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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer
— Golfer —
Palmer in September 2009
Personal information
Full name Arnold Daniel Palmer
Nickname The King
Born (1929-09-10) September 10, 1929
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Nationality  United States
Residence Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Orlando, Florida
Spouse Winifred Walzer Palmer
(m. 1954–99, her death)
Kathleen Gawthrop
(m. 2005)
College Wake Forest College
Turned professional 1954
Retired 2006
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 95
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 62 (5th all time)
European Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 2
Champions Tour 10
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 7)
Masters Tournament Won: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
U.S. Open Won: 1960
The Open Championship Won: 1961, 1962
PGA Championship T2: 1964, 1968, 1970
Achievements and awards
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
Bob Jones Award 1971
Old Tom Morris Award 1983
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
Payne Stewart Award 2000
Presidential Medal
of Freedom
Congressional Gold Medal 2009

Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history. 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 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 as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes.[1] Palmer is part of "The Big Three" in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world.

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.


  • Career outline 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Rise to superstardom 1.2
    • Golf businesses 1.3
  • Legacy 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Pilot 3.1
  • Amateur wins (26) 4
    • Amateur major wins (1) 4.1
    • Results timeline 4.2
  • Professional wins (95) 5
    • PGA Tour wins (62) 5.1
    • Other wins (18) 5.2
    • Senior PGA Tour wins (10) 5.3
    • Other senior wins (5) 5.4
  • Major championships 6
    • Wins (7) 6.1
    • Results timeline 6.2
    • Summary 6.3
  • Champions Tour major championships 7
    • Wins (5) 7.1
  • U.S. national team appearances 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Career outline

Early life

Twenty-three-year-old Arnold Palmer in the United States Coast Guard in 1953
Palmer in 1953

Palmer was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He learned golf from his father, Milfred (Deacon) Palmer who had suffered from polio at a young age and was head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, allowing young Arnold to accompany his father as he maintained the course.[2]

Palmer attended Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship. He left upon the death of close friend Bud Worsham and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, where he served for three years and had some time to continue to hone his golf skills. Palmer returned to college and competitive golf. His win in the 1954 U.S. Amateur made him decide to try the pro tour for a while, and he and new bride Winifred Walzer (whom he had met at a Pennsylvania tournament) traveled the circuit for 1955. Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was a one-year ahead of Palmer at Latrobe high school.

Rise to superstardom

Palmer won the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season, and raised his game status for the next several seasons. 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 Tournament 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 greenskeeper 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.[3]

Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among U.S. players. After Ben Hogan won that championship in 1953, few American professionals had traveled to play in The Open, due to its travel requirements, relatively small prize purses, and the style of its links courses (radically different from most American courses). Palmer was convinced by his business partner Mark McCormack that success in the Open — to emulate the feats of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead and Hogan before him — would truly make him a global sporting star, not simply a leading American golfer. In particular, Palmer traveled to Scotland in 1960, having already won both the Masters and U.S. Open, to try to emulate Hogan's feat of 1953, of winning all three in a single year. He failed, losing out to Kel Nagle by a single shot, but his subsequent Open wins in the early 1960s convinced many American pros that a trip to Britain would be worth the effort, and certainly secured Palmer's popularity among British and European fans, not just American ones.

Palmer won seven major championships:

Palmer's most prolific years were 1960–1963, when he won 29 PGA Tour events, including five major tournament victories, 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 and Gary Player had both acquired clear ascendancy in their rivalry, but Palmer won a PGA Tour event every year from 1955 to 1971 inclusive, 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 organized 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.

Palmer gives President Bush golf tips before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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 21 shots, he announced that he would not enter any more senior majors.

Since 2007, Palmer has served as the honorary starter for the Masters.[5] 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.[6] Palmer's legacy was reaffirmed by an electrifying moment during the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational. Standing over 200 yards from the water-guarded 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.

Golf businesses

Palmer has had a diverse golf-related business career, including owning the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, which is the venue for the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational (renamed from the Bay Hill Invitational in 2007), helping to found The Golf Channel,[7] 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. Palmer's design partner was Ed Seay. The Palmer–Seay team has designed over 200 courses around the world. Since 1971, he has owned Latrobe Country Club, where his father used to be the club professional. The licensing, endorsements, spokesman associations and commercial partnerships built by Palmer and McCormack are managed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Palmer is also a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

A case was initiated in 1997 by Palmer and fellow golfer Tiger Woods, in an effort to stop the unauthorized sale of their images and alleged signatures in the memorabilia market, against Bruce Matthews, the owner of Gotta Have It Golf, Inc. and others. Matthews and associated parties counter-claimed that 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.[8] Woods was also named in the counter-suit, accused of violating the same licensing agreement.

On March 12, 2014, a Florida jury found in favor of Gotta Have It on its breach of contract and other related claims, rejected Palmer's and Woods's counterclaims, and awarded Gotta Have It $668,346 in damages.[9][10] The award may end up exceeding $1 million once interest has been factored in, though the ruling may be appealed.

One of Palmer's most recent products is a branded use of the beverage known as the Arnold Palmer, which combines sweet iced tea with lemonade.[11]


In 2000, Palmer was ranked the sixth greatest player of all time in Golf Digest magazine's rankings.[12]

According to Golf Digest, Palmer made $1,861,857 in 734 PGA Tour career starts over 53 years; he earned an estimated $30 million off the course in 2008.[13]

Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.[14][15] He 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.

In addition to Palmer's impressive list of awards, he has been bestowed the honor of kicking off the Masters Tournament since 2007. From 2007 to 2009, Palmer was the sole honorary starter. In 2010, longtime friend and competitor Jack Nicklaus was appointed by Augusta National to join Palmer.[16] In 2012, golf's The Big Three reunited as South African golfer Gary Player joined for the ceremonial tee shots as honorary starters for the 76th playing of the Masters Tournament.[17]

Personal life

Palmer still resides in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, during spring and summer months, and winters in La Quinta, California.[18]

Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders, is a professional golfer. Saunders grew up playing at Bay Hill, and won the Club Championship there at age 15. He attended Clemson University on a golf scholarship and turned pro in 2008. Saunders stated that Palmer's family nickname is "Dumpy".[19]

Palmer was married to Winnie Palmer for 45 years. She died at age 65 on November 20, 1999 from complications due to ovarian cancer.[20] Palmer remarried in 2005 to Kathleen Gawthrop.[21]

Palmer appears on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 alongside Tiger Woods.

He has been a member of the Freemasons since 1958.[22] He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason at Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he remains an active member.


An avid pilot for over 50 years, Palmer thought he would pilot a plane for the last time on January 31, 2011. He flew from Palm Springs, California to Orlando, Florida in his Cessna Citation X.[23] His pilot's medical certificate expired that day and he chose not to renew it. However, public FAA records show he was issued a new third class medical in May 2011.

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is named for him. According to their website: "[The airport] started as the Longview Flying Field in 1924. It became J.D. Hill Airport in 1928, Latrobe Airport in 1935 and Westmoreland County Airport in 1978. Complimenting a rich history rooted in some of the earliest pioneers of aviation, the name was changed to Arnold Palmer Regional in 1999 to honor the Latrobe, Pennsylvania native golf legend who grew up less than a mile from the runway where he watched the world's first official airmail pickup in 1939 and later learned to fly himself."[24] There is a statue of Palmer holding a golf club in front of the airport's entrance, unveiled in 2007.

Palmer's early "fear of flying" was what led him to pursue his pilots license. After almost 55 years, he logged nearly 20,000 hours of flight time in various aircraft.[25]

Amateur wins (26)

  • 1946 WPIAL Championship, PIAA Championship
  • 1947 WPIAL Championship, PIAA Championship, Western Pennsylvania Junior, Western Pennsylvania Amateur
  • 1948 Southern Conference Championship, Sunnehanna Invitational, Western Pennsylvania Junior
  • 1950 Southern Intercollegiate, Western Pennsylvania Amateur, Greensburg Invitational
  • 1951 Western Pennsylvania Amateur, Worsharn Memorial
  • 1952 Western Pennsylvania Amateur, Greensburg Invitational
  • 1953 Ohio Amateur, Cleveland Amateur, Greensburg Invitational, Mayfield Heights Open, Evergreen Pitch and Putt Invitational
  • 1954 U.S. Amateur, Ohio Amateur, All-American Amateur, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, Bill Waite Memorial

Amateur major wins (1)

Year Championship Winning score Runner-up
1954 U.S. Amateur 1 up Robert Sweeny Jr.

Results timeline

Tournament 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954
U.S. Amateur R256 R64 R256 DNP DNP R16 1

DNP = Did not play
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


Professional wins (95)

PGA Tour wins (62)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 20, 1955 Canadian Open −23 (64-67-64-70=265) 4 strokes Jack Burke, Jr.
2 Jul 1, 1956 Insurance City Open −10 (66-69-68-71=274) Playoff Ted Kroll
3 Jul 29, 1956 Eastern Open −11 (70-66-69-72=277) 2 strokes Dow Finsterwald
4 Feb 25, 1957 Houston Open −9 (67-72-71-69=279) 1 stroke Doug Ford
5 Mar 31, 1957 Azalea Open Invitational −6 (70-67-70-75=282) 1 stroke Dow Finsterwald
6 Jun 9, 1957 Rubber City Open Invitational −12 (71-66-67-68=272) Playoff Doug Ford
7 Oct 30, 1957 San Diego Open Invitational −17 (65-68-68-70=271) 1 stroke Al Balding
8 Oct 20, 1958 St. Petersburg Open Invitational −12 (70-69-72-65=276) 1 stroke Al Balding, Dow Finsterwald
9 Apr 6, 1958 Masters Tournament −4 (70-73-68-73=284) 1 stroke Doug Ford, Fred Hawkins
10 Jun 29, 1958 Pepsi Championship −11 (66-69-67-71=273) 5 strokes Jay Hebert
11 Jan 25, 1959 Thunderbird Invitational −18 (67-70-67-62=266) Playoff Jimmy Demaret, Ken Venturi
12 May 11, 1959 Oklahoma City Open Invitational −15 (73-64-67-69=273) 2 strokes Bob Goalby
13 Nov 29, 1959 West Palm Beach Open Invitational −7 (72-67-66-76=281) Playoff Gay Brewer, Pete Cooper
14 Feb 7, 1960 Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic −20 (67-73-67-66-65=338) 3 strokes Fred Hawkins
15 Feb 28, 1960 Texas Open Invitational −12 (69-65-67-75=276) 2 strokes Doug Ford, Frank Stranahan
16 Mar 6, 1960 Baton Rouge Open Invitational −9 (71-71-69-68=279) 7 strokes Jay Hebert, Ron Reif,
Doug Sanders
17 Mar 13, 1960 Pensacola Open Invitational −15 (68-65-73-67=273) 1 stroke Doug Sanders
18 Apr 10, 1960 Masters Tournament −6 (67-73-72-70=282) 1 stroke Ken Venturi
19 Jun 18, 1960 U.S. Open −4 (72-71-72-65=280) 2 strokes Jack Nicklaus (amateur)
20 Aug 7, 1960 Insurance City Open Invitational −14 (70-68-66-66=270) Playoff Bill Collins, Jack Fleck
21 Nov 27, 1960 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational −14 (68-67-74-65=274) 2 strokes Johnny Pott
22 Jan 15, 1961 San Diego Open Invitational −13 (69-68-69-65=271) Playoff Al Balding
23 Feb 12, 1961 Phoenix Open Invitational −10 (69-65-66-70=270) Playoff Doug Sanders
24 Feb 26, 1961 Baton Rouge Open Invitational −22 (65-67-68-66=266) 7 strokes Wes Ellis
25 Apr 30, 1961 Texas Open Invitational −10 (67-63-72-68=270) 1 stroke Al Balding
26 Jun 25, 1961 Western Open −13 (65-70-67-69=271) 2 strokes Sam Snead
27 Jul 15, 1961 The Open Championship −4 (70-73-69-72=284) 1 stroke Dai Rees
28 Feb 4, 1962 Palm Springs Golf Classic −17 (69-67-66-71-69=342) 3 strokes Jay Hebert, Gene Littler
29 Feb 11, 1962 Phoenix Open Invitational −15 (64-68-71-66=269) 12 strokes Billy Casper, Don Fairfield,
Bob McCallister
30 Apr 9, 1962 Masters Tournament −8 (70-66-69-75-68=280) Playoff Dow Finsterwald, Gary Player
31 Apr 29, 1962 Texas Open Invitational −11 (67-69-70-67=273) 1 stroke Joe Campbell, Gene Littler,
Mason Rudolph, Doug Sanders
32 May 6, 1962 Tournament of Champions −12 (69-70-69-68=276) 1 stroke Billy Casper
33 May 13, 1962 Colonial National Invitation +1 (67-72-66-76=281) Playoff Johnny Pott
34 Jul 13, 1962 The Open Championship −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 6 strokes Kel Nagle
35 Aug 12, 1962 American Golf Classic −4 (67-69-70-70=276) 5 strokes Mason Rudolph
36 Jan 7, 1963 Los Angeles Open −10 (69-69-70-66=274) 3 strokes Al Balding, Gary Player
37 Feb 12, 1963 Phoenix Open Invitational −15 (68-67-68-70=273) 1 stroke Gary Player
38 Mar 10, 1963 Pensacola Open Invitational −15 (69-68-69-67=273) 2 strokes Harold Kneece, Gary Player
39 Jun 16, 1963 Thunderbird Classic Invitational −11 (67-70-68-72=277) Playoff Paul Harney
40 Jul 1, 1963 Cleveland Open Invitational −11 (71-68-66-68=273) Playoff Tommy Aaron, Tony Lema
41 Jul 29, 1963 Western Open −4 (73-67-67-73=280) Playoff Julius Boros, Jack Nicklaus
42 Oct 6, 1963 Whitemarsh Open Invitational −7 (70-71-66-74=281) 1 stroke Lionel Hebert
43 Apr 12, 1964 Masters Tournament −12 (69-68-69-70=276) 6 strokes Dave Marr, Jack Nicklaus
44 May 18, 1964 Oklahoma City Open Invitational −11 (72-69-69-67=277) 2 strokes Lionel Hebert
45 May 2, 1965 Tournament of Champions −11 (66-69-71-71=277) 3 strokes Chi Chi Rodriguez
46 Jan 9, 1966 Los Angeles Open −11 (72-66-62-73=273) 3 strokes Miller Barber, Paul Harney
47 Apr 18, 1966 Tournament of Champions −5 (74-70-70-69=283) Playoff Gay Brewer
48 Nov 20, 1966 Houston Champions International −9 (70-68-68-69=275) 1 stroke Gardner Dickinson
49 Jan 29, 1967 Los Angeles Open −15 (70-64-67-68=269) 5 strokes Gay Brewer
50 Feb 19, 1967 Tucson Open Invitational −15 (66-67-67-73=273) 1 stroke Chuck Courtney
51 Aug 13, 1967 American Golf Classic −4 (70-67-72-67=276) 3 stroke Doug Sanders
52 Sep 24, 1967 Thunderbird Classic −5 (71-71-72-69=283) 1 stroke Charles Coody, Jack Nicklaus,
Art Wall, Jr.
53 Feb 4, 1968 Bob Hope Desert Classic −12 (72-70-67-71-68=348) Playoff Deane Beman
54 Sep 15, 1968 Kemper Open −12 (69-70-70-67=276) 4 strokes Bruce Crampton, Art Wall, Jr.
55 Nov 30, 1969 Heritage Golf Classic −1 (68-71-70-74=283) 3 strokes Dick Crawford, Bert Yancey
56 Dec 7, 1969 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic −18 (68-67-70-65=270) 2 strokes Gay Brewer
57 Jul 26, 1970 National Four-Ball Championship
PGA Players
(with Jack Nicklaus)
−25 (61-67-64-67=259) 3 strokes Bruce Crampton & Orville Moody,
Gardner Dickinson & Sam Snead,
Bobby Nichols
58 Feb 14, 1971 Bob Hope Desert Classic −18 (67-71-66-68-70=342) Playoff Raymond Floyd
59 Mar 14, 1971 Florida Citrus Invitational −18 (66-68-68-68=270) 1 stroke Julius Boros
60 Jul 25, 1971 Westchester Classic −18 (64-70-68-68=270) 5 strokes Gibby Gilbert, Hale Irwin
61 Aug 1, 1971 National Team Championship
(with Jack Nicklaus)
−27 (62-64-65-66=257) 6 strokes Julius Boros & Bill Collins,
Bob Charles & Bruce Devlin
62 Feb 11, 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic −17 (71-66-69-68-69=343) 2 strokes Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller
PGA Tour playoff record (14–10)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1956 Insurance City Open Ted Kroll Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1957 Rubber City Open Invitational Doug Ford Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
3 1958 Azalea Open Howie Johnson Lost 18-hole playoff (Johnson:77, Palmer:78)
4 1959 West Palm Beach Open Gay Brewer, Pete Cooper Won with par on fourth extra hole
5 1960 Houston Classic Bill Collins Lost 18-hole playoff (Collins:69, Palmer:71)
6 1960 Insurance City Open Bill Collins, Jack Fleck Palmer won with birdie on third extra hole
Collins eliminated with birdie on first hole
7 1961 San Diego Open Invitational Al Balding Won with birdie on first extra hole
8 1961 Phoenix Open Invitational Doug Sanders Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67 Sanders: 70)
9 1961 500 Festival Open Invitation Doug Ford Lost to birdie on second extra hole
10 1962 Masters Tournament Dow Finsterwald, Gary Player Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:68, Player:71, Finsterwald:77)
11 1962 Colonial National Invitation Johnny Pott Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Pott:73)
12 1962 U.S. Open Jack Nicklaus Lost 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:71, Palmer:74)
13 1963 Thunderbird Classic Paul Harney Won with par on first extra hole
14 1963 U.S. Open Julius Boros, Jacky Cupit Lost 18-hole playoff (Boros:70, Cupit:73, Palmer:76)
15 1963 Cleveland Open Tommy Aaron, Tony Lema Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67, Aaron:70, Lema:70)
16 1963 Western Open Julius Boros, Jack Nicklaus Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)
17 1964 Cleveland Open Tony Lema Lost to birdie on first extra hole
18 1964 Pensacola Open Miller Barber, Gary Player Lost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)
19 1966 Bob Hope Desert Classic Doug Sanders Lost to birdie on first extra hole
20 1966 Tournament of Champions Gay Brewer Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Brewer:73)
21 1966 U.S. Open Billy Casper Lost 18-hole playoff (Casper:69, Palmer:73)
22 1968 Bob Hope Desert Classic Deane Beman Won with par on second extra hole
23 1970 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Jack Nicklaus Lost to birdie on first extra hole
24 1971 Bob Hope Desert Classic Raymond Floyd Won with birdie on second extra hole


Other wins (18)

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Dec 7, 1980 PGA Seniors Championship +1 (72-69-73-75=289) Playoff Paul Harney
2 Jul 12, 1981 U.S. Senior Open +9 (72-76-68-73=289) Playoff Billy Casper, Bob Stone
3 Jun 13, 1982 Marlboro Classic −8 (68-70-69-69=276) 4 strokes Billy Casper, Bob Rosburg
4 Aug 15, 1982 Denver Post Champions of Golf −5 (68-67-73-67=275) 1 stroke Bob Goalby
5 Dec 4, 1983 Boca Grove Seniors Classic −17 (65-69-70-67=271) 3 strokes Billy Casper
6 Jan 22, 1984 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship −12 (66-66-72=204) 2 strokes Don January
7 Jun 24, 1984 Senior Tournament Players Championship −6 (69-63-79-71=282) 3 strokes Peter Thomson
8 Dec 2, 1984 Quadel Seniors Classic −11 (67-71-67=205) 1 stroke Lee Elder, Orville Moody
9 Jun 23, 1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship −14 (67-71-68-68=274) 11 strokes Miller Barber, Lee Elder,
Gene Littler, Charles Owens
10 Sep 18, 1988 Crestar Classic −13 (65-68-70=203) 4 strokes Lee Elder, Jim Ferree, Larry Mowry
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1980 PGA Seniors' Championship Paul Harney Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1981 U.S. Senior Open Billy Casper, Bob Stone Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Stone:74, Casper:77)
3 1984 Daytona Beach Seniors Golf Classic Orville Moody, Dan Sikes Moody won with birdie on second extra hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (5)

Major championships

Wins (7)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1958 Masters Tournament Tied for lead −4 (70-73-68-73=284) 1 stroke Doug Ford, Fred Hawkins
1960 Masters Tournament (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 −4 (70-73-69-72=284) 1 stroke Dai Rees
1962 Masters Tournament (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 Masters Tournament (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 (−4), Player 71 (−1), Finsterwald 77 (+5)

Results timeline

Tournament 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T10 21 T7 1 3
U.S. Open CUT CUT T21 7 CUT T23 T5
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T40 T14
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament 1 T2 1 T9 1 T2 T4 4 CUT 27
U.S. Open 1 T14 2 T2 T5 CUT 2 2 59 T6
The Open Championship 2 1 1 T26 DNP 16 T8 DNP T10 DNP
PGA Championship T7 T5 T17 T40 T2 T33 T6 T14 T2 WD
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T36 T18 T33 T24 T11 T13 CUT T24 T37 CUT
U.S. Open T54 T24 3 T4 T5 T9 T50 T19 CUT T59
The Open Championship 12 DNP T7 T14 DNP T16 T55 7 T34 DNP
PGA Championship T2 T18 T16 CUT T28 T33 T15 T19 CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T24 CUT 47 T36 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T23 T27 T56 CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship T72 76 CUT T67 CUT T65 CUT T65 CUT T63
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
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.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 4 2 1 9 12 19 50 25
U.S. Open 1 4 1 10 13 18 33 24
The Open Championship 2 1 0 3 7 12 23 17
PGA Championship 0 3 0 4 6 13 37 24
Totals 7 10 2 26 38 62 143 90
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 26 (1958 Masters – 1965 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 6 (1966 Masters – 1967 U.S. Open)

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (5)

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1980 PGA Seniors' Championship +1 (72-69-73-75=289) Playoff1 Paul Harney
1981 U.S. Senior Open +9 (72-76-68-73=289) Playoff2 Billy Casper, Bob Stone
1984a General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (2) −6 (69-63-79-71=282) 2 strokes Don January
1984 Senior Players Championship −12 (72-68-67-69=276) 3 strokes Peter Thomson
1985 Senior Players Championship (2) −14 (67-71-68-68=274) 11 strokes Miller Barber, Lee Elder,
Gene Littler, Charles Owens

a This was the January edition of the tournament.
1 Palmer won this with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
2 Won in an 18-hole playoff, Palmer shot a (70) to Stone's (74) and Casper's (77).

U.S. national team appearances


  • Ryder Cup: 1961 (winners), 1963 (winners, playing captain), 1965 (winners), 1967 (winners), 1971 (winners), 1973 (winners), 1975 (winners, non-playing captain)
  • World Cup: 1960 (winners), 1962 (winners), 1963 (winners), 1964 (winners), 1966 (winners), 1967 (winners, individual winner)

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Stewart, Wayne, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations.  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "1961 Arnold Palmer". The Open. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Palmer still gets thrill". April 10, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Arnie's Army' Gets Last Look at Legend"'".  
  7. ^ Palmer, Arnold (2004). Arnold Palmer: Memories, Stories, and Memorabilia from a Life on and Off the Course. Stewart, Tabori and Chang. p. 73.  
  8. ^ "Palmer v. Gotta Have It Golf Collectibles, Inc.". 106 F.Supp.2d 1289 (2000) United States District Court, S.D. Florida. June 22, 2000. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Batterman, L. Robert; Cardozo, Michael; Freeman, Robert E.; Ganz, Howard L.; Katz, Wayne D.; Leccese, Joseph M. (May 17, 2014). "Tiger Woods Misses the Cut in Golf Memorabilia Dispute".  
  10. ^ "Gotta Have It Golf, Inc. v. Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Inc., No. 03-19490 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Jury Verdict)". March 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arnold Palmer Enterprises". Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us".  
  13. ^ Callahan, Tom (September 2009). "Palmer in his Prime".  
  14. ^ Dulac, Gerry (September 30, 2009). "Arnold Palmer joining exclusive gold club".  
  15. ^ "Arnold Palmer receives Congressional Gold Medal". PGA Tour. September 12, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Nicklaus to join Palmer as honorary starter at Masters".  
  17. ^ "Player to Join Palmer, Nicklaus as Honorary Starter at 2012 Masters". July 5, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Arnold Palmer... A Biography". Arnold Palmer. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Arnold Palmer's Grandson Makes Cut for US Open".  
  20. ^ "Arnold Palmer's Wife Dies". CBS News. AP. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Arnold Palmer marries again". Golf Today. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania F. & A. M. website". 
  23. ^ "Arnold Palmer in cockpit for last time". ESPN. February 1, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Arnold Palmer Regional Airport - About the Airport (LBE)". Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Capt. Arnie's Final Flight". Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ "USGA Championship Database". Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  27. ^  

External links

  • Official website
  • Arnold Palmer at the PGA Tour official site
  • Arnold Palmer at the European Tour official site
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational – PGA Tour event
  • Arnold Palmer Design Company
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
  • Bay Hill Club and Lodge – Palmer's winter home course
  • Latrobe Country Club – Palmer's summer home course
  • Arnold Palmer Tee – Palmer's namesake half iced tea and half lemonade drink
  • American Society of Golf Course Architects profile
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