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Arnold Palmer
— Golfer —
ArnoldPalmerCoastGuard1953.jpg
Palmer in 1953
Personal information
Full name Arnold Daniel Palmer
Nickname The King
Born (1929-09-10) September 10, 1929 (age 84)
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Orlando, Florida
Spouse Winifred Walzer Palmer
(1934–99)
(m. 1954–99, her death)
Kathleen Gawthrop
(m. 2005)
Career
College Wake Forest University
Turned professional 1954
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
Twenty-three-year-old Arnold Palmer in the United States Coast Guard

Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf. 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; Palmer's 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, 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 inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Career outline[edit]

Early life[edit]

Palmer was born in 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] He attended Wake Forest University, 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. He grew up with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

Rise to superstardom[edit]

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[edit]

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 the 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 and Woods 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 Arnold 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]

Legacy[edit]

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[edit]

Palmer now resides near his golf course, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Country Club and Lodge, in Orlando, Florida which was originally designed by Dick Wilson.

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".[18]

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.[19] 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."[20] There is a statue of Palmer holding a golf club in front of the airport's entrance, unveiled in 2007.

Palmer was married to Winnie Palmer for 45 years. She died at age 65 on November 20, 1999 from complications due to ovarian cancer.[21] Palmer remarried in 2005 to Kathleen Gawthrop.[22]

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

Amateur wins (26)[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

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

Results timeline[edit]

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:[23]

Professional wins (95)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (62)[edit]

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 United States Jack Burke, Jr.
2 Jul 1, 1956 Insurance City Open −10 (66-69-68-71=274) Playoff United States Ted Kroll
3 Jul 29, 1956 Eastern Open −11 (70-66-69-72=277) 2 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald
4 Feb 25, 1957 Houston Open −9 (67-72-71-69=279) 1 stroke United States Doug Ford
5 Mar 31, 1957 Azalea Open Invitational −6 (70-67-70-75=282) 1 stroke United States Dow Finsterwald
6 Jun 9, 1957 Rubber City Open Invitational −12 (71-66-67-68=272) Playoff United States Doug Ford
7 Oct 30, 1957 San Diego Open Invitational −17 (65-68-68-70=271) 1 stroke Canada Al Balding
8 Oct 20, 1958 St. Petersburg Open Invitational −12 (70-69-72-65=276) 1 stroke Canada Al Balding, United States Dow Finsterwald
9 Apr 6, 1958 Masters Tournament −4 (70-73-68-73=284) 1 stroke United States Doug Ford, United States Fred Hawkins
10 Jun 29, 1958 Pepsi Championship −11 (66-69-67-71=273) 5 strokes United States Jay Hebert
11 Jan 25, 1959 Thunderbird Invitational −18 (67-70-67-62=266) Playoff United States Jimmy Demaret, United States Ken Venturi
12 May 11, 1959 Oklahoma City Open Invitational −15 (73-64-67-69=273) 2 strokes United States Bob Goalby
13 Nov 29, 1959 West Palm Beach Open Invitational −7 (72-67-66-76=281) Playoff United States Gay Brewer, United States Pete Cooper
14 Feb 7, 1960 Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic −20 (67-73-67-66-65=338) 3 strokes United States Fred Hawkins
15 Feb 28, 1960 Texas Open Invitational −12 (69-65-67-75=276) 2 strokes United States Doug Ford, United States Frank Stranahan
16 Mar 6, 1960 Baton Rouge Open Invitational −9 (71-71-69-68=279) 7 strokes United States Jay Hebert, United States Ron Reif,
United States Doug Sanders
17 Mar 13, 1960 Pensacola Open Invitational −15 (68-65-73-67=273) 1 stroke United States Doug Sanders
18 Apr 10, 1960 Masters Tournament −6 (67-73-72-70=282) 1 stroke United States Ken Venturi
19 Jun 18, 1960 U.S. Open −4 (72-71-72-65=280) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
20 Aug 7, 1960 Insurance City Open Invitational −14 (70-68-66-66=270) Playoff United States Bill Collins, United States Jack Fleck
21 Nov 27, 1960 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational −14 (68-67-74-65=274) 2 strokes United States Johnny Pott
22 Jan 15, 1961 San Diego Open Invitational −13 (69-68-69-65=271) Playoff Canada Al Balding
23 Feb 12, 1961 Phoenix Open Invitational −10 (69-65-66-70=270) Playoff United States Doug Sanders
24 Feb 26, 1961 Baton Rouge Open Invitational −22 (65-67-68-66=266) 7 strokes United States Wes Ellis
25 Apr 30, 1961 Texas Open Invitational −10 (67-63-72-68=270) 1 stroke Canada Al Balding
26 Jun 25, 1961 Western Open −13 (65-70-67-69=271) 2 strokes United States Sam Snead
27 Jul 15, 1961 The Open Championship −4 (70-73-69-72=284) 1 stroke Wales Dai Rees
28 Feb 4, 1962 Palm Springs Golf Classic −17 (69-67-66-71-69=342) 3 strokes United States Jay Hebert, United States Gene Littler
29 Feb 11, 1962 Phoenix Open Invitational −15 (64-68-71-66=269) 12 strokes United States Billy Casper, United States Don Fairfield,
United States Bob McCallister
30 Apr 9, 1962 Masters Tournament −8 (70-66-69-75-68=280) Playoff United States Dow Finsterwald, South Africa Gary Player
31 Apr 29, 1962 Texas Open Invitational −11 (67-69-70-67=273) 1 stroke United States Joe Campbell, United States Gene Littler,
United States Mason Rudolph, United States Doug Sanders
32 May 6, 1962 Tournament of Champions −12 (69-70-69-68=276) 1 stroke United States Billy Casper
33 May 13, 1962 Colonial National Invitation +1 (67-72-66-76=281) Playoff United States Johnny Pott
34 Jul 13, 1962 The Open Championship −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 6 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
35 Aug 12, 1962 American Golf Classic −4 (67-69-70-70=276) 5 strokes United States Mason Rudolph
36 Jan 7, 1963 Los Angeles Open −10 (69-69-70-66=274) 3 strokes Canada Al Balding, South Africa Gary Player
37 Feb 12, 1963 Phoenix Open Invitational −15 (68-67-68-70=273) 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player
38 Mar 10, 1963 Pensacola Open Invitational −15 (69-68-69-67=273) 2 strokes United States Harold Kneece, South Africa Gary Player
39 Jun 16, 1963 Thunderbird Classic Invitational −11 (67-70-68-72=277) Playoff United States Paul Harney
40 Jul 1, 1963 Cleveland Open Invitational −11 (71-68-66-68=273) Playoff United States Tommy Aaron, United States Tony Lema
41 Jul 29, 1963 Western Open −4 (73-67-67-73=280) Playoff United States Julius Boros, United States Jack Nicklaus
42 Oct 6, 1963 Whitemarsh Open Invitational −7 (70-71-66-74=281) 1 stroke United States Lionel Hebert
43 Apr 12, 1964 Masters Tournament −12 (69-68-69-70=276) 6 strokes United States Dave Marr, United States Jack Nicklaus
44 May 18, 1964 Oklahoma City Open Invitational −11 (72-69-69-67=277) 2 strokes United States Lionel Hebert
45 May 2, 1965 Tournament of Champions −11 (66-69-71-71=277) 3 strokes United States Chi Chi Rodriguez
46 Jan 9, 1966 Los Angeles Open −11 (72-66-62-73=273) 3 strokes United States Miller Barber, United States Paul Harney
47 Apr 18, 1966 Tournament of Champions −5 (74-70-70-69=283) Playoff United States Gay Brewer
48 Nov 20, 1966 Houston Champions International −9 (70-68-68-69=275) 1 stroke United States Gardner Dickinson
49 Jan 29, 1967 Los Angeles Open −15 (70-64-67-68=269) 5 strokes United States Gay Brewer
50 Feb 19, 1967 Tucson Open Invitational −15 (66-67-67-73=273) 1 stroke United States Chuck Courtney
51 Aug 13, 1967 American Golf Classic −4 (70-67-72-67=276) 3 stroke United States Doug Sanders
52 Sep 24, 1967 Thunderbird Classic −5 (71-71-72-69=283) 1 stroke United States Charles Coody, United States Jack Nicklaus,
United States Art Wall, Jr.
53 Feb 4, 1968 Bob Hope Desert Classic −12 (72-70-67-71-68=348) Playoff United States Deane Beman
54 Sep 15, 1968 Kemper Open −12 (69-70-70-67=276) 4 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Art Wall, Jr.
55 Nov 30, 1969 Heritage Golf Classic −1 (68-71-70-74=283) 3 strokes United States Dick Crawford, United States Bert Yancey
56 Dec 7, 1969 Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic −18 (68-67-70-65=270) 2 strokes United States Gay Brewer
57 Jul 26, 1970 National Four-Ball Championship
PGA Players
(with United States Jack Nicklaus)
−25 (61-67-64-67=259) 3 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton & United States Orville Moody,
United States Gardner Dickinson & United States Sam Snead,
United States George Archer & United States Bobby Nichols
58 Feb 14, 1971 Bob Hope Desert Classic −18 (67-71-66-68-70=342) Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
59 Mar 14, 1971 Florida Citrus Invitational −18 (66-68-68-68=270) 1 stroke United States Julius Boros
60 Jul 25, 1971 Westchester Classic −18 (64-70-68-68=270) 5 strokes United States Gibby Gilbert, United States Hale Irwin
61 Aug 1, 1971 National Team Championship
(with United States Jack Nicklaus)
−27 (62-64-65-66=257) 6 strokes United States Julius Boros & United States Bill Collins,
New Zealand Bob Charles & Australia Bruce Devlin
62 Feb 11, 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic −17 (71-66-69-68-69=343) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus, United States Johnny Miller

PGA Tour playoff record (14–10)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1956 Insurance City Open United States Ted Kroll Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 1957 Rubber City Open Invitational United States Doug Ford Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
3 1958 Azalea Open United States Howie Johnson Lost 18-hole playoff (Johnson:77, Palmer:78)
4 1959 West Palm Beach Open United States Gay Brewer, United States Pete Cooper Won with par on fourth extra hole
5 1960 Houston Classic United States Bill Collins Lost 18-hole playoff (Collins:69, Palmer:71)
6 1960 Insurance City Open United States Bill Collins, United States Jack Fleck Palmer won with birdie on third extra hole
Collins eliminated with birdie on first hole
7 1961 San Diego Open Invitational Canada Al Balding Won with birdie on first extra hole
8 1961 Phoenix Open Invitational United States Doug Sanders Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67 Sanders: 70)
9 1961 500 Festival Open Invitation United States Doug Ford Lost to birdie on second extra hole
10 1962 Masters Tournament United States Dow Finsterwald, South Africa Gary Player Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:68, Player:71, Finsterwald:77)
11 1962 Colonial National Invitation United States Johnny Pott Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Pott:73)
12 1962 U.S. Open United States Jack Nicklaus Lost 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:71, Palmer:74)
13 1963 Thunderbird Classic United States Paul Harney Won with par on first extra hole
14 1963 U.S. Open United States Julius Boros, United StatesJacky Cupit Lost 18-hole playoff (Boros:70, Cupit:73, Palmer:76)
15 1963 Cleveland Open United States Tommy Aaron, United States Tony Lema Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67, Aaron:70, Lema:70)
16 1963 Western Open United States Julius Boros, United StatesJack Nicklaus Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)
17 1964 Cleveland Open United States Tony Lema Lost to birdie on first extra hole
18 1964 Pensacola Open United States Miller Barber, South Africa Gary Player Player won 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)
19 1966 Bob Hope Desert Classic United States Doug Sanders Lost to birdie on first extra hole
20 1966 Tournament of Champions United States Gay Brewer Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Brewer:73)
21 1966 U.S. Open United States Billy Casper Lost 18-hole playoff (Casper:69, Palmer:73)
22 1968 Bob Hope Desert Classic United States Deane Beman Won with par on second extra hole
23 1970 Byron Nelson Golf Classic United States Jack Nicklaus Lost to birdie on first extra hole
24 1971 Bob Hope Desert Classic United States Raymond Floyd Won with birdie on second extra hole

Source:[24]

Other wins (18)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

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 United States Paul Harney
2 Jul 12, 1981 U.S. Senior Open +9 (72-76-68-73=289) Playoff United States Billy Casper, United States Bob Stone
3 Jun 13, 1982 Marlboro Classic −8 (68-70-69-69=276) 4 strokes United States Billy Casper, United States Bob Rosburg
4 Aug 15, 1982 Denver Post Champions of Golf −5 (68-67-73-67=275) 1 stroke United States Bob Goalby
5 Dec 4, 1983 Boca Grove Seniors Classic −17 (65-69-70-67=271) 3 strokes United States Billy Casper
6 Jan 22, 1984 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship −12 (66-66-72=204) 2 strokes United States Don January
7 Jun 24, 1984 Senior Tournament Players Championship −6 (69-63-79-71=282) 3 strokes Australia Peter Thomson
8 Dec 2, 1984 Quadel Seniors Classic −11 (67-71-67=205) 1 stroke United States Lee Elder, United States Orville Moody
9 Jun 23, 1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship −14 (67-71-68-68=274) 11 strokes United States Miller Barber, United States Lee Elder,
United States Gene Littler, United States Charles Owens
10 Sep 18, 1988 Crestar Classic −13 (65-68-70=203) 4 strokes United States Lee Elder, United States Jim Ferree, United States Larry Mowry

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1980 PGA Seniors' Championship United States Paul Harney Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1981 U.S. Senior Open United States Billy Casper, United States Bob Stone Won 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Stone:74, Casper:77)
3 1984 Daytona Beach Seniors Golf Classic United States Orville Moody, United States Dan Sikes Moody won with birdie on second extra hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (5)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1958 Masters Tournament Tied for lead −4 (70-73-68-73=284) 1 stroke United States Doug Ford, United States Fred Hawkins
1960 Masters Tournament (2) 1 shot lead −6 (67-73-72-70=282) 1 stroke United States Ken Venturi
1960 U.S. Open 7 shot deficit −4 (72-71-72-65=280) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
1961 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −4 (70-73-69-72=284) 1 stroke Wales Dai Rees
1962 Masters Tournament (3) 2 shot lead −8 (70-66-69-75=280) Playoff 1 South Africa Gary Player, United States Dow Finsterwald
1962 The Open Championship (2) 5 shot lead −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 6 strokes Australia Kel Nagle
1964 Masters Tournament (4) 5 shot lead −12 (69-68-69-70=276) 6 strokes United States Dave Marr, United States Jack Nicklaus

1 Defeated Gary Player & Dow Finsterwald in 18-hole playoff – Palmer 68 (−4), Player 71 (−1), Finsterwald 77 (+5)

Results timeline[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

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

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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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