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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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1956 -- Palmer wins his first professional tournament on American soil, the Insurance City Open, at the Wethersfield C.C., Hartford, Connecticut. Earns $4,000 first place paycheck.
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1957 -- Palmer electrifies a future friend and adversary during a practice range warm-up session for the World Golf Championship at Tam O’Shanter C.C. near Chicago. Years later, Gary Player recalled the sensation from the first time he ever saw Palmer swing. “It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I saw him take one swing on the practice tee -- a drive -- and I said this was the best golfer I’d ever seen. One swing. What happened on that swing? That’s the first time I ever saw sparks fly when the club hit the ball.”
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1959 -- Golf writers ponder if the British Open is on the verge of obsolescence. Byron Nelson recalls, “I played the British Open in 1937. It took a week to get there and a week to get home. I was the low American; finished fourth or fifth. And what it came down to was, I lost a good part of my summer, won $185, and spent $1,000 on boat fare alone.” But one golfer soon decides if he wants to be considered the best golfer in the world, he needs to win the world’s oldest golf tournament. That golfer, Arnold Palmer in 1960, is credited with forever reviving the venerable championship.
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1950 -- Like another King, Elvis Presley, Arnold Palmer reaps the rewards of being telegenic as television makes it possible. In 1950, only 8 percent of all U.S. homes have television. By the time Palmer’s a nationwide phenomenon in 1960, 88 percent of all U.S. homes do.
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1953 -- Palmer, a 23-year-old coast guardsman stationed in Cleveland, wins medalist honors at the 47th Ohio Amateur Golf tournament by shooting a 3-under par 68 for a two-day winning total of 140 at the Pine Ridge Club near Cleveland. He beats 63 other competitors and wins a new wrist watch.
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1954 -- Palmer wins his second consecutive Ohio Amateur championship, a feat that won’t be matched until future PGA Tour members John Cook (1978-79) and Ben Curtis (1999-2000) begin competing.
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1955 -- Palmer finishes third at the St. Paul Open at the Keller C.C.; earns $1,300.
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1956 -- Palmer wins the Eastern Open at Mt. Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore. Earns $3,800. 
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1959 -- Palmer is asked to speculate about his appeal among the fans: “Maybe it’s because I’m in the rough so much that I get to know them all personally.”
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1959 -- Palmer finishes second at the Western Open at the Pittsburgh Field Club; earns $2,500.