Biography of Golfer and Athlete Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer's charisma, which has drawn a legion of fans called "Arnie's Army," has made him history's most publicized golfer and he is credited with building the PGA tour from a $2 million a year prize in 1960 to $7 million in 1969. Because of his impact on the sport, he was named "Athlete of the Decade" for the 1960s in a nationwide poll of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Born in Latrobe, Pa., in 1929, he learned golf from his father, a club professional. After attending Wake Forest College and spending 2 years in the Coast Guard, he won the 1954 U.S. Amateur title and turned professional the following year when he was 25 years old. After finishing 32nd and 19th in the money standings in 1955 and 1956, respectively, he became the 5th leading money winner in 1957 and continued in the top 10 every year through 1971. He was the leading money winner 4 times, runner-up 3 times and 3rd twice during that period.

Palmer, who has won 80 tour titles, became golf's 1st million-dollar winner. He won more than $100,000 a season for 8 years, his highest earning being $209,603 in 1971.

He won his 1st major title in 1958, capturing the Masters. He won another Masters championship and added the U.S. Open in 1960. He won the British Open in 1961, his 3rd Masters title in 1962, and his 4th Masters in 1964. He was runner-up 3 times for the PGA Championship and won 3 Tournament of Champions titles. He was twice named PGA Player of the Year, in 1960 and 1962. He was a member of the 1961, 1965, 1967 and 1971 Ryder Cup teams.

When not playing on the pro tour, Palmer is involved in vast business enterprises, including a club-manufacturing company, sports clothes, golf carts, golf courses, a chain of franchised pitch-and-putt courses, driving ranges, franchised dry-cleaning establishments, and golf instructional materials.

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