Arnold Palmer was stationed in Cleveland while in the service and it was there he launched his spectacular career that earned him recognition as “The King” among his peers.
Playing on his home course, the Pine Ridge Country Club, he won the 1953 Ohio Amateur at match play, and again in 1954 at the Sylvania Country Club in the Toledo suburb. He was National Amateur Champion in 1954 and turned professional in 1955.
Arnold won the first of his 60 tour titles at the Canadian Open in 1955. His phenomenal record, in addition to the tour wins, includes:
Arnold’s tour victories include: Masters (4); US Open (2); PGA Championship; Insurance City (2); Eastern; Thunderbird (2); Oklahoma City (2); West Palm Beach; Palm Springs (2); Baton Rouge (2); Pensacola (2); Moile Sertoma; Texas (3); Phoenix (3); Western (2); Tournament of Champions (3); Colonial; American Golf Classic (2); Los Angeles (3); Cleveland; Philadelphia; Houston Champions International; Tuscon; Thunderbird Classic; Hope Desert Classic (3); Kemper; Heritage; Danny Thomas; Citrus and Westchester Classic.
Palmer won the 1970 Four-Ball with Jack Nicklaus and in 1971 the National Team title with Jack.
At 62 Arnold has won 10 Senior Tour titles. He was victorious in the 1980 PGA Seniors; 1981 US Senior Open; 1982 Marlboro Classic and Denver Post Champions of Golf; 1983 Boca Grove Senior Classic; 1984 PGA Seniors, Senior Tournament Players Championship, Quadel Senior Classic; 1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship, and 1988 Crestar Classic.
Palmer is the first player to earn $1-million on tour and now the annual leading money winner’s trophy is called the Arnold Palmer Award.