Ten fun facts about Arnold Palmer
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Nicknamed "The King," he is one of golf's most popular stars.
He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955.
He was considered golf’s most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.
Palmer is part of "The Big Three" in golf, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world.Fact 5
Palmer's social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; Palmer's humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes.Fact 6
Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.Fact 7
Palmer won the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season, and raised his game status for the next several seasons.Fact 8
Palmer's charisma was a major factor in establishing golf as a compelling television event in the 1950s and 1960s, setting the stage for the popularity it enjoys today.Fact 9
His first major championship win at the 1958 Masters Tournament cemented his position as one of the leading stars in golf.Fact 10
He built up a wide fan base, often referred to as “Arnie's Army”, and in 1967 he became the first man to reach one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. Go to more people facts ❯
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