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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.

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1951 -- Still reeling over the death of close friend and Wake Forest golf teammate Bud Worsham, Arnold Palmer enlists in the U.S. Coast Guard and reports for duty in Cape May, N.J. The athletic Palmer is surprised to learn he almost doesn’t qualify because he has flat feet. Years of running barefoot across Latrobe Country Club had taken a toll. Palmer, however, passes the physicals and is soon serving a three-year stint.
1954 -- Palmer and Roberto DiVicenzo earn $900 each after tying for second place behind behind winner Tony Cerda at the Panama Open.
1955 -- Fresh from a second place tie in Panama, Palmer tries to join the PGA Tour at the Thunderbird Invitational in Palm Springs, but fails to qualify, opting to play in a satellite tournament in nearby Brawley. But his first visit to the desert ignites his imagination. “I just fell in love with the place,” he says later. “The environment in the desert always inspired me to want to do my best. I guess that accounts for all the success I’ve had here right from the start.” Eventually, one-tenth of Palmer’s 92 career wins will occur in the desert he grows to love.
1958 -- Palmer finishes second at the Tijuana Open at Caliente C.C.; earns $1,150.
1959 -- Arnold Palmer shoots a final round 62 -- low round for the year, and his lowest round ever -- to win the 1959 Thunderbird Invitational at the Thunderbird C.C. in Rancho Mirage, California. He earns $1,500. It is his 12th victory since joining the PGA Tour in 1955.