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#88: 50th and Final Masters

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.

#81: Wins the 1954 U.S. Amateur

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.

#72: Lowest Score

Arnold Palmer's best 18-hole score on tour was 62, which he made at the 1959 Thunderbird Invitational and the 1966 Los Angeles Open, both of which he won. But his all-time lowest score over 18 holes came in September of 1969 at Latrobe Country Club, where he grew up and learned to play golf.

#69: Holes-in-one

Most golfers go their whole lives without a hole-in-one, but Arnold Palmer had 20, his first while he was in high school and his last in 2011, when he was 82 years old.

#68: The Million-Dollar Man

A few years before The Six Million Dollar Man appeared on TV, Arnold Palmer took top prize at the 1967 American Golf Classic and became the first professional golfer in history to make more than $1 million in career earnings.

#67: Captain Presidents

Twice victorious as a captain in the Ryder Cup, Arnold Palmer said that being selected as U.S. Team Captain for the second staging of the Presidents Cup was “a thrill that almost stands by itself."

#63: Takes a 12 in LA

On the last hole of his first round at the 1961 Los Angeles Open, Arnold Palmer needed par to shoot 69. Instead the golfer teed it up on Rancho Park’s par-5 ninth—his last hole of the day—and reminded us that he was human, ultimately making 12.

#61: Hat Tricks

It’s a relatively short list of golfers who’ve carded victories at the same event in three consecutive years. Arnold Palmer is on it, having taken the Texas Open in 1960 through 62 and the Phoenix Open from 61 to 63.

#60: Final PGA Championship

Going for it between the trees and paying the price at Firestone Country Club in 1960, shooting four rounds in the 60s and not taking it in 1964, the incredible 3-wood and then disappointment at Pecan Valley in 1968, and the near-miss in 1970 at Southern Hills… With three second-place finishes and countless heartbreaks over the years, the PGA Championship was the one major that Arnold Palmer never won.

#50: Ryder Captain

Ryder Cups have always been hotly contested affairs, but Arnold Palmer had even more drive to win the 1963 event at East Lake Golf Club, perhaps, as he wasn’t just a player, he was the U.S. team captain.

#39: Wave from the Swilcan Bridge

In 1995, 35 years after he first crossed the Atlantic to play in the Open Championship, Arnold Palmer returned to where it all began for him, the Old Course at St Andrews, to play the event for the last time and to bid farewell to a tournament—and a nation—that he cherished.