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6 Reasons Arnold Palmer Is Considered 'The King' of Golf

By Jerry Shaw   |   Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 11:22 AM

Regarded as one of the greatest players in pro golf, Arnold Palmer earned the nickname "The King" not just because of his ability to win major tournaments, but because of his personality and his unique appeal to his fans as well.

Palmer died at age 87 in 2016, still involved in the world of golf. He was among the first pro golfers to take advantage of sports marketing with equipment and product endorsements. His many charitable contributions included the founding of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida.

Here are six reasons Arnold Palmer is still considered "The King" of golf:

1. Charisma — Although he may not have been the single greatest on the pro golf circuit, he was the most beloved, earning the nickname “The King,” according to Golf Channel's Randall Mell. It helped get him on the Wheaties box and on the cover of Sports Illustrated 11 times.

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2. His style — “The manner in which Arnold won, the way he attacked and made birdies, it was very spectacular,” said former pro and friend Dow Finsterwald. The way he attacked in his game made him a star as golf on TV came of age. “Arnie would knock it in the trees and make a 3,” said former PGA tour golfer Bob Toski.

3. Youngest winner — Palmer established himself on the pro circuit by capturing the Masters Tournament title in 1958. At age 28, he was the youngest winner of the tournament at that time.

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4. Major victories — He became the first golfer to win the Masters four times — in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964. He was the champion at two British Opens and won a total of 93 titles during his career. He was the first pro golfer to make $1 million in winnings in 1968.

5. Aging grace — Even in his later years, Palmer took to the links on the Senior Tour. His victories included the 1980 PGA Seniors Championship and the 1981 U.S. Senior Open. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 when Golf Digest reported he was the third highest paid golfer at age 82, behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

6. King of golf clubs — His expertise in the game was matched by his collection of more than 10,000 golf clubs, according to Golf.com. Many of them he made himself. His golf bags often included 40 to 60 clubs. Experimenting with the grip on his equipment helped develop his game.

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