40 Facts About Arnold Palmer


Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's history.

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Arnold Palmer is fifth on the Tour's all-time victory list, trailing only Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan.

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Arnold Palmer won seven major titles in a six-plus-year domination from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters.

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Arnold Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Arnold Palmer learned golf from his father, who had suffered from polio at a young age and was head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, which allowed young Palmer to accompany his father as he maintained the course.

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Arnold Palmer raised his game status for the next several seasons.

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Arnold Palmer's charisma was a major factor in establishing golf as a compelling television event in the 1950s and 1960s, which set the stage for the popularity it enjoys today.

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Arnold Palmer wanted to emulate the feats of his predecessors Bobby Jones, Sam Snead and Hogan in his quest to become a leading American golfer.

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In particular, Arnold Palmer traveled to Scotland in 1960 to compete in the British Open for the first time.

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Arnold Palmer had already won both the Masters and U S Open and was trying to emulate Hogan's 1953 feat of winning all three tournaments in a single year.

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Arnold Palmer was greatly disappointed by his runner-up finish in the 1960 British Open.

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Arnold Palmer went on to win the Open Championship in 1961 and 1962, and last played in it in 1995.

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Arnold Palmer built up a wide fan base, often referred to as "Arnie's Army", and in 1967 he became the first man to reach $1 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.

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Arnold Palmer was the last playing captain in 1963, and captained the team again in 1975.

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Arnold Palmer was eligible for the Senior PGA Tour from its first season in 1980, and he was one of the marquee names who helped it to become successful.

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Arnold Palmer won ten events on the tour, including five senior majors.

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Arnold Palmer won the first World Match Play Championship that was held in England.

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Long after he ceased to win tournaments, Arnold Palmer remained one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public.

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Palmer had a diverse golf-related business career, including owning the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, which is the venue for the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational, helping to found The Golf Channel, and negotiating the deal to build the first golf course in the People's Republic of China.

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Arnold Palmer designed more than 300 golf courses in 37 states, 25 countries, and five continents, including the first modern course built in China, in 1988.

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Arnold Palmer was a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

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Matthews and associated parties counter-claimed that Arnold Palmer and associated businesses committed several acts, including breach of contract, breach of implied duty of good faith and violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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Arnold Palmer was a man of the people, willing to sign every autograph, shake every hand, and tried to look every person in his gallery in the eye.

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Arnold Palmer took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself.

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Arnold Palmer was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa - The National Leadership Honor Society in 1964 at Wake Forest University.

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Arnold Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

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Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the second golfer, after Byron Nelson, to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Arnold Palmer was married to the former Winnie Walzer for 45 years; the couple had two daughters.

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Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, is a professional golfer who grew up playing at Bay Hill, where he won the club championship at age 15.

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Arnold Palmer married his second wife, Kathleen Gawthrop, in 2005 in Hawaii.

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Arnold Palmer first visited Orlando in 1948 during a college match.

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When he took up residence in Orlando, Arnold Palmer helped the city become a recreation destination, "turning the entire state of Florida into a golfing paradise".

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Arnold Palmer created the Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation to help children and youth.

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Arnold Palmer noted that many of his colleagues smoked, and he even endorsed the product in television commercials.

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Later in life, Arnold Palmer made a complete about-face and urged the public to give up smoking.

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Arnold Palmer said that cigarette smoking has a negative effect on every organ in the body.

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Arnold Palmer was approached on multiple occasions by the Republican Party encouraging him to run for political office, but declined on each occasion.

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Arnold Palmer was admitted three days earlier to undergo testing on his heart.

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Less than a week after Arnold Palmer died, his life was celebrated by both teams at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities.

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Arnold Palmer had won more than 22 Ryder Cup matches and had captained Team USA to two victories, in addition to holding or being tied for the records for youngest captain, most career singles points and most points in a single Ryder Cup.

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