At AtTheTee, we’re pausing to remember the King of Golf: Arnold Palmer

Born on September 10, 1929

Died on September 25, 2016 at age 87

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The amazing Sam Snead (#1 all-time pga winner) has been quoted as saying:

“Palmer went to bed at night with charisma, and he work up the next morning with more.”

Arnold, also affectionately dubbed “the King of Gold”, is listed #5 among the 13 winningest golfers in PGA history. So let’s raise our glasses, (filled with 1/2 tea and 1/2 lemonade) to this champion who will live on in all our hearts! Here here.

Read on, and remember all the greats.

Jack Nicklaus

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Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player in 1963
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Birthday: January 21, 1940

Birthplace: Upper Arlington, Ohio

College: Ohio State University

Professional Career: 1961-2005

PGA Tour Wins: 73 (#3 all time)

Major Wins: 18

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Nicknamed the “Golden Bear,” Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be the greatest golfer in the history of the game, due largely in part to the fact that he won 18 major tournaments. Nicklaus turned professional at age 21 after winning a number of amateur tournaments and achieved three career Grand Slams during his 44 years of play. Nicklaus has worked in golf course design, charity work, writing, and is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Nicklaus won 18 majors during his career: the Masters 6 times (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986), the U.S. Open 4 times (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980), The Open Championship 3 times (1966, 1970, 1978), and the PGA 5 times (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980). Mr. Nicklaus was one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Tiger Woods

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Birthday: December 30, 1975

Birthplace: Cypress, California

College: Stanford University

Professional Career: 1996-present

PGA Tour Wins: 79 (#2 all time)

Major Wins: 14

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Vijay Singh places the famous Green Jacket on Tiger Woods in 2001
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Along with Nicklaus, Tiger Woods is also one of the best-known and most successful golfers in PGA history. In his heyday, Woods spent 400 weeks as the World Number 1 and was voted PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times. Like Nicklaus, Woods achieved three career Grand Slams; in fact, he was the youngest player to win a Grand Slam. Woods is also the only player to win four majors in a row, which he accomplished during the 2000-2001 seasons. Woods has won 14 major tournaments: the Masters 4 times (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), the U.S. Open 3 times (2000, 2002, 2008), The Open 3 times (2000, 2005, 2006), and the PGA 4 times (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007).

Walter Hagen

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Birthday: December 21, 1892 (died on October 6, 1969)

Birthplace: Rochester, New York

College: None

Professional Career: 1912-1942

PGA Tour Wins: 45 (#8 all time)

Major Wins: 11

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Walter Hagen played a key role in popularizing and developing professional golf in the early decades of the twentieth century; this was a time when amateurs had the upper-hand, particularly in the United Kingdom. Hagen was one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Hagen was the first American to win The Open Championship, a six-time Ryder Cup captain, and ranks 8th in all-time PGA Tour wins. Hagen won 11 Majors over the course of his career: the U.S. Open 2 times (1914, 1919), The Open 4 times (1922, 1924, 1928, 1929), and the PGA 5 times (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927).

Ben Hogan

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Birthday: August 13, 1912 (died on July 25, 1997)

Birthplace: Stephenville, Texas

College: None

Professional Career: 1930-1971

PGA Tour Wins: 64 (#4 all time)

Major Wins: 9

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More than perhaps any other PGA player, Ben Hogan’s impact on the development of golf swing theory and ball-striking techniques. Hogan is revered by many as the golfer who invented practice, as he believed that practice and repetition were essential for success on the golf course. Hogan is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame (one of the original inductees in 1974) and the author of Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. Hogan won 9 Majors over the course of his career: 2 Masters (1951, 1953), 4 U.S. Opens (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), 1 The Open (1953), and 2 PGAs (1946, 1948).

Gary Player

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Birthday: November 1, 1935

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

College: None

Professional Career: 1953-2009

PGA Tour Wins: 24 (tied for #25 all time)

Major Wins: 9

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One of South Africa’s premiere golfers, Gary Player is the only non-American to achieve a career Grand Slam and the third golfer to ever completely this feat (along with Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Player was the only player in the twentieth century to win the Open Championship in three different decades (50s, 60s, and 70s), and is the oldest player to make a Masters cut, which he accomplished in 1998 at age 63. Mr. Player is also a world-renowned golf course architect who has worked on more than 325 courses on five continents and was one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He won 9 Majors during his career: the Masters 3 times (1961, 1974, 1978), the U.S. Open 1 time (1965), The Open 3 times (1959, 1968, 1974), and the PGA 2 times (1962, 1972).

Tom Watson

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Birthday: September 4, 1949

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

College: Stanford University

Professional Career: 1971-present

PGA Tour Wins: 39 (tied for #11 all time)

Major Wins: 8

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Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977
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Tom Watson is regarded as one of the greatest links (the oldest style of golf course referring to an open area of coastal dunes or parkland) players in the history of the game, which is evidenced by his 5 The Open Championship victories. Watson was the number one player in the world from 1978 to 1982, and his rivalry with Jack Nicklaus helped increase golf’s popularity and brought more publicity to the game. Watson was named PGA Player of the year six different times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. Watson won 8 Majors over the course of his career: 2 Masters (1977, 1981), 1 U.S. Open (1982), and 5 The Opens (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983).

Gene Sarazen

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Gene Sarazen in 1932
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Birthday: February 27, 1902 (died on May 13, 1999)

Birthplace: Harrison, New York

College: None

Professional Career: 1922-1976

PGA Tour Wins: 39 (tied for # 11 all time)

Major Wins: 7

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Gene Sarazen in 1935
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Gene Sarazen is one of only five players to complete a career Grand Slam and was one of the top players throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He is credited with inventing the modern sand wedge, which he first used at 1932’s The Open Championship. His double eagle at the 1935 Masters is still revered as one of the greatest shots in the history of golf. Mr. Sarazen was an original inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Sarazen won 7 Majors during his career: 1 Masters (1935), 2 U.S. Opens (1922, 1932), 1 The Open (1932), and 3 PGAs (1922, 1923, 1933).

Arnold Palmer

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Birthday: September 10, 1929 (Died on September 25, 2016)

Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania

College: Wake Forest

Professional Career: 1954-2006

PGA Tour Wins: 62 (#5 all time)

Major Wins: 7

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Arnold Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of professional golf and was affectionately nicknamed “The King.” Palmer was golf’s first television-era superstar, but his humble beginnings and popularity among fans helped shift perceptions of golf as a sport only for the social elites and well-to-do. Palmer won the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and was one of the original 13 inductees in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Palmer won 7 Majors over the course of his career: 4 Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964), 1 U.S. Open (1960), and 2 The Opens (1961, 1962).

Sam Snead

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Birthday: May 27, 1912 (died on May 23, 2002)

Birthplace: Ashwood, Virginia

College: None

Professional Career: 1931-1987

PGA Tour Wins: 82 (#1 all time)

Major Wins: 7

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Sam Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour Events over the course of his career, which is more than any other PGA Player in history. Snead was one of the world’s best players over four decades, and won the PGA Lifetime Achievement in 1998. Snead was admired for having what many considered the “perfect swing,” and was one of the original 13 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Snead won 7 Majors during his career: 3 Masters (1949, 1952, 1954), 1 The Open (1946), and 3 PGAs (1942, 1949, 1951).

Bobby Jones

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Birthday: May 17, 1902 (died on December 18, 1971)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

College: Georgia Tech, Harvard, and Emory

Professional Career: 1916-1930

PGA Tour Wins: 9 (tied for #111 all time)

Major Wins: 7

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Bobby Jones was an amateur golfer (lawyer by profession) who helped design Augusta National Golf Course and co-founded the Masters with Clifford Roberts. Jones was the most successful amateur golfer to compete nationally and internationally, and defeated many of the game’s premiere professional golfers, such as Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen. Jones was one of the original 13 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and worked as an instructor and equipment engineer after his retirement. Jones won 7 Majors over the course of his career: the U.S. Open 4 times (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930) and The Open 3 times (1926, 1927, 1930).

Harry Vardon

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Birthday: May 9, 1870

Birthplace: Grouville, Jersey (Channel Islands)

College: None

Professional Career: 1890-1929

PGA Tour Wins: 48

Major Wins: 7

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A member of golf’s late 19th and early 20th century “Great Triumvirate” (along with John Henry Taylor and James Braid), Harry Vardon was one of golf’s first superstars. Vardon’s rivalries with his contemporaries helped fuel golf’s popularity among the public, and his signature overlapping grip is one of the most popular grips used among contemporary golfers. Mr. Vardon was one of the original 13 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and won 7 Majors during his career: 1 U.S. Open (1900) and 6 The Opens (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).

Lee Trevino

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Birthday: December 1, 1939

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

College: None

Professional Career: 1960-2000

PGA Tour Wins: 29 (tied for #19 all time)

Major Wins: 6

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Lee Trevino never took a golf lesson in his entire life, and his self-taught style meant he was never a long hitter; regardless, he was revered for his accuracy under pressure and innovative short game. Trevino was named PGA Player of the Year in 1971 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981. Trevino won 6 majors over the course of his career: the U.S. Open 2 times (1968, 1971), The Open 2 times (1971, 1972), and the PGA 2 times (1974, 1984).

Nick Faldo

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Birthday: July 18, 1957

Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England

College: None

Professional Career: 1976-present

PGA Tour Wins: 9 (tied for #111 all time)

Major Wins: 6

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Nick Faldo is one of the best players to come out of England during the modern era, and his composure under pressure and devotion to the game of golf set him apart from his competitors. Faldo was ranked number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 97 weeks, was named PGA Player of the Year in 1990, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. Faldo won 6 majors during his career: 3 Masters (1989, 1990, 1996) and 3 The Opens (1987, 1990, 1992).

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