Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on September 10, 1929 to Milfred J. "Deacon" and Doris Palmer. "Deacon" Palmer was a golf professional and the course superintendent at the Latrobe Country Club . He passed his passion for the sport to his son. The young Palmer began…more
In 1967, he became the first golfer to go over one million dollars in career earnings.
He was awarded the Hickok Belt, in 1960, as the top professional athlete of the year.
"Sports Illustrated" named him Sportsman of the year in 1960.
He was given the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
Arnold won the Vardon Trophy, awarded for the PGA's lowest scoring average, four times, in 1961, 62, 64 and 67.
He competed in his 50th and final Masters Championship in 2004.
He helped negotiate the deal to build the first golf course in the People's Republic of China.
He won the US Amateur Championship in 1954.
His autobiography, co-written with James Dodson, is called "A Golfer's Life".
The 1958 Masters was his first major championship.
He attended Wake Forest University.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
In June 2004 he was Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President G.W. Bush.
In Orlando, Florida there is a hospital named for him, The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women.
He was a founder and still sits on the board of the Golf Channel.
The Associated Press named him Athlete of the Decade for the 1960s.
The winner of the NCAA Golf Championship receives the "Arnold Palmer Award".
In 1973 he became the first golfer to win over $100,000 in a single year.
His first PGA Tour win was the 1955 Canadian Open.
Arnold Palmer: I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
Arnold Palmer: Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is.
Arnold Palmer: What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
Arnold Palmer: Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
Arnold Palmer: Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
Arnold Palmer: Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.
Arnold Palmer: I'm getting to the point where I'm going to just sort of fade away.
Arnold Palmer: It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He's aware of where he is and what he's doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of rightness. It is not merely mechanical, it is not only spiritual; it is something of both, on a different plane and a more remote one.
Arnold Palmer: (on the Old Course at St. Andrews) This is the origin of the game, golf in its purest form, and it's still played that way on a course seemingly untouched by time. Every time I play here, it reminds me that this is still a game.
Arnold Palmer: What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.
Arnold Palmer: The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
Arnold Palmer: I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.
Arnold Palmer: The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.
Arnold Palmer: Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.
Arnold Palmer: The more I practice the luckier I get.