Palmer, Arnold

Hometown:

USA

Latrobe,
Pennsylvania

Year Inducted:

1974

Induction Category:

Pinehurst

Birth Date:

Sep 10, 1929 -
Sep 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer

Professional Majors: 12

  • Masters Tournament: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
  • U.S. Open: 1960
  • Open Championship: 1961, 1962
  • PGA Seniors Championship: 1980, 1984
  • U.S. Senior Open: 1981
  • SENIOR PLAYERS Championship: 1984, 1985, 1960s

PGA TOUR Wins: 55

  • 1955: Canadian Open
  • 1956: Insurance City Open, Eastern Open
  • 1957: Houston Open, Azalea Open Invitational, Rubber City Open Invitational, San Diego Open Invitational
  • 1958: St. Petersburg Open Invitational, Pepsi Championship
  • 1959: Thunderbird Invitational, Oklahoma City Open Invitational, West Palm Beach Open Invitational
  • 1960: Palm Springs Desert Classic, Texas Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Pensacola Open Invitational, Insurance City Open Invitational, Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational
  • 1961: San Diego Open Invitational, Phoenix Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Western Open
  • 1962: Palmer Springs Desert Classic, Phoenix Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Tournament of Champions, Colonial National Invitation, American Golf Classic
  • 1963: Los Angeles Open, Phoenix Open Invitational, Pensacola Open Invitational, Thunderbird Classic Invitational, Cleveland Open Invitational, Western Open, Whitemarsh Open Invitational
  • 1964: Oklahoma City Open Invitational
  • 1965: Tournament of Champions
  • 1966: Los Angeles Open, Tournament of Champions, Houston Champions International
  • 1967: Los Angeles Open, Tucson Open Invitational, American Golf Classic, Thunderbird Classic
  • 1968: Bob Hope Desert Classic, Kemper Open
  • 1969: Heritage Golf Classic, Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic
  • 1970: National Four-Ball Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)
  • 1971: Bob Hope Desert Classic, Florida Citrus Invitational, Westchester Classic, National Team Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)
  • 1973: Bob Hope Desert Classic

Champions Tour Wins: 5

  • 1982: Marlboro Classic, Denver Post Champions of Golf
  • 1983: Boca Grove Classic
  • 1984: Quadel Senior Classic
  • 1988: Crestar Classic

International Wins: 20

  • 1956: Panama Open, Colombia Open [SAmerica]
  • 1960: World Cup [with Sam Snead]
  • 1962: World Cup [with Sam Snead]
  • 1963: Australian Wills Masters [Aus], World Cup [with Jack Nicklaus]
  • 1964: Piccadilly World Match Play Championship [Eur], World Cup [with Jack Nicklaus]
  • 1966: Australian Open [Aus], World Cup [with Jack Nicklaus], PGA Team Championship [with Jack Nicklaus]
  • 1967: Piccadilly World Match Play Championship [Eur], World Cup [indiv], World Cup [with Jack Nicklaus]
  • 1971: Lancome Trophy [Eur]
  • 1975: Spanish Open [Eur], British PGA Championship [Eur]
  • 1980: Canadian PGA Championship [Can]
  • 1984: Doug Sanders Celebrity Pro-Am
  • 1986: Unionmutual Classic

Amateur Wins: 1

  • 1954: U.S. Amateur

Ryder Cup Appearances: 7

(Wins in Bold)

  • Player: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973
  • Captain: 1963, 1975

Presidents Cup Appearances: 1

  • Captain: 1996

Awards & Honors

Golf

  • Player of the Year: 1960, 1962
  • Leading Money Winner: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
  • Vardon Trophy: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
  • American Golf Hall of Fame (Foxburg, PA)
  • Phoenix Open Hall of Fame
  • Gold Tee Award, (Metropolitan (NY) Golf Writers Association): 1965
  • William D. Richardson Award (Golf Writers Association of America): 1969
  • Bob Jones Award, (USGA): 1971
  • Man of Silver Era (Golf Digest): 1975
  • Charles Bartlett Award (Golf Writers Association of America): 1976
  • Herb Graffis Award (National Golf Foundation): 1978
  • PGA Hall of Fame: 1980
  • Walter Hagen Award: 1981
  • Old Tom Morris Award (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America): 1983
  • All-American Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame, Man of Year: 1984
  • Golfer of Century (New York Athletic Club): 1985
  • Commemorative Honoree (Golf Digest Commemorative Seniors Tournament): 1987
  • Golfer of Decade (1958-67) (Centennial of Golf, Golf Magazine): 1989
  • American Senior Golf Association National Award): 1989
  • Chicago District Golf Association Distinguished Service Award): 1989
  • Ambassador of Golf Award (World Series of Golf): 1991
  • Bing Crosby Award (Metropolitan (NY) Golf Writers Association): 1992
  • Ohio Golf Hall of Fame: 1992
  • Memorial Honoree, Memorial Tournament: 1993
  • PGA of America Distinguished Service Award: 1994
  • Distinguished Service Award (Tri-State Section, PGA of America): 1996
  • Centennial Award (Golf Associations of Philadelphia: 1996
  • Francis Ouimet Award (Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund): 1997
  • PGA TOUR Lifetime Achievement Award: 1998
  • Golfer of Century (Western Pennsylvania Golf Association): 1998
  • Donald Ross Award (American Society of Golf Course Architects): 1999
  • Golf Newsmaker of Century (Golf World): 1999
  • Ike Grainger Award (USGA): 2000
  • Golf Family of Year (National Golf Foundation): 2000
  • PGA TOUR Payne Stewart Award: 2000
  • Dave Marr Award (Novell Utah Showdown): 2000
  • National Golf Course Owners Association Award of Merit: 2001
  • Golden Anniversary Award (Metropolitan (NY) Golf Writers Association): 2001
  • Tri-State PGA Hall of Fame: 2002
  • 50th Anniversary Atlantic Coast Conference golf team: 2003
  • Dave Marr Shell Award: 2004
  • Will F. Nicholson Honor: 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame): 2008
  • Langley Award (Northern California Section, PGA of America): 2008
  • Spirit of Golf Award (Woodlands Foundation): 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Golf Business Forum): 2009
  • Byron Nelson Prize: 2009

Sports

  • Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County, Cambria County, North Carolina, Florida
  • Sports Halls of Fame
  • Wake Forest University Hall of Fame
  • National High School Sports Hall of Fame
  • Associated Press Athlete of Decade, 1960-1969
  • Hickok Professional Athlete of Year: 1960
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of Year: 1960
  • Dapper Dan Man of the Year: 1960
  • Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA): 1983
  • Order of Eagle Exemplar (U.S. Sports Academy): 1989
  • Sports Appreciation Trophy (Atlanta AC CC): 1990
  • National Sports Award: 1993
  • Sports Legends Award (Juvenile Diabetes Association, Pittsburgh): 1993
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (March of Dimes Athletic Awards): 1998
  • Athletes Who Changed Game (Sports Illustrated’s 20th Century Sports Awards): 1999
  • Top 10 Male Athletes (Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary): 2003
  • Roy Firestone Award: 2004
  • Alfond Award of Excellence (Rollins College): 2004
  • Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award: 2005
  • WPIAL (Pittsburgh) Hall of Fame: 2007

General

  • Lowman Humanitarian Award (Los Angeles)
  • Partner in Science Award (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
  • Business Leaders Award (Northwood Institute)
  • Gold Medalist (Pennsylvania Society): 1972
  • Arthur J. Rooney Award (Catholic Youth Association, Pittsburgh): 1977
  • Distinguished Pennsylvanian: 1980
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor: 1986
  • Gold Medal (Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters): 1988
  • Van Patrick Career Achievement Award: 1990
  • Eagle on World Award (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York): 1990
  • Pathfinder Award (Youthlinks Indiana): 1992
  • Outstanding American Award (Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation): 1992
  • Humanitarian Award (Variety Club International): 1993
  • “Good Guy” Award (American Legion National Commanders): 1993
  • Man of Year (Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce): 1994
  • Ford Achievement Award: 1994
  • Golden Plate Award (American Academy of Achievement): 1995
  • History Makers Award (Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania): 1995
  • Community Service Award (Latrobe Chamber of Commerce): 1995
  • Reagan Distinguished American Award (Jonathan Club): 1996
  • Caritas Award (Richstone Family Center): 1998
  • Spirit of Hope Award (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute): 1998
  • James Ewing Layman’s Award (Society of Surgical Oncology, Orlando): 1999
  • Harold A. Stewart Amicus Libri Award (Adams Memorial Library, Latrobe, PA): 1999
  • Patriot Award (Congressional Medal of Honor Society): 2000
  • George Bush Three Amigos Inspiration Award: 2001
  • Great Ones Award (Jim Murray Memorial Foundation): 2001
  • Paul Harris Rotary Club Award: 2002
  • Great American Award (Starkey Hearing Foundation): 2003
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom: 2004
  • Portugal Order of Merit: 2005
  • Spirit of Hope Award (Adelphoi USA): 2006
  • Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement: 2006
  • Boy Scout Eagle Award, Central FL Council: 2008
  • Lone Sailor Award: 2008
  • Lifetime Legacy Award (Children’s Miracle Network, Orlando): 2009
  • Congressional Gold Medal: 2009
  • Junior Achievement Golden Achievement Award: 2010
  • American Cancer Society Premiere Award: 2010
  • ASSR Supreme Council Gourgas Medal: 2010
  • Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award: 2010
  • NBAA Meritorious Service Award: 2010
  • TJ Martell Foundation – Lifetime Philanthropic Award: 2011
  • Greensburg Rotary Club – Paul Harris Fellow certificate, medallion and pin: 2012

Academic Honors

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Thiel College, Greenville, PA
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, National College of Education, Evanston, IL
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Florida Southern University, Lakeland, FL
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
  • Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington PA, 2009
  • Honorary Doctor of Law, University of St. Andrews, 2010