Residence: Orlando, Florida
Arnold Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest player to ever have played the game. He turned professional in 1954 and has 62 wins on the PGA Tour - putting him 5th of all time. He is still an active member of the Champions Tour where he has 10 victories. Arnold was part of the ‘big three’ (Himself, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus) who are credited with popularising the game worldwide.
Arnold learned the game from his father who was head professional and green keeper at Latrobe Country Club. By the age of 7 he was already breaking 70. He attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship. It was his win at the 1954 US Amateur Championship that made him think about joining the professional ranks. In his rookie season in 1955 Palmer won the Canadian Open.
It was his charisma that was a major factor of bringing golf out of the elite country clubs and established it as a compelling television event. His first Major win came at the 1958 Masters which cemented his position as one of the leading stars. In total Arnold won 7 Major Championships in a run that spanned just 6 years.
This run of major championship also included his most prolific run on the PGA Tour. Between 1960 and 1963 he won a total of 29 Tour events. Palmer also was the first winner on the World Matchplay Championship and the last playing captain of the US Ryder Cup team.
After taking a back step from playing the game, Palmer has built up a large portfolio of golf related business. His is the Owner of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge which is the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Finally Arnold was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and in 200 was voted as the 6th greatest player of all time by Golf Digest.
Arnold Palmer Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Arnold Palmer throughout his career
Arnold Palmer Tournament History