Arnold Palmer

Golfer Arnold Palmer
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Profession: Golfer

United States of America

Why Famous: Considered one of the greatest players in the history of golf, Palmer was one of the Big Three - along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player - who greatly popularized golf in the 1950s and 60s.

In his career he won 62 PGA Tours and was one of the original 13 inductees to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Born: September 10, 1929
Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: September 25, 2016 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Complications from heart problems

Married Life

  • 2005-01-26 Professional golfer Arnold Palmer (75) weds Kathleen Gawthrop in an intimate ceremony at a cottage on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort

Historical Events in the Life of Arnold Palmer

  • 1958-04-06 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284
  • 1960-04-10 24th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282
  • 1960-06-18 60th US Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver
  • 1960-07-09 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship
  • 1960-08-07 Arnold Palmer's 20th PGA Tour win; rallies from a 5-stroke deficit to enter a playoff, then beats Jack Fleck and Bill Collins to win the Insurance City Open
  • 1961-07-15 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of 2 consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Welshman Dai Rees
  • 1962-04-09 26th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280
  • 1962-06-17 62nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title after playoff with Arnold Palmer, shooting a 283 at Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania
  • 1962-07-13 British Open Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia
  • 1963-06-23 US Open Golf, The Country Club : Julius Boros wins 2nd Open in playoff with Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit
  • 1964-04-12 28th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276
  • 1964-07-19 PGA Championship, Columbus CC: Bobby Nichols wins his only major title by 3 strokes from 'Big-2' Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer; leads wire-to-wire
  • 1968-07-21 PGA Championship, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer
  • 1970-08-16 PGA Championship, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

  • 1972-03-06 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner
  • 1975-09-20 Ryder Cup Golf, Laurel Valley GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 21-11; Arnold Palmer non-playing American captain; Bernard Hunt GB & I skipper
  • 1984-06-04 Arnold Palmer fails to make the US Open golf tournament for the 1st time in 32 years
  • 1984-07-01 US Open Senior Golf, Oak Hill CC: Miller Barber wins by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer

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