazer, the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s. Palmer's social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf from an elite, upper-class pastime to a more populist sport accessible to middle and working classes. Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player were "The Big Three" in golf during the 1960s; they are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. In a career spanning more than six decades, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973.

Full name: Arnold Daniel Palmer
Nickname: The King
Born: September 10, 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: September 25, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Children: 2 daughters
College: Wake Forest College
Turned professional: 1954
Retired: 2006
Former tour(s): PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins: 95
PGA Tour: 62 (5th all time)
European Tour: 2
PGA Tour of Australasia: 2
PGA Tour Champions: 10
Other: 21
Masters Tournament: Won: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
U.S. Open: Won: 1960
The Open Championship: Won: 1961, 1962
PGA Championship: T2: 1964, 1968, 1970
World Golf Hall of Fame: 1974 (member page)
PGA Tour, leading money winner: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
PGA Player of the Year: 1960, 1962
Vardon Trophy: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
Sports Illustrated, Sportsman of the Year: 1960
Bob Jones Award: 1971
Old Tom Morris Award: 1983
PGA Tour Lifetime, Achievement Award: 1998
Payne Stewart Award: 2000
Presidential Medal, of Freedom: 2004
Congressional Gold Medal: 2009
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About Arnold Palmer

Championship PGA golfer known as The King. He won four Masters Tournaments from 1958 to 1964 as well as two Open Championships and the 1960 U.S. Open. He was named PGA Player of the Year in 1960 and 1962 and inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Before Fame

He went to Wake Forest University for golf but dropped out after the death of a friend.


He gained a reputation for drinking a mixture of iced tea and lemonade and years later, the combination was turned into a mass-produced beverage sold under his name.

Family Life

He was married to Winifred Walzer for 45 years. Following his wife's death, he married Kathleen Gawthrop. He had two daughters named Peggy and Amy. His grandson, Sam Saunders, became a professional golfer.


He was a part of the Big Three in golf with the great Jack Nicklaus.

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