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Golfer at a Glance – 15 Things to Know About Arnold “The King” Palmer - Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Golfer at a Glance – 15 Things to Know About Arnold “The King” Palmer
By Hannah Birss

We take a trip back in time during this “Golfer at a Glance” segment to look at one of the most famous men that helped popularize golf – Arnold “The King” Palmer.

1. Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Sept 10, 1929, Arnold Palmer picked up his first set of clubs at the age of three when his father, a golf pro, shortened a set of regulation clubs so that his son could use them.

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Look at that grin. That is a man happy to be alive.
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2. By seventeen, it was obvious that Arnie was destined to become a golf star, earning him a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. However, his golf career took a hit when, in 1950, after the death of his college roommate Bud Worsham in a car accident he dropped out and joined the Coast Guard until 1954.

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Oh dear, what a cutie. I love a man in uniform.
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3. He quickly established his mastery, winning a total of 62 victories on the PGA Tour and ten on the Champions Tour. He also won the masters in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964 and was rated the sixth greatest player of all time in Golf Digest magazine’s rankings.

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That grin is incredibly infectious.
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4. He’s had a diverse number of golf-related businesses. He owned the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, negotiated the deal to build the first golf course in the People’s Republic of China, and owns the Arnold Palmer Design Company. He also owns the Latrobe Country Club, and is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

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He’s still got it!
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5. On 2007, the PGA Tour renamed the Bay Hill Invitational to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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I wish master-card would sponsor me, too.
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6. Arnie proposed to his first wife Winnie Walzer after knowing her for just three days. They were married from 1954 to her death in 1999 from cancer, and had two daughters together. Palmer remarried in 2005 to Kathleen Gawthrop in 2005, and they live together currently in Orlando, Florida. 

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A love story if I ever heard one.
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7. His fans were known as “Arnie’s Army” and followed him around as his own herd of golf groupies.

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Dear lord, the man was popular. Anyway we can arrange a giant mob for me?
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8. Palmer is a licensed jet pilot and flies a Cessna Citation X. Arnie has said that he believes that if it wasn’t for his success in golf, he would have gone on to become a full-time pilot. In fact, he has an airport named after him – the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

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He really hasn’t changed much.
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9. He’s literate as well – he wrote his autobiography “A Golfer’s Life” with James Dodson, and has written and co-written many other books on the sport.

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Hit it. Hit it good.
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10. He received the Congressional Gold Medal, signed by President Obama, in 2009 in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol – the sixth sportsman to receive the award.

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If he was to write down all of his titles and honors, I bet it would take up ten pages. Jealous.
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11. He underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1997, and while that experience caused him to slow down again, he still remains busy both on and off the course.

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He’s an inspiration in more ways than one.
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12. He is a spokesman for Pennzoil, making frequent appearances with his old red tractor in both TV and print advertisements.

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She thinks my tractor’s sexy.
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13. He wasn’t just a star on TV – he was one of the main reasons that The Golf Channel became a reality. He brought the game of golf into the homes of millions of Americans, creating a surge in interest. He’s credited with widening and popularizing the appeal of golf with his down to earth nature.

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Is this his living room or the studio? Because that set-up is killer and I want it.
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14. The Arnold Palmer” is an incredible popular mocktail beverage the combines both iced tea and lemonade – absolutely sure to cool you down and refresh you after a hot day on the green.

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Don’t worry guys, you can guzzle it by the gallon.
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15. Like other golfers, Arnie is heavily involved in charities and hospitals. There’s the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, the Arnold Palmer Prostate Centre, and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, among others. He’s just an all-around amazing human being.

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What about you? Do you know anything awesome about Arnold Palmer? Let us know in the comments below!


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