- Also Known As:
- The King
- Date of Birth:
- September 10, 1929
- 5' 10"
Arnold Palmer (born September 10, 1929 in Latrobe, PA) was an American professional golfer and the creator of the well-known drink, Arnold Palmer. He is regarded as one of the best golfers in professional golf history. Arnold won several PGA Tour and Champion Tour events, dating back to 1955. He was also one of golf’s most important stars, nicknamed “The King” because of his television presence. In 1998, Arnold was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also one of the 13 original golfers inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame. In all, Arnold won the Masters 4 times, the U.S. Open once, and the Open Championship twice. Between 1960-1963, he won 29 PGA Tours and won a PGA Tour event every year from 1955 to 1971. Arnold died at the age of 87 on September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Best Known For:
Arnold Palmer is best known as one of the best professional golfers of all time.
Arnold was married to Winifred Walzer from 1954 until she died from ovarian cancer in 1999. They met at a gold tournament in Pennsylvania. The two had two daughters, Amy and Peggy. Arnold married Kathleen “Kit” Gawthrop in 2005. They were together until his death. His grandson, Sam Saunders, is a professional golfer. In addition to golf, Arnold was also an avid pilot for 50 years. His early fear of flying is what inspired him to pursue a pilot’s license. Arnold was also a member of the Freemasons since 1958. He was active in the Latrobe, PA Lodge until his death.