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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

MAY   
1958 -- Palmer wins the 1958 Pepsi Championship at the tony new Pine Hollow C.C. in East Norwich, N.Y., by shooting 66-69-67-71. His take, $9,000, one of the grandest cash prizes of the year. Runner-up Jay Hebert offers congratulations and says, “Arnie, you were so far ahead of the rest of us after the third round that we decided to eliminate you and play our own tournament." The win puts Palmer’s earnings total for the year at $37,564, or about $10,000 more than he’d won in 1957.
MAY   
1953 -- The Cleveland News reports that a field of 175 golfers representing 17 private clubs competed for the first Cleveland District Golf Association interclub matches and that only one golfer was able to break par at the soggy Beechmont Country Club. That golfer, “Arnold Palmer, young and handsome Coast Guardsman stationed here representing Pine Ridge. The junior golfer is sure to be a star contender throughout the season. He hits ‘em far and his short game is good although he missed several strokes around the greens in his great round.”
MAY   
1955 -- Tour rookie Arnold Palmer wins $100 after nearly knocking a 100-yard chip shot in the cup during a pre-tournament competition at the Fort Wayne PGA Open Golf Tournament. Then is held up at gunpoint . . . for breathing too loudly. The latter's all part of a gag by “Clown Prince of Golf” Ed “Porky” Oliver during the Fort Wayne PGA Open.
MAY   
1955 -- Tour rookie Palmer finishes the Fort Wayne Open tied for 14th; earns $145.
MAY   
1957 -- Palmer shoots a 68 during an exhibition at Indiana Country Club while he’s home from a break on tour where he’s currently the second leading money winner with $12,000. He was home to attend the opening of the new Holiday Acres Country Club near Latrobe.
MAY   
1957 -- Palmer wins the Western Pennsylvania Open and $150 at Fox Chapel Golf Club. His previous efforts in the local tournament ended in frustration as both times the favored pro finished second.
MAY   
1958 -- Golfing magazine publishes “Masters Champ Explains the Palmer Method,” and accompanies the story with a picture of a beaming young Palmer being kissed on the cheek by a grinning Winnie. The caption reads: “Vibrant, young Palmers are a team photographers delight in!”
MAY   
1959 -- Palmer wins the Oklahoma City Open at the Twin Hills G.&C.C. His take, $3,500.
MAY   
1958 -- Industry leaders in Palmer’s Latrobe hometown reward the native son and his wife Winnie with shares of top local industries, Latrobe Steel, Vulcan Mold and Vanadium-Alloys Steel. “Arnie has been a great ambassador of good will for our community and for the industries of Latrobe,” said M.W. Saxman, president of Latrobe Steel. “We want him to know that we appreciate, not only his mastery in the golf tournaments, but his wonderful consideration off the golf course as well.”