Who's who: Arnold Palmer

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Who's who: Arnold Palmer

  • Name:

    Arnold Daniel Palmer
  • Also known as:

    The King; Arnie
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1929-2016]. Born on Sept 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Died on Sept 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aged 87.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Latrobe, Pennsylvania
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf course designer; golf course management; entrepreneur.
  • Turned Pro:

    1954
  • Website:

    https://www.arnoldpalmer.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (7): The Open (1961, '62); US Open (1960); Masters Tournament (1958, '60, '62, '64). Senior MAJORS (5): US Snr Open (1981); US Snr PGA (1980, '84); Snr Players (1984, '85).

US Amateur champion (1954). Ryder Cup player (1961, '63, '65, '67, '71, '73). Ryder Cup captain (1963, '75). Presidents Cup captain (1996). Total professional wins (95), including PGA Tour (62), Champions Tour (10) and wins in Europe (5), Australia (2) and South America. PGA Tour leading money winner (1958, '60, '62, '63).

Donald Ross Award (1999, ASGCA). Old Tom Morris Award (1983, GCSAA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974). Awarded the USA's highest civilian honours, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004, by George W. Bush) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2009).

Golf course design

Founded in 1972, the Arnold Palmer Design Company has created over 300 golf courses across the globe. Among some of the more notable layouts are:

UNITED STATES, CANADA & AMERICAS: Bay Hill (Orlando); Champions Retreat (Georgia); Four Seasons (Costa Rica); Isleworth (Orlando); King & Bear (Florida); Laurel Valley (Pennsylvania); Musgrove Mill (SC); TPC Boston (MA); Tradition (Calif); Wildfire, Palmer course (Orlando).

EUROPE: Castello di Tolcinasco (Italy); K Club (Ire); Rethmar (Ger); Sporting Club Berlin, Palmer course (Ger); Tralee (Ire); Vilamoura Victoria course (Portugal).

AFRICA, ASIA, AUSTRALASIA: Palmer course, Chung Shan Hot Spring (China); Dlf G&CC (India); Orchard (Phil); Sanctuary Cove (Aus).

Did you know?

Arnold Palmer attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Known to his legions of fans as "the King" or "Arnie", no one did more in the post-WW2 era to popularise the game of golf. In the late 1950s, as televised golf took hold, Palmer more than anyone was responsible for an unprecedented explosion of interest in the game, both at home in the USA and across the globe. It can be argued that only Tiger Woods has had an equally significant impact on the popularity of golf. Palmer's seven major championship victories and 62 wins on the PGA Tour are just part of the many achievements recorded by this golfing great. In the later part of his career, golf course design also became an important part of Arnie's legacy.

Top tournaments won by Arnold Palmer

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

6 skins

Prize money

$190,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Skins Game (Jan 30/31; four-man Snr PGA Tour unofficial money event). Defending champion Palmer (USA) won with a total of 6 skins worth $190,000. Second was Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) 5 skins worth $145,000. Third was Raymond Floyd (USA) 4 skins worth $60,000. Fourth was Jack Nicklaus (USA) 3 skins worth $55,000. [South course, Mauna Lani Resort, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

7 skins

Prize money

$205,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Skins Game (Jan 25/26; four-man Snr PGA Tour unofficial money event). Palmer (USA) won with a total of 7 skins worth $205,000. Second was Chi Chi Rodriguez (PR/USA) 4 skins worth $120,000. Third was defending champion Jack Nicklaus (USA) 5 skins worth $95,000. Fourth was Lee Trevino (USA) 2 skins worth $30,000. [South course, Mauna Lani Resort, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

8 skins

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Skins Game (Jan 27/28; four-man Snr PGA Tr unofficial money event). Palmer (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $240,000. Second was Jack Nicklaus (USA) 8 skins worth $140,000. Third was Lee Trevino (USA) 2 skins worth $70,000. Gary Player (RSA) was shutout with no skins. [South course, Mauna Lani Resort, Puako, Big Island, Hawaii].

1988
America
Hermitage CC, VA
203 (-13)
$48,750
Crestar

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Hermitage CC, VA

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$48,750

Title sponsor

Crestar

Played as the Crestar Classic. Second-placed Lee Elder (USA), Jim Ferree (USA) and Larry Mowry (USA) finished 4 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded the last of his ten US Snr Tr victories. [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, Virginia].

1986
America
Purpoodock Club
200 (-13)
$38,000
Unionmutual

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Purpoodock Club

Score

200 (-13)

Prize money

$38,000

Title sponsor

Unionmutual

Played as the Unionmutual Seniors Golf Classic (Sept 26-28; unofficial seniors invitational event). Second-placed Don January (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA), who eagled the par-5 16th hole on all three days of the tournament. [Purpoodock Club, Cape Elizabeth, nr Portland, Maine].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$36,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 20-23). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA), Lee Elder (USA), Gene Littler (USA) and Charles Owens (USA) finished 11 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded his fifth senior major championship win. [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

1984
America
134
$21,500
Doug Sanders

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

134

Prize money

$21,500

Title sponsor

Doug Sanders

Played as the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic (unofficial 36-hole event). Arnold Palmer and Miller Barber shared first prize after the tournament was shortened due to bad weather. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$36,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 21-24). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded back-to-back senior major championship wins. [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

1984
America
Boca Grove Plantn
205 (-11)
$30,000
Quadel

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Boca Grove Plantn

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Quadel

Played as the Quadel Seniors Classic (Nov 30-Dec 2). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) and Orville Moody (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Palmer (USA). [Boca Grove Plantation GC, Boca Raton, Florida].

1983
America
Boca Grove Plantn
271 (-17)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Boca Grove Plantn

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Boca Grove Seniors Classic (Dec 1-4; Snr PGA Tour season-ending event). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Boca Grove Plantation GC, Boca Raton, Florida].

1982
America
Marlborough CC
276 (-8)
$25,000
Marlborough CC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Marlborough CC

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Marlborough CC

Played as the Marlborough Classic. Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) and Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 4 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Marlborough CC, Marlborough, Massachusetts].

1982
America
Pinehurst CC, CO
275 (-5)
$25,000
Denver Post

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Pinehurst CC, CO

Score

275 (-5)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Denver Post

Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Pinehurst CC, Denver, Colorado].

1981
Majors
289 (+9)
$26,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

289 (+9)

Prize money

$26,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (July 9-12). Palmer (USA) beat Billy Casper (USA) and Bob Stone (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Palmer 70, Stone 74, Casper 77). [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].

1980
Majors
289 (+1)
$20,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

289 (+1)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (Dec 4-7; the Snr PGA Tr was launched in this year; this was its season-ending event. This event, together with the U.S. Senior Open played in June, launched the concept of "senior majors"). Palmer (USA), making his debut in this event, beat Paul Harney (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1975
Europe
283 (-5)
£3,731
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

£3,731

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Spanish Open. Second-placed John Fourie (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [South course, La Manga Club, nr Cartagena, Murcia].

1975
Europe
285 (+5)
£10,000
Penfold

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

285 (+5)

Prize money

£10,000

Title sponsor

Penfold

Played as the Penfold PGA Championship (May 23-26). Second-placed Eamonn Darcy (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA), the event's first winner from outside UK or Ireland. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

1973
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
343 (-17)
$32,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

343 (-17)

Prize money

$32,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 7-11). Second-placed Johnny Miller (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA), who posted the last of his 62 PGA Tour wins. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC; La Quinta CC].

1971
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
202
Lancome

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

202

Prize money

Title sponsor

Lancome

Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Arnold Palmer (USA). Tournament played over 54 holes. [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

1971
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
342 (-18)
$28,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

342 (-18)

Prize money

$28,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 10-14). Palmer (USA) beat Raymond Floyd (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC; La Quinta CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the National Team Championship

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Westchester Classic (July 22-25). Second-placed Gibby Gilbert (USA) and Hale Irwin (USA) finished 5 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded his 60th PGA Tour win. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].

1971
America
Rio Pinar CC
270 (-18)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Rio Pinar CC

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Florida Citrus Invitational (March 11-14). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Rio Pinar CC, Orlando, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the National Four-Ball Championship.

1969
America
283 (-1)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

283 (-1)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Heritage Golf Classic (Nov 27-30). Second-placed Bert Yancey (USA) and Dick Crawford (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

1969
America
Danny Thomas

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

Danny Thomas

Played as the Danny Thomas Diplomat Classic.

1968
America
Pleasant Valley, Mass.
276 (-12)
$30,000
Kemper Insurance

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Pleasant Valley, Mass.

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Kemper Insurance

Played as the inaugural Kemper Open. Second-placed Art Wall Jr (USA) and Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished shots behind 39-year-old Palmer (USA). [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, Massachusetts].

1968
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
348 (-12)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

348 (-12)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Jan 31-Feb 4). Palmer (USA) beat Deane Beman (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].

1967
Europe
1 up
£5,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

1 up

Prize money

£5,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Tournament (Oct 12-14; field of eight players). Palmer (USA) beat Peter Thomson (USA) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1967
America
Firestone CC
276 (-4)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1967
America
269 (-15)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 26-29). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Palmer (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1967
America
Upper Montclair CC
283 (-5)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Upper Montclair CC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Classic. Second-placed Charles Coody (USA), Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Art Wall Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, NJ].

1967
Awards
70.18
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

70.18

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$12,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tucson Open Invitational. Second-placed Chuck Courtney (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 5 shots behind Palmer (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer (USA). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].

1966
America
273 (-11)
$11,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 6-9; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) and defending champion Paul Harney (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-20)

Prize money

A$1,600

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Australian Open (Oct 27-30). Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Royal Queensland GC, Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Qld.].

1966
America
275 (-9)
$21,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$21,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Champions International. Second-placed Gardner Dickinson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Cypress Creek course, Champions GC, Houston, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (April 15-18). Defending champion Palmer (USA) beat Gay Brewer (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Palmer 69, Brewer 73), to record the last of his three wins in this event. [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$14,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (Apr 29-May 2). Second-placed Chi Chi Rodriguez (Peurto Rico) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded the second of his three wins in this event. [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC].

1964
Europe
2 & 1
£5,000
Piccadilly

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

£5,000

Title sponsor

Piccadilly

Played as the inaugural Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 9-11; field of eight players). Palmer (USA) beat Neil Coles (Eng) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

1964
Majors
276 (-12)
$20,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (28th) (April 9-12). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Dave Marr (USA) finished 6 shots behind Palmer (USA), who claimed the last of his four wins in The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1964
America
Quail Creek, OK
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Quail Creek, OK

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Oklahoma City Open Invitational. [Quail Creek G&CC, Oklahoma City, OK].

1964
Awards
70.01
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

70.01

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Whitemarsh Open Invitational.

1963
America
Beverly CC
280 (-4)
$11,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Beverly CC

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Palmer (USA) beat Julius Boros (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Palmer 70, Boros 71, Nicklaus 73). [Beverly CC, Chicago, IL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Cleveland Open Invitational.

1963
America
274 (-10)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 3-7; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) and Al Balding (Can) finished 3 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Rancho Park GC, Los Angeles, CA].

1963
America
Arizona CC
273 (-15)
$5,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 7-12). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) and third-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot and 2 shots respectively behind Palmer (USA) ... giving the "Big Three" a 1-2-3 finish. Palmer claimed his third straight win in this event. Final round delayed until Tuesday following two days of heavy rain. [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1963
Awards
$128,230
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

$128,230

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won his fourth (and second straight) PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1963 season earnings of $128,230 on the Tour. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was second with $100,050; Julius Boros (USA) was third with $77,357.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Classic Invitational. Palmer (USA) beat Paul Harney (USA) in a playoff. [Westchester CC, Rye, NY].

1963
America
Pensacola CC
273 (-15)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (March 7-10). Second-placed Harold Kneece (USA) and Gary Player (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

1962
Awards
$81,448
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

$81,448

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won his third PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1962 season earnings of $81,448 on the Tour. Gene Littler (USA) was second with $66,201; Jack Nicklaus (USA) was third with $61,869.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$11,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tournament of Champions (May 3-6). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA), who recorded the first of his three wins in this event. [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC].

1962
America
Firestone CC
276 (-4)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

276 (-4)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Mason Rudolph (USA) finished 5 shots behind Palmer (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1962
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
269 (-15)
$5,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 8-11). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA), Bob McCallister (USA), Billy Casper (USA) and Don Fairfield (USA) finished 12 shots behind defending champion Palmer (USA), who recorded back-to-back PGA Tour wins. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1962
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won his second PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

1962
America
273 (-11)
$4,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$4,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA), Gene Littler (USA), Mason Rudolph (USA) and Joe Campbell (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA), who won this event for the third straight year. This was the last of Palmer's three wins in this event. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

1962
Majors
276 (-12)
£1,400
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

£1,400

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (91st) (July 11-13). Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Palmer (USA). [Old Course, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Ayrshire].

1962
Awards
70.27
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

70.27

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won his second straight PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1962
Majors
280 (-8)
$20,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (26th) (April 5-9). Palmer (USA) beat Gary Player (RSA) and Dow Finsterwald (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Palmer 68 (-4), Player 71 (-1), Finsterwald 77 (+5). This was the third of four wins for Palmer in The Masters. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$7,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colonial National Invitation. Palmer (USA) beat Johnny Pott (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Palmer 69, Pott 73). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].

1962
America
Bermuda Dunes CC
342 (-17)
$5,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Bermuda Dunes CC

Score

342 (-17)

Prize money

$5,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Palm Springs Golf Classic (Jan 31-Feb 4). Second-placed Jay Hebert (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC; Thunderbird CC; Eldorado CC].

1961
America
270 (-10)
$4,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

$4,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Al Balding (Can) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Palmer (USA). This was the second of Palmer's three wins in this event. [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Baton Rouge Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Diego Open Invitational (Jan 12-15). Palmer (USA) beat Al Balding (Can) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. Balding was also runner-up to Palmer in this event in 1957. [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Mission Valley CC].

1961
America
Arizona CC
270 (-10)
$4,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

$4,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Feb 9-13). Palmer (USA) beat Doug Sanders (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (Palmer 67; Sanders 70). [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1961
Awards
69.85
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

69.85

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

1961
America
Blythefield CC
271 (-13)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Blythefield CC

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Blythefield CC, Belmont, nr Grand Rapids, Mich].

1961
Majors
284 (-4)
£1,400
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

£1,400

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (90th) (July 12-14). Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].

1960
America
Ft Sam Houston
276 (-12)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Ft Sam Houston

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Texas Open Invitational. Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) and Frank Stranahan (USA) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA). This was the first of Palmer's three wins in this event. The last PGA Tour event held at an active-duty military golf course. [Ft Sam Houston GC, San Antonio, TX].

1960
America
338 (-22)
$12,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

338 (-22)

Prize money

$12,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic (Feb 3-7; evolved out of the Thunderbird Invitational tournament 1952-59). Second-placed Fred Hawkins (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA), who also won the 1959 Thunderbird Invtl. [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC].

1960
Majors
280 (-4)
$14,400
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$14,400

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (60th) (Jun 16-18). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, nr Denver, CO].

1960
Awards
$75,263
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

$75,263

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won his second PGA Tour leading money winner title, with 1960 season earnings of $75,262 on the Tour. Ken Venturi (USA) was second on the money list.

1960
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational.

1960
Majors
282 (-6)
$17,500
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$17,500

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (24th) (April 7-10). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA), who recorded the second of his four wins in The Masters. Later that year Palmer also won the US Open. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Baton Rouge Open Invitational.

1960
America
Pensacola CC
273 (-15)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Pensacola CC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pensacola Open (March 10-13). Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Pensacola CC, Pensacola, FL].

1960
America
Wethersfield CC
270 (-14)
$3,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$3,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open. Palmer (USA) beat Jack Fleck (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. Bill Collins (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the West Palm Beach Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Oklahoma City Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

266 (-18)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Thunderbird Invitational (which in 1960 evolved into the first Bob Hope Classic). Second-placed Ken Venturi (USA) and Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 3 shots behind Palmer (USA). [Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the St Petersburg Open Invitational.

1958
Awards
$42,605
see Score
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

$42,605

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Palmer (USA) was the PGA Tour 1958 leading money winner, with earnings of $42,605 on the Tour. Billy Casper (USA) was second on the money list.

1958
America
Pine Hollow, NY
273 (-11)
$9,000
Pepsi

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Pine Hollow, NY

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

Pepsi

Played as the inaugural (and only) Pepsi Championship (June 26-29). Second-placed Jay Hebert (USA) finished 5 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Pine Hollow CC, East Norwich, New York].

1958
Majors
284 (-4)
$11,250
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$11,250

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (22nd) (April 3-6). Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) and Fred Hawkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA), who won the first of his four Masters green jackets, and the first of his seven major championship titles. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$7,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Doug Ford (USA) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA), whose 69 was the only sub-par round of the final day. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].

1957
America
Firestone CC
272 (-12)
$2,800
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$2,800

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rubber City Open Invitational (June 6-9). Palmer (USA) beat Doug Ford (USA) with a 25-foot chip-in for birdie at the sixth playoff hole. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Azalea Open Invitational.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

x

Played as the San Diego Open Invitational (Oct 31-Nov 3). Second-placed Al Balding (Can) finished 1 shot behind Palmer (USA). [Riverwalk GC, San Diego, CA; at the time known as Mission Valley CC].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Open.

1956
America
Wethersfield CC
274 (-10)
$4,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Wethersfield CC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$4,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Insurance City Open. Palmer (USA) beat Ted Kroll (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record his second PGA Tour victory. [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].

1956
America
Cali CC
280 (-4)
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Cali CC

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Colombian Open (Abierto de Colombia). Won by 26-year-old Palmer (USA) by 2 shots, who claimed his first win as a professional. [CC of Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia].

1956
America
Panama GC
283 (-5)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Panama GC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Panama Open. Palmer (USA) beat Sam Snead (USA) with a birdie at the sixth sudden-death playoff hole. [GC de Panama, Panama City, Panama].

1955
America
265 (-23)
$2,400
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$2,400

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Jack Burke Jr (USA) finished 4 shots behind Palmer (USA), who recorded the first of his 62 PGA Tour wins at this event. [Weston G&CC, Toronto, Ont.]

1954
Amateur
Detroit CC
1 hole
n/a
USGA

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Palmer, Arnold

Venue

Detroit CC

Score

1 hole

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Amateur Championship (54th). Palmer (USA) beat Robert Sweeney Jr (USA) by 1 hole in the final. [CC of Detriot, Grosse Pte Farms, Mich.].

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