|APR ||1955 -- Greensboro, N.C., accountant Bernard Robinson is asked to file federal income tax forms for a young professional golfer from Cleveland who is in town for the Greater Greensboro Open. The golfer, Arnold Palmer, reported 1954 earnings of $1,700 from W.C. Wehner Company, Cleveland, for paint sales, and $1,250 from Wilson Sporting Goods to represent the Chicago company. The file includes the note, “Taxpayer is a professional golfer and played in one tournament (Greater Miami Open) during 1954.” For his efforts, Robinson charged a fee of two dozen golf balls. Robinson’s son, Freddy H., finds the file in 1994 and sends it to Palmer with the request that it be displayed in the firm’s offices. Palmer agrees and keeps a copy for his own memorabilia files. |
|APR ||1958 -- Following a practice round with Ben Hogan, Jackie Burke and Dow Finsterwald preceding the Masters, Palmer overhears legendary Hogan say to Burke, “Tell me something, Jackie: How the hell did Palmer get an invitation to the Masters?” Using Hogan’s jibe as fuel, Palmer insinuates himself onto the Augusta leaderboard the next day with an opening round 70.|
|APR ||1958 -- Five days after overhearing Ben Hogan wonder aloud “how the hell Palmer got an invitation to the Masters,” Palmer earns a lifetime invitation by birdieing the 18th hole during the final round to win his first of four titles and $14,000. In her excitement, Winnie Palmer writes a 10 percent winner’s caddie check to Nathaniel “Ironman” Avery and misplaces the comma. Ironman awkwardly points out that his check is for $14,000, not $1,400. The win will commence a streak in which Palmer will win the Masters every other year between 1958 and 1964.|
|APR ||1959 -- Golf Magazine launches its inaugural issue with a
splashy profile of Palmer that describes him as having an “almost girly
30-inch waist.” Palmer will eventually appear on the popular magazine’s
cover 21 times. |
|APR ||1951 -- Area newspapers print pictures of Wake Forest Demon Deacon golf captain Arnold Palmer receiving the medalist trophy for the Southern Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Athens (Georgia) Country Club.|
|APR ||1958 -- Golf writers begin to take notice of the new Laurel Valley
Golf Club in Ligonier, opened earlier in 1958 in Ligonier,
Pennsylvania. The splendid Dick Wilson design will serve as the home
course for Arnold Palmer, one of the club’s cofounders.|
1964 -- In handicapping the field, Golf Digest picks Palmer as the 4-to-1 favorite to be the first man to win four Masters championships. The pick will prove prophetic.
1959 -- Defending Masters champion Arnold Palmer tees off at 12:30 p.m. in a pairing with Sam Snead. Huge galleries line the fairways. Palmer shoots 71 on his way to a third place finish.
|APR ||1959 -- Palmer fails to defend his Masters title, finishes 3rd and earns $4,500.|
|APR ||1959 -- Palmer ties for third at the Houston Classic; earns $1,850. |