Life well lived: Palmer's notable accomplishments

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Here are the key dates and notable accomplishments in Arnold Palmer's remarkable career.

• Born Sept. 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pa.

• Attended Wake Forest University

• Turned professional after winning 1954 U.S. Amateur

• Won 92 professional tournaments worldwide

• Designed more than 250 golf courses

• Honored with more than 130 awards and distinctions

• First golfer to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 (Jack Nicklaus, 2005; Charlie Sifford, 2014)

• Second golfer to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal (2009)

• One of 13 original inductees into World Golf Hall of Fame (1974)

• 62 career PGA Tour wins (fifth-most all-time)

• Seven career professional majors won (tied for seventh-most all-time)

• Won seven majors from 1958 through 1964 (no other player won more than three in span)

• Won U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open & U.S. Senior Open (first to win all three)

• Two-time PGA Player of the Year

• Four-time Vardon Trophy Winner

• Awarded PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998

• One of four players to win Masters four or more times (Jack Nicklaus, six; Tiger Woods, four)

• Co-founder, Golf Channel


Arnold Palmer In The Masters

• Four-time winner (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)

• Finished in top 10 11 years in a row

• Record 50 consecutive starts (1955-2004)

• Honorary starter 2007-2014


Arnold Palmer In The U.S. Open

• 1960 champion at Cherry Hills CC

• Holds record for largest final round comeback (seven shots)

• Four-time runner-up

• Final start came at Oakmont in 1994


Arnold Palmer In The Open

• Finished second in first appearance in 1960 at St. Andrews

• Two-time champion: 1961 at Royal Birkdale and 1962 at Royal Troon

• Final start came at St. Andrews in 1995


Arnold Palmer In The Ryder Cup

• Played on six U.S. teams (all winning sides)

• 22 matches won – most by an American player

• Overall record of 22-8-2

• Two-time United States captain (1963 and 1975)


Most Consecutive Seasons With a Win in PGA Tour History

Arnold Palmer, 1955-71: 17

Jack Nicklaus, 1962-78: 17

Billy Casper, 1956-71: 16


Arnold Palmer Career Tournament Victories

PGA Tour wins: 62

Professional major titles: 7

PGA Tour Champions wins: 10

Senior major titles: 5

Other worldwide wins: 20


Notable Honors On and Off The Course

AP Athlete of the Decade: 1960s

PGA of America Player of Year: 1960, 1962

SI Sportsman of the Year: 1960

World Golf Hall of Fame: 1974

Presidential Medal of Freedom: 2004

Congressional Gold Medal: 2009


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