Today is Arnold Palmer’s birthday. Born at 7am on September 10th of 1929, he would have been 90 today.
Surprise home visits aren’t always welcomed, but on his 37th birthday Arnold Palmer opened the door to find President Dwight Eisenhower standing there with an overnight bag.
In 2004, to the roar of an adoring crowd, Arnold Palmer played in his 50th Masters and bid goodbye to a tournament he’d won four times and with which he had provided the golfing world with some of its best memories.
So much of Arnold Palmer’s success—both in golf and in life—had to do with his ability to look ahead.
An era came to an end on January 31, 2011 when Arnold Palmer made his final flight in the left seat.
"Keep it legible" Arnold Palmer used to tell pros, and they listened. To Arnie, autographs meant something, "a personal experience, a memento on which you can't put a price," he wrote in his book "A Life Well Played."
Arnold Palmer and Mastercard began a priceless pairing in 2004 when they joined forces for The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.
Among Arnold Palmer’s lasting impacts, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation specifically is dedicated to continuing the philanthropic legacy of Palmer and his family.
Smart, savvy and loving, Winnie’s role in Arnie’s success is undeniable.
In many ways, Arnold Palmer’s victory in the 1954 U.S. Amateur started it all. Within months of the win Palmer had turned pro, gotten married and begun his journey to becoming a legend. But more than that, it set the tone for Palmer’s career in a way that seemed as if it had been scripted in Hollywood, with a young working-class Arnie facing off against Robert Sweeny, a dashing, Oxford-educated banker’s son.
Arnold Palmer kicked off the 1960s by winning the first of his five Bob Hope Desert Classics in February of 1960 and he closed out the decade with a December, 1969 win in the Danny Thomas Diplomat Classic. In all, 43 of Palmer’s 62 PGA Tour wins came in the 1960s, including six of his seven majors (the 1958 Masters being the exception).
Sports Illustrated debuted the same year Arnold Palmer turned pro, and in 1960—early in both of their careers—it named him "Sportsman of the Year."
Arnold Palmer got hot in the desert, winning the Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs five times and taking the Phoenix Open three consecutively, in 1961, 62 and 63.
Arnold Palmer was famous for grinding away on golf clubs, spending hours in his workshop with sparks flying as he re-shaped, re-grooved and re-adjusted just about everything on a club that could be touched.
In 1971, during halftime of a game between Wake Forest and Miami, Arnold Palmer was inducted into his alma mater’s Sports Hall of Fame as the band spelled out A-R-N-I-E.