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Video:Profile of Arnold Palmer

with Joe Chiodo

Arnold Palmer is on the short list of the greatest golfers of all time. This About.com video will give you a brief look at the life and career of Arnold Palmer.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Arnold Palmer

Hi, I'm Joe Chiodo for About.com and today we're talking about one of the greatest golfers of all time, 'The King', Arnold Palmer

Palmer's Early Life

Palmer was born on September 10th, 1929, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The son of the head pro and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, Palmer was able to perfect his craft with hours of practice on the course his father worked at. He attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship before leaving school to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard. After three years of service, Palmer returned to college to resume his competitive golf career, eventually winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur.

Palmer's First Major

Palmer made a big splash on the PGA tour with a victory in his first year at the 1955 Canadian Open. It would be the first of his 62 wins on the PGA Tour, placing him 5th all time in that category. Later that decade, 'The King' would capture his first major championship at the 1958 Masters, establishing himself as a star in not just the world of golf, but the world of sports, a rare title at that time.

Playing Style

In contrast to the subdued nature of golf and stoic demeanor of his competitors, Palmer wore his emotions on his sleeve and played the game with a rare competitive fire. That, along with his good looks and cavalier playing style made him one of the more marketable athletes in sports, an attribute usually used to describe the more popular baseball, basketball, and football players.  

Career Highlights and Accomplishments

All in all, Arnold Palmer would go on to capture seven major championships in his illustrious career, winning the Masters four times, the Open Championship twice and one U.S. Open. It is at the 1960 U.S. Open in Cherry Hills, perhaps the most defining moment of Arnold Palmer's career took place, where he captured his first and only U.S. Open Championship.

In 2007, the PGA Tour event that Palmer began hosting in 1979 was renamed in his honor, and is now called the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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