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Arnold Palmer Timeline

The Arnold Palmer timeline is a historical journey over the career and life of Arnold Palmer. From the section below you can pick a date from the calendar below to view a particular moment in Arnie's life.

On This Day

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1955 -- Palmer wins his first professional tournament, the Canadian Open, with what will become a career low 72-hole total of 265. His first place check is $2,400, and becomes the first substantial check that will grow into career PGA Tour earnings of $2,100,239. Years later, when Tiger Woods is told of some of Palmer’s winning purses in comparison to his million dollar pay checks, he jokes, “Thank God for inflation.” The putter Palmer uses for his first victory is stolen from his unattended bag. It has never been found.
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1954 -- Palmer, 24, takes low amateur in the most lucrative tournament of its day, The George S. May’s All-American at Tam O’Shanter near Chicago. This year Jerry Barber’s 277 wins him $3,420. Palmer shoots a 285 and is presented a $150 stipend.
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1954 -- The unheralded son of a Latrobe, Pennsylvania, greenskeeper, begins his unlikely quest for the 1954 U.S. Amateur title by defeating veteran New York golfer Frank Strafaci, a seven-time winner of the New York Metropolitan title, 1-up in his first of six matches on his march to the title at the Country Club of Detroit. Caddie Jimmy Gill, then 16, remembers the 24-year-old Palmer as businesslike and “great beyond six feet” on the greens, “but pretty erratic inside six feet. But he was bold on every putt.” Meanwhile, reporters ask Gene Littler the identity of a slim golfer cracking balls on the practice tee. Littler says, “That’s Arnold Palmer. He’s going to be a great player some day. When he hits the ball, the earth shakes.”
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1954 -- Palmer loses three of the first four holes to fellow finalist Bob Sweeney during the final 36-hole championship, but charges back to win 1-up for the 54th U.S. Amateur Championship. Palmer, to this day, calls the championship his greatest and wrote a book about its pivotal role in his life called, The Turning Point.
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1954 -- The Detroit News publishes its next-day account of Palmer’s victory at the U.S. Amateur Championship. “Fighting a great uphill battle, Arnold Palmer, stocky former Coast Guardsman from Cleveland, made good on his fifth try for the U.S. Amateur golf championship by defeating millionaire Robert Sweeney, 1 up, 36 holes, at Country Club of Detroit.” The dramatic phrasing, the hints of a scrappy serviceman succeeding against a “millionaire” New York socialite will be echoed throughout Palmer’s career and will endear him to millions who like underdog heroes.
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1955 -- Palmer fires a first round 64 during the 1955 Canadian Open on his way to winning his first professional championship. The score will be the best opening round Palmer ever shoots in competition, a mark he’ll match four more times.
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1955 -- The name “Arnold Palmer” appears on the top of Golf World magazine for the first time as a professional as it announces Palmer’s win at the Canadian Open.
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1958 - Amy Palmer, Arnold's daughter, is born.