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Arnie: A collection of Palmer stories


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A look at Arnold Palmer’s unforgettable life on and off the course, through the decades.
A celebration of the life and career of golf’s most iconic legend, Arnold Palmer, who was born Sept. 10, 1929.
Arnold Palmer has traveled the globe and is a worldwide celebrity. But Latrobe, Pa., has been and always will be home.
Arnold Palmer would not have been the golfer nor the man he was without his father’s influence.
Arnold Palmer twice found life-long loves in wives Winnie Walzer and Kit Gawthrop.
Arnold Palmer doesn’t just have fans. He has an army of them. And he cares for them as much as they cheer for him.
Most golf fans know who the Big Three are - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. But how many know how the name came about?
Arnie and Jack, friends and competitors for more than a half-century, make up golf’s greatest rivalry.
The King doesn’t own the record for most major victories or most PGA Tour wins. Six men – Tom Watson (8), Gary Player (9), Ben Hogan (9), Walter Hagen (11), Tiger Woods (14) and Jack Nicklaus (18) have won more major titles than Arnold Palmer, and four – Hogan (64), Nicklaus (73), Woods (79) and Sam Snead (82) – have more Tour triumphs than Palmer’s 62.

But when Palmer was done winning seven major titles in six years, he had changed the game forever.
It’s an interesting debate: What made Arnold Palmer a transcendent figure not only in golf, but in sports?

The easy answer: It was the whole package.

He was the handsome leading man with the hard-charging swing and blue-collar background who came along at just the right time when televisions were sprouting up in living rooms around the world.

But one ingredient that is often overlooked in this perfect superhero recipe is that, sure, Palmer won big (seven major titles, 62 PGA Tour wins), but he also lost big.
The world’s most famous golfer has plenty of famous golfing buddies, but it’s his relationship with presidents over the years that stands out.
I’m staring at the cursor on my laptop screen, instantly regretting the words being typed by my fingers. My assignment today is to write about Arnold Palmer’s legacy, but I loathe the concept. After all, a legacy is a lasting contribution from a person, conceived as a testament to their honor. It’s also an insinuation that their legacy is cemented, that they are done, that soon enough even the most immortal souls among us will meet their own mortality and just like that, they’ll be gone.
Arnold Palmer has been as big a star in business as he was on the golf course.
Arnold Palmer was perfect for the TV boom. TV was perfect in helping Arnold Palmer take off.
Golf Channel interviewed more than 100 people in making the “Arnie” documentary. Here are several interviewees who know Palmer in various capacities, sharing their favorite personal stories.

David Marr, son of Dave Marr, on Palmer as U.S. Presidents Cup captain: “One day, he felt like the team needed a little more bonding than had been going on. ...
By air and by land, Arnold Palmer’s life outside the ropes has been thrilling and fulfilling.
Arnold Palmer’s name extends beyond the golf world. It reaches families who associate it with saving the lives of loved ones.
Trophies aside, Arnold Palmer has been a very successful man outside the ropes.