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Arnold Palmer
— Golfer —
ArnoldPalmerCoastGuard1953.jpg
Palmer in 1953
Personal information
Full nameArnold Daniel Palmer
NicknameThe King
Born(1929-09-10) September 10, 1929 (age 84)
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLatrobe, Pennsylvania
Orlando, Florida
SpouseWinifred Walzer Palmer
(1934–99)
(m. 1954–99, her death)
Kathleen Gawthrop
(m. 2005)
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1954
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins95
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour62 (5th all time)
European Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia2
Champions Tour10
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Masters TournamentWon: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
U.S. OpenWon: 1960
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1961, 1962
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1964, 1968, 1970
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1974 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
PGA Player of the Year1960, 1962
Vardon Trophy1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year
1960
Bob Jones Award1971
Old Tom Morris Award1983
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
1998
Payne Stewart Award2000
Presidential Medal
of Freedom
2004
Congressional Gold Medal2009
 
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Arnold Palmer
— Golfer —
ArnoldPalmerCoastGuard1953.jpg
Palmer in 1953
Personal information
Full nameArnold Daniel Palmer
NicknameThe King
Born(1929-09-10) September 10, 1929 (age 84)
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceLatrobe, Pennsylvania
Orlando, Florida
SpouseWinifred Walzer Palmer
(1934–99)
(m. 1954–99, her death)
Kathleen Gawthrop
(m. 2005)
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1954
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins95
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour62 (5th all time)
European Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia2
Champions Tour10
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Masters TournamentWon: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
U.S. OpenWon: 1960
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1961, 1962
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1964, 1968, 1970
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1974 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
PGA Player of the Year1960, 1962
Vardon Trophy1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year
1960
Bob Jones Award1971
Old Tom Morris Award1983
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
1998
Payne Stewart Award2000
Presidential Medal
of Freedom
2004
Congressional Gold Medal2009
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.

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.[8]

Legacy[edit]

In 2000, Palmer was ranked the sixth greatest player of all time in Golf Digest magazine's rankings.[9]

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.[10]

Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.[11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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".[15]

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.[16] 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 Youngstown 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."[17] 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.[18] Palmer remarried in 2005 to Kathleen Gawthrop.[19]

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

Amateur wins (26)[edit]

Amateur major wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreRunner-up
1954U.S. Amateur1 upUnited States Robert Sweeny Jr.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1948194919501951195219531954
U.S. AmateurR256R64R256DNPDNPR161

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:[20]

Professional wins (95)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (62)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 20, 1955Canadian Open−23 (64-67-64-70=265)4 strokesUnited States Jack Burke, Jr.
2Jul 1, 1956Insurance City Open−10 (66-69-68-71=274)PlayoffUnited States Ted Kroll
3Jul 29, 1956Eastern Open−11 (70-66-69-72=277)2 strokesUnited States Dow Finsterwald
4Feb 25, 1957Houston Open−9 (67-72-71-69=279)1 strokeUnited States Doug Ford
5Mar 31, 1957Azalea Open Invitational−6 (70-67-70-75=282)1 strokeUnited States Dow Finsterwald
6Jun 9, 1957Rubber City Open Invitational−12 (71-66-67-68=272)PlayoffUnited States Doug Ford
7Oct 30, 1957San Diego Open Invitational−17 (65-68-68-70=271)1 strokeCanada Al Balding
8Oct 20, 1958St. Petersburg Open Invitational−12 (70-69-72-65=276)1 strokeCanada Al Balding, United States Dow Finsterwald
9Apr 6, 1958Masters Tournament−4 (70-73-68-73=284)1 strokeUnited States Doug Ford, United States Fred Hawkins
10Jun 29, 1958Pepsi Championship−11 (66-69-67-71=273)5 strokesUnited States Jay Hebert
11Jan 25, 1959Thunderbird Invitational−18 (67-70-67-62=266)PlayoffUnited States Jimmy Demaret, United States Ken Venturi
12May 11, 1959Oklahoma City Open Invitational−15 (73-64-67-69=273)2 strokesUnited States Bob Goalby
13Nov 29, 1959West Palm Beach Open Invitational−7 (72-67-66-76=281)PlayoffUnited States Gay Brewer, United States Pete Cooper
14Feb 7, 1960Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic−20 (67-73-67-66-65=338)3 strokesUnited States Fred Hawkins
15Feb 28, 1960Texas Open Invitational−12 (69-65-67-75=276)2 strokesUnited States Doug Ford, United States Frank Stranahan
16Mar 6, 1960Baton Rouge Open Invitational−9 (71-71-69-68=279)7 strokesUnited States Jay Hebert, United States Ron Reif,
United States Doug Sanders
17Mar 13, 1960Pensacola Open Invitational−15 (68-65-73-67=273)1 strokeUnited States Doug Sanders
18Apr 10, 1960Masters Tournament−6 (67-73-72-70=282)1 strokeUnited States Ken Venturi
19Jun 18, 1960U.S. Open−4 (72-71-72-65=280)2 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus
20Aug 7, 1960Insurance City Open Invitational−14 (70-68-66-66=270)PlayoffUnited States Bill Collins, United States Jack Fleck
21Nov 27, 1960Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational−14 (68-67-74-65=274)2 strokesUnited States Johnny Pott
22Jan 15, 1961San Diego Open Invitational−13 (69-68-69-65=271)PlayoffCanada Al Balding
23Feb 12, 1961Phoenix Open Invitational−10 (69-65-66-70=270)PlayoffUnited States Doug Sanders
24Feb 26, 1961Baton Rouge Open Invitational−22 (65-67-68-66=266)7 strokesUnited States Wes Ellis
25Apr 30, 1961Texas Open Invitational−10 (67-63-72-68=270)1 strokeCanada Al Balding
26Jun 25, 1961Western Open−13 (65-70-67-69=271)2 strokesUnited States Sam Snead
27Jul 15, 1961The Open Championship−4 (70-73-69-72=284)1 strokeWales Dai Rees
28Feb 4, 1962Palm Springs Golf Classic−17 (69-67-66-71-69=342)3 strokesUnited States Jay Hebert, United States Gene Littler
29Feb 11, 1962Phoenix Open Invitational−15 (64-68-71-66=269)12 strokesUnited States Billy Casper, United States Don Fairfield,
United States Bob McCallister
30Apr 9, 1962Masters Tournament−8 (70-66-69-75-68=280)PlayoffUnited States Dow Finsterwald, South Africa Gary Player
31Apr 29, 1962Texas Open Invitational−11 (67-69-70-67=273)1 strokeUnited States Joe Campbell, United States Gene Littler,
United States Mason Rudolph, United States Doug Sanders
32May 6, 1962Tournament of Champions−12 (69-70-69-68=276)1 strokeUnited States Billy Casper
33May 13, 1962Colonial National Invitation+1 (67-72-66-76=281)PlayoffUnited States Johnny Pott
34Jul 13, 1962The Open Championship−12 (71-69-67-69=276)6 strokesAustralia Kel Nagle
35Aug 12, 1962American Golf Classic−4 (67-69-70-70=276)5 strokesUnited States Mason Rudolph
36Jan 7, 1963Los Angeles Open−10 (69-69-70-66=274)3 strokesCanada Al Balding, South Africa Gary Player
37Feb 12, 1963Phoenix Open Invitational−15 (68-67-68-70=273)1 strokeSouth Africa Gary Player
38Mar 10, 1963Pensacola Open Invitational−15 (69-68-69-67=273)2 strokesUnited States Harold Kneece, South Africa Gary Player
39Jun 16, 1963Thunderbird Classic Invitational−11 (67-70-68-72=277)PlayoffUnited States Paul Harney
40Jul 1, 1963Cleveland Open Invitational−11 (71-68-66-68=273)PlayoffUnited States Tommy Aaron, United States Tony Lema
41Jul 29, 1963Western Open−4 (73-67-67-73=280)PlayoffUnited States Julius Boros, United States Jack Nicklaus
42Oct 6, 1963Whitemarsh Open Invitational−7 (70-71-66-74=281)1 strokeUnited States Lionel Hebert
43Apr 12, 1964Masters Tournament−12 (69-68-69-70=276)6 strokesUnited States Dave Marr, United States Jack Nicklaus
44May 18, 1964Oklahoma City Open Invitational−11 (72-69-69-67=277)2 strokesUnited States Lionel Hebert
45May 2, 1965Tournament of Champions−11 (66-69-71-71=277)3 strokesPuerto Rico Chi Chi Rodriguez
46Jan 9, 1966Los Angeles Open−11 (72-66-62-73=273)3 strokesUnited States Miller Barber, United States Paul Harney
47Apr 18, 1966Tournament of Champions−5 (74-70-70-69=283)PlayoffUnited States Gay Brewer
48Nov 20, 1966Houston Champions International−9 (70-68-68-69=275)1 strokeUnited States Gardner Dickinson
49Jan 29, 1967Los Angeles Open−15 (70-64-67-68=269)5 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer
50Feb 19, 1967Tucson Open Invitational−15 (66-67-67-73=273)1 strokeUnited States Chuck Courtney
51Aug 13, 1967American Golf Classic−4 (70-67-72-67=276)3 strokeUnited States Doug Sanders
52Sep 24, 1967Thunderbird Classic−5 (71-71-72-69=283)1 strokeUnited States Charles Coody, United States Jack Nicklaus,
United States Art Wall, Jr.
53Feb 4, 1968Bob Hope Desert Classic−12 (72-70-67-71-68=348)PlayoffUnited States Deane Beman
54Sep 15, 1968Kemper Open−12 (69-70-70-67=276)4 strokesAustralia Bruce Crampton, United States Art Wall, Jr.
55Nov 30, 1969Heritage Golf Classic−1 (68-71-70-74=283)3 strokesUnited States Dick Crawford, United States Bert Yancey
56Dec 7, 1969Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic−18 (68-67-70-65=270)2 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer
57Jul 26, 1970National Four-Ball Championship
PGA Players
(with United States Jack Nicklaus)
−25 (61-67-64-67=259)3 strokesAustralia Bruce Crampton & United States Orville Moody,
United States Gardner Dickinson & United States Sam Snead,
United States George Archer & United States Bobby Nichols
58Feb 14, 1971Bob Hope Desert Classic−18 (67-71-66-68-70=342)PlayoffUnited States Raymond Floyd
59Mar 14, 1971Florida Citrus Invitational−18 (66-68-68-68=270)1 strokeUnited States Julius Boros
60Jul 25, 1971Westchester Classic−18 (64-70-68-68=270)5 strokesUnited States Gibby Gilbert, United States Hale Irwin
61Aug 1, 1971National Team Championship
(with United States Jack Nicklaus)
−27 (62-64-65-66=257)6 strokesUnited States Julius Boros & United States Bill Collins,
New Zealand Bob Charles & Australia Bruce Devlin
62Feb 11, 1973Bob Hope Desert Classic−17 (71-66-69-68-69=343)2 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus, United States Johnny Miller

PGA Tour playoff record (14–10)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11956Insurance City OpenUnited States Ted KrollWon with birdie on second extra hole
21957Rubber City Open InvitationalUnited States Doug FordWon with birdie on sixth extra hole
31958Azalea OpenUnited States Howie JohnsonLost 18-hole playoff (Johnson:77, Palmer:78)
41959West Palm Beach OpenUnited States Gay Brewer, United States Pete CooperWon with par on fourth extra hole
51960Houston ClassicUnited States Bill CollinsLost 18-hole playoff (Collins:69, Palmer:71)
61960Insurance City OpenUnited States Bill Collins, United States Jack FleckPalmer won with birdie on third extra hole
Collins eliminated with birdie on first hole
71961San Diego Open InvitationalCanada Al BaldingWon with birdie on first extra hole
81961Phoenix Open InvitationalUnited States Doug SandersWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67 Sanders: 70)
91961500 Festival Open InvitationUnited States Doug FordLost to birdie on second extra hole
101962Masters TournamentUnited States Dow Finsterwald, South Africa Gary PlayerWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:68, Player:71, Finsterwald:77)
111962Colonial National InvitationUnited States Johnny PottWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Pott:73)
121962U.S. OpenUnited States Jack NicklausLost 18-hole playoff (Nicklaus:71, Palmer:74)
131963Thunderbird ClassicUnited States Paul HarneyWon with par on first extra hole
141963U.S. OpenUnited States Julius Boros, United StatesJacky CupitLost 18-hole playoff (Boros:70, Cupit:73, Palmer:76)
151963Cleveland OpenUnited States Tommy Aaron, United States Tony LemaWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:67, Aaron:70, Lema:70)
161963Western OpenUnited States Julius Boros, United StatesJack NicklausWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Boros:71, Nicklaus:73)
171964Cleveland OpenUnited States Tony LemaLost to birdie on first extra hole
181964Pensacola OpenUnited States Miller Barber, South Africa Gary PlayerPlayer won 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)
191966Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Doug SandersLost to birdie on first extra hole
201966Tournament of ChampionsUnited States Gay BrewerWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:69, Brewer:73)
211966U.S. OpenUnited States Billy CasperLost 18-hole playoff (Casper:69, Palmer:73)
221968Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Deane BemanWon with par on second extra hole
231970Byron Nelson Golf ClassicUnited States Jack NicklausLost to birdie on first extra hole
241971Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Raymond FloydWon with birdie on second extra hole

Source:[21]

Other wins (18)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Dec 7, 1980PGA Seniors Championship+1 (72-69-73-75=289)PlayoffUnited States Paul Harney
2Jul 12, 1981U.S. Senior Open+9 (72-76-68-73=289)PlayoffUnited States Billy Casper, United States Bob Stone
3Jun 13, 1982Marlboro Classic−8 (68-70-69-69=276)4 strokesUnited States Billy Casper, United States Bob Rosburg
4Aug 15, 1982Denver Post Champions of Golf−5 (68-67-73-67=275)1 strokeUnited States Bob Goalby
5Dec 4, 1983Boca Grove Seniors Classic−17 (65-69-70-67=271)3 strokesUnited States Billy Casper
6Jan 22, 1984General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship−12 (66-66-72=204)2 strokesUnited States Don January
7Jun 24, 1984Senior Tournament Players Championship−6 (69-63-79-71=282)3 strokesAustralia Peter Thomson
8Dec 2, 1984Quadel Seniors Classic−11 (67-71-67=205)1 strokeUnited States Lee Elder, United States Orville Moody
9Jun 23, 1985Senior Tournament Players Championship−14 (67-71-68-68=274)11 strokesUnited States Miller Barber, United States Lee Elder,
United States Gene Littler, United States Charles Owens
10Sep 18, 1988Crestar Classic−13 (65-68-70=203)4 strokesUnited States Lee Elder, United States Jim Ferree, United States Larry Mowry

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11980PGA Seniors' ChampionshipUnited States Paul HarneyWon with birdie on first extra hole
21981U.S. Senior OpenUnited States Billy Casper, United States Bob StoneWon 18-hole playoff (Palmer:70, Stone:74, Casper:77)
31984Daytona Beach Seniors Golf ClassicUnited States Orville Moody, United States Dan SikesMoody won with birdie on second extra hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (5)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1958Masters TournamentTied for lead−4 (70-73-68-73=284)1 strokeUnited States Doug Ford, United States Fred Hawkins
1960Masters Tournament (2)1 shot lead−6 (67-73-72-70=282)1 strokeUnited States Ken Venturi
1960U.S. Open7 shot deficit−4 (72-71-72-65=280)2 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus
1961The Open Championship1 shot lead−4 (70-73-69-72=284)1 strokeWales Dai Rees
1962Masters Tournament (3)2 shot lead−8 (70-66-69-75=280)Playoff 1South Africa Gary Player, United States Dow Finsterwald
1962The Open Championship (2)5 shot lead−12 (71-69-67-69=276)6 strokesAustralia Kel Nagle
1964Masters Tournament (4)5 shot lead−12 (69-68-69-70=276)6 strokesUnited 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]

Tournament1953195419551956195719581959
Masters TournamentDNPDNPT1021T713
U.S. OpenCUTCUTT217CUTT23T5
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT40T14
Tournament1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters Tournament1T21T91T2T44CUT27
U.S. Open1T142T2T5CUT2259T6
The Open Championship211T26DNP16T8DNPT10DNP
PGA ChampionshipT7T5T17T40T2T33T6T14T2WD
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT36T18T33T24T11T13CUTT24T37CUT
U.S. OpenT54T243T4T5T9T50T19CUTT59
The Open Championship12DNPT7T14DNPT16T557T34DNP
PGA ChampionshipT2T18T16CUTT28T33T15T19CUTCUT
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT24CUT47T36CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open63CUTCUTT60DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT23T27T56CUTDNPDNPCUTDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipT7276CUTT67CUTT65CUTT65CUTT63
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament20002001200220032004
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

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]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament421912195025
U.S. Open1411013183324
The Open Championship21037122317
PGA Championship03046133724
Totals710226386214390

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1980PGA Seniors' Championship+1 (72-69-73-75=289)Playoff1United States Paul Harney
1981U.S. Senior Open+9 (72-76-68-73=289)Playoff2United States Billy Casper, United States Bob Stone
1984aGeneral Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (2)−6 (69-63-79-71=282)2 strokesUnited States Don January
1984Senior Players Championship−12 (72-68-67-69=276)3 strokesAustralia Peter Thomson
1985Senior Players Championship (2)−14 (67-71-68-68=274)11 strokesUnited 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

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