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Arnold Palmer

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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

Died

September 25, 2016(2016-09-25) (aged 87)
Pittsburgh, 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
(1934–99)
(m. 1954–99, her death)
Kathleen Gawthrop
(m. 2005–16, his death)

Career

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

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

Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit now known as PGA Tour Champions, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King“, he was 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 populist sport accessible to middle and working classes.[1] Palmer was 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.

In a career that spanned more than six decades, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973, placing him at that time behind only Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, and still fifth on the Tour’s all-time victory list. He collected seven major titles in a six-plus-year explosion, from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters. He also 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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Early life


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


Palmer in 1953

Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a working-class steel mill town, the son of Doris (Morrison) and Milfred Jerome “Deacon” Palmer.[2][3] He learned golf from his father, 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.[4]

Palmer attended Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship.[5] 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.[6]

By 1954 he was about to turn professional after winning at the U.S. Amateur in Detroit.[5] “That victory was the turning point in my life,” he said. “It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game.”[5] When reporters there asked Gene Littler who the young golfer was that was cracking balls on the practice tee, Littler said: “That’s Arnold Palmer. He’s going to be a great player some day. When he hits the ball, the earth shakes.”[5]

After winning that match, Palmer stopped the job he had at the time of selling paint, and played in the Waite Memorial tournament in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania. There, he met his future wife, Winifred Walzer, and they would remain married for 45 years, until her death in 1999.[5]

On November 17, 1954, Palmer announced his intentions to turn pro.[5] “What other people find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive,” Palmer said.[5]

Career

Palmer’s first tour win (in his rookie season) was the 1955 Canadian Open, where he earned $2,400 for his efforts.[6] He 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.[6] 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.[6]

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.[6][7]

Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among U.S. players. Before 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 wanted to emulate the feats of Bobby Jones, Sam Snead and Hogan before him to become a leading American golfer.[8]

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.[6] Palmer played what he himself called the four best rounds of his career, shooting 71-69-67-69. His scores had the English excitedly claiming that Palmer may well be the greatest golfer ever to play the game.[9] British fans were excited about Palmer’s playing in the Open. Although he failed to win, losing out to Kel Nagle by a single shot,[6] 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.[9]

He played his first British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up, which was a great disappointment. But his appearance did at least draw American attention to the Open, which they had previously ignored.[10] But Palmer went on to win the Open in 1961 and 1962, last playing it in 1995. Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, called Palmer “a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport.”[10] His participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s “was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf,” said European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley.[10]

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 $1 million 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.[6] He was the last playing captain in 1963, and captained the team again in 1975.[13]

Palmer was eligible for the Senior PGA Tour (now PGA Tour Champions) 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.[6]

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.[14]


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

In 2004, he competed in the Masters Tournament for the last time, marking his 50th consecutive appearance in that event.[15] At his death, he was one of two Masters champions, along with Nicklaus, to be regular members of Masters organizer Augusta National Golf Club (as opposed to the honorary membership the club grants to all Masters champions).[16]

From 2007 until his death, Palmer served as an honorary starter for the Masters.[17] 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.[18]

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,[6][19] 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.[6] Palmer’s design partner was Ed Seay.

Palmer designed more than 300 golf courses in 37 states, 25 countries and five continents (all except Africa and Antarctica), including the first modern course built in China, in 1988.[5][6] He purchased Latrobe Country Club, where his father used to be the club professional, in 1971 and owned it until his death.[6] The licensing, endorsements, spokesman associations and commercial partnerships built by Palmer and McCormack are managed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Palmer was 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.[20] 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.[21][22]

One of Palmer’s most recent products (mass-produced starting in 2001) is a branded use of the beverage known as the Arnold Palmer, which combines sweet iced tea with lemonade.[6][23]

Legacy

As a measure of his popularity, Palmer, like Elvis Presley before him, was known simply as “The King.” But in a life bursting from the seams with success, Palmer never lost his common touch. He 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.

Golf Week[5]

“No one did more to popularize the sport than Palmer,” according to Adam Schupak of Golf Week. “His dashing presence singlehandedly took golf out of the country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool.”[5]
Jack Nicklaus said:

Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself.[24]

In 2000, Palmer was ranked the sixth greatest player of all time in Golf Digest magazine’s rankings, and by 2008 had earned an estimated $30 million.[25][26]

Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.[27][28] 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.[29]

In addition to Palmer’s impressive list of awards, he was bestowed the honor of kicking off the Masters Tournament beginning in 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.[30] 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.[31] In describing the effect that Palmer had on the sport, biographer James Dodson stated:

We loved him with a mythic American joy… He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.[5]

Personal life


The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida

Palmer was married to Winnie Palmer for 45 years.[6] She died at age 65 on November 20, 1999, from complications due to ovarian cancer.[32] Palmer remarried in 2005 to Kathleen Gawthrop.[33]

Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, is a professional golfer.[6] 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”.[34]

Palmer resided in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, during spring and summer months, and wintered in Orlando, Florida, and La Quinta, California.[35] He first visited Orlando in 1948 during a college match. His becoming a resident of Orlando helped the city become a recreation destination, “turning the entire state of Florida into a golfing paradise.”[36] That included building one of the premier events on the PGA Tour there along with his contributing to new hospitals.[36]
Tiger Woods, on hearing about Palmer’s death, said “My kids were born at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, and his philanthropic work will be remembered along with his accomplishments in golf.”[24] Arnold Palmer Boulevard is named in his honor.[36]

He was a member of the Freemasons since 1958.[37]

Pilot


Arnold Palmer sculpture unveiled at Laurel Valley Golf Course, Ligonier, PA, on September 10, 2009, in honor of Mr. Palmer’s 80th birthday. Pictured: Arnold Palmer with sculptor Zenos Frudakis.

An avid pilot for over 50 years, Palmer thought he would pilot a plane for the last time on January 31, 2011.[6] He flew from Palm Springs, California, to Orlando, Florida, in his Cessna Citation X.[38] 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.[6] 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 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.”[39] There is a statue of Palmer made by Zenos Frudakis, holding a golf club in front of the airport’s entrance, unveiled in 2007.[40]

Palmer’s early “fear of flying” was what led him to pursue his pilot certificate. After almost 55 years, he logged nearly 20,000 hours of flight time in various aircraft.[41]

Death and tributes

Palmer died at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 2016 while awaiting heart surgery.[6] He was admitted three days prior to undergo testing on his heart.[42] After his funeral, he will be cremated with his ashes scattered at Latrobe Country Club in his hometown.[43]

Tributes

From a humble start working at the local club in his beloved Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to superstardom as the face of golf around the globe, Arnold was the American Dream come to life… Today, Michelle and I stand with Arnie’s Army in saluting the King.

President Barack Obama[44]

Palmer’s life will be celebrated at the forthcoming Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in the Twin Cities.[45][46][47] The celebration will include a video tribute and a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony. During the matches, the players will pay tribute to Palmer, which could include wearing a special logo, button and pin. Palmer will also be paid tribute on the first tee. Palmer won more than 22 matches and he was a perfect 2–0 as a Ryder Cup captain.[47] PGA of America president Derek Sprague stated:

The game has never known a more enthusiastic sportsman than Arnold Palmer. So it is fitting that we pay tribute to Mr. Palmer during the 41st Ryder Cup, to celebrate it in a very special way, the life of an unforgettable champion and gracious ambassador of the game.[46]

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

Source:[48]

Professional wins (95)

PGA Tour wins (62)

No.

Date

Tournament

Winning score

Margin of
victory

Runner(s)-up

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

Nov 3, 1957

San Diego Open Invitational

−17 (65-68-68-70=271)

1 stroke

Al Balding

8

Mar 23, 1958

St. Petersburg Open Invitational

−8 (70-69-72-65=276)

1 stroke

Dow Finsterwald, Fred Hawkins

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)

3 strokes

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 13, 1961

Phoenix Open Invitational

−10 (69-65-66-70=270)

Playoff

Doug Sanders

24

Feb 26, 1961

Baton Rouge Open Invitational

−14 (65-67-68-66=266)

7 strokes

Wes Ellis

25

Apr 30, 1961

Texas Open Invitational

−14 (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, Jack Nicklaus

30

Apr 9, 1962

Masters Tournament

−8 (70-66-69-75=280)

Playoff

Gary Player (2nd),
Dow Finsterwald (3rd)

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 14, 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)

2 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 strokes

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,
George Archer & 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

Gary Player (2nd),
Dow Finsterwald (3rd)

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

Pensacola Open

Miller Barber, Gary Player

Lost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)

18

1964

Cleveland Open

Tony Lema

Lost to birdie on first extra hole

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

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Other wins (18)

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)

No.

Date

Tournament

Winning score

Margin of
victory

Runner(s)-up

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 (2nd),
Dow Finsterwald (3rd)

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 Player (2nd) and Finsterwald (3rd) in an 18-hole playoff – Palmer (68), Player (71) and Finsterwald (77). 1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded in this playoff.

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

U.S. Open

63

CUT

CUT

T60

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

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

Masters Tournament

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

U.S. Open

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

CUT

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

The Open Championship

CUT

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

CUT

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

PGA Championship

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

 

Tournament

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Masters Tournament

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

CUT

U.S. Open

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

The Open Championship

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

DNP

PGA 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.

Summary

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)

Senior 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

Professional

  • 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)
  • Presidents Cup: 1996 (winners, non-playing captain)

See also

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