Arnold Palmer

American legend Arnold Palmer has a professional career spanning 60 years and thousands of rounds of golf. The man known as ‘The King’ is arguably golf’s most popular icon, and with his charisma and incredible skill he almost single-handedly pushed golf into mainstream America’s psyche.

He, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player literally had fans glued to their TV sets in the 1950s and 1960s largely due to their intense rivalry and their uncanny knack of collecting Major titles.

He grabbed his first Major at the 1958 Masters and went on to win the US Masters three more times. Up to 1964 this affable, emotional man won six more Majors with his signature boldness and style. He is also credited with enhancing the stature of the British Open championship. He was one of the few American golfers who supported the Open and his successive wins in the early 1960s encouraged professionals from across the Atlantic to make the trip.

When asked why he was so successful, he said, “I was so scared to lose. Just terrified of it! The first part of my career especially, the fear of doing my best and it not being good enough, of failing, was a huge motivating force for me.”

During his illustrious career Arnold Palmer, past US Masters champion, has won 92 championship titles, lifted the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average on four occasions, was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. In 2004 he competed in his final Masters – the 50th consecutive appearance at Augusta National, and in 2006 he retired from tournament golf.

Palmer attracted many fans in his career, an affirmation of his personality and winning ways. He also became the first man in golfing history to reach the elusive million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour.

His Majors in a nutshell:

  • The Masters – 1958, 1960, 1962 & 1964
  • The US Open – 1960
  • The Open – 1961 & 1962

Arnold Palmer, past US Masters champion has been described by archrival and best friend, Jack Nicklaus as “the reason golf enjoys the popularity it does today.” That is quite a commendation from one of the greats himself.