Arnold Palmer

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Palmer, Arnold (Daniel)

(1929–  ) golfer; born in Latrobe, Pa. One of golf's most charismatic players, he was instrumental in popularizing the sport in the United States. After a successful amateur career at Wake Forest College, he turned professional and won the Canadian Open in 1955. Between 1958 and 1964, he won the Masters four times, the British Open twice, and the U.S. Open once. One of the first television-age golfing personalities, he attracted a loyal following known as "Arnie's Army." He won over 80 tournaments in his career. His various business interests and product endorsements helped him capitalize on his popularity.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.