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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

1954 -- Palmer accepts Wake Forest College athletic director James H. Weaver’s offer to come back and coach his Demon Deacons. Years later, Coach Palmer reflects on his brief tenure and says, “It was great. We had some problems, sure, but under the circumstances they were to be expected. We had a fine group of boys and it was a successful season. As I recall, I didn’t try to change things. The only thing I asked of the players was that they practice long and hard, observe the rules and play to win.”
1956 -- With an eye toward easing the difficulties of traveling around the country as a young touring professional, Arnold Palmer begins discussing taking flying lessons in 1956 at nearby Latrobe Airport with local pilot Babe Krinock.
1957 -- Palmer finishes tied for 20th at the Tucson Open Invitational and leaves what was then a small desert town with a $175 paycheck in his pocket. In October 2005, Palmer returns to Tucson to launch the city’s First Tee program and is asked if he’s chagrined that some of today’s professionals can earn more than a $1 million for a single victory. Palmer’s reply? “No. One of my goals was to help make what happened, happen.”
1956 -- Arnold and Winnie Palmer announce the birth of their first child, daughter Peg.
1957 -- Palmer's third place finish at Brackenridge Park Municipal Course, site of the Texas Open Invitational, earns him $1,300.
1957 -- Arnold Palmer fires a final round 69 to win the Houston Open Invitational at Memorial Park Municipal Course. To date, the $7,500 first place check is his largest.