Personally signed by Arnold Palmer directly onto the limitation page.
Easton Press, Norwalk, CT. 1999. "A Golfer's Life" by Arnold Palmer with James Dodson. Signed limited edition. This edition is luxuriously bound in full genuine leather. Includes original COA. No dust-jacket as issued. This is number 1,818 of only 2,500 printed in this special collector's edition. The perfect gift for the golfer.
Guarantee of Signature Authenticity: Easton Press COA (certificate of authenticity) guarantees the signature to be authentic. The COA is also signed and dated by Palmer along with a witness. You will get the COA that was originally included with this book. Arnold Palmer has signed this book with his own hand. It is not a signature stamp or from an auto-pen.
There has never been a golfer to rival Arnold Palmer. To the legions of golf fans around the world, Palmer is a charismatic hero, the winner of sixty-one tournaments on the PGA Tour and still going strong on the Senior PGA Tour. But behind the legend, there is the private Palmer--a man of wit, compassion, loyalty, and true grit in the face of personal adversity.
Writing with the humor and candor that are as much his trademark as his unique golf swing, Palmer narrates the deeply moving story of his life both on and off the links. He recounts the loving relationship he shared with his father, "Deacon" Palmer, the course superintendent and head professional at the Latrobe Country Club where young Arnie developed his game, his friendships and rivalries with golf greats, his enduringly happy marriage with Winnie, his legendary charges to triumph and titanic disasters, and his valiant battle against cancer and remarkable recovery.
Arnold Palmer has lived one of the great sporting lives of the twentieth century. Now, with the help of acclaimed golf writer James Dodson, he has created one of the great sports autobiographies of our time.
About the Author
Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who has won numerous events on both the PGA TourChampions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King," Arnold was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Palmer is not generally regarded as the greatest player in the history of men's professional golf, but he is arguably golf's most popular star and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s. and
Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Palmer learned golf from his father, who was a golf professional at Latrobe Country Club. At age seven, Palmer broke 70 at Bent Creek Country Club. As a youngster, Palmer was only allowed on the Latrobe course (it was just nine holes then) in early morning or late afternoon, when the members weren't playing. He attended Wake Forest University, on a golf scholarship. He left upon the tragic death of close friend Bubby Worsham, and enlisted in the Coast Guard. Palmer gathered himself, and returned to competitive golf. His win in the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship made him decide to try the pro tour for a while, and he and new bride Winifred Walzer (whom he had met at a Pennsylvania tournament) traveled the circuit for 1955. Palmer won the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season, and raised his game systematically for the next several seasons.
Palmer's charisma was a major factor in establishing golf as a compelling television event in the 1950s and 1960s, setting the stage for the popularity it enjoys today. His first major championship win at the 1958 Masters cemented his position as one of the leading stars in golf, and by 1960 he had signed up as pioneering sports agent Mark McCormack's first client. In later interviews, McCormack listed five attributes that made Palmer especially marketable: his good looks; his relatively modest background (his father was a greenkeeper before rising to be club professional and Latrobe was a humble club); the way he played golf, taking risks and wearing his emotions on his sleeve; his involvement in a string of exciting finishes in early televised tournaments; and his affability.
Palmer is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among US players. Before Palmer, relatively few American professionals attempted to play The Open due to its travel requirements, foreign environment, and the style of its links courses (radically different from most American courses). Palmer's successive Open wins in the early 1960s convinced many American pros that a trip to Britain would be worth the effort. Of course, the advent of transatlantic air travel by jet at about that time also contributed greatly to making The Open a more attractive tournament for American pros.
He has won seven major championships:
- The Masters: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
- U.S. Open: 1960
The Open Championship: 1961, 1962
Palmer's most prolific years were 1960-1963, when he won 29 PGA Tour events in four seasons. In 1960, he won the Hickok BeltSports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award. He built up a wide fan base, often referred to as "Arnie's Army", and in 1967 he became the first man to reach one million dollars in career earnings on the PGA Tour. By the late 1960s Jack Nicklaus had acquired clear ascendancy in their rivalry, but Palmer won a PGA Tour event every year up to 1970, and in 1971 he enjoyed a revival, winning four events. as the top professional athlete of the year and
Palmer won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average four times: 1961, 1962, 1964, and 1967. He played on six Ryder Cup teams: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, and 1973. He was the last playing-captain in 1963 and captained the team again in 1975.
Palmer was eligible for the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) from its first season in 1980, and he was one of the marquee names who helped it to become successful. He won ten events on the tour, including five senior majors.
Palmer won the first World Match Play Championship in England, an event which was originally organized by McCormack to showcase his stable of players. Their partnership was one of the most significant in the history of sports marketing. Long after he ceased to win tournaments, Palmer remained one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public.
In 2004, he competed in The Masters for the last time, marking his 50th consecutive appearance in that event. After missing the cut at the 2005 U.S. Senior Open by twenty-one shots he announced that he would not enter any more senior majors. He retired from tournament golf on October 13 2006, when he withdrew from the Champions Tours' Administaff Small Business Classic. Palmer's legacy was reaffirmed by an electrifying moment during the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational. Standing over 200 yards from the water-laden 18th green, Palmer, who is known for his aggressive play, lashed his second shot onto the green with a driver. The shot thrilled his loyal gallery and energized the excitable Palmer. He turned to his grandson and caddie, Sam Saunders, and gave him a prolonged shimmy and playful jeering in celebration of the moment. after four holes due to dissatisfaction with his own play. He played the remaining holes but did not keep score.
Palmer has had a diverse golf related business career including owning "Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge", which is the venue for the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational (renamed from the Bay Hill Invitational effective 2007), helping to found The Golf Channel, and negotiating the deal to build the first golf course in the People's Republic of China. Since 1971 he has owned Latrobe Country Club, where his father used to be the club professional.
PGA Tour wins (62)
- 1955 (1) Canadian Open
- 1956 (2) Insurance City Open, Eastern Open
- 1957 (4) Houston Open, Azalea Open Invitational, Rubber City Open Invitational, San Diego Open Invitational
- 1958 (3) St. Petersburg Open Invitational, The Masters, Pepsi Championship
- 1959 (3) Thunderbird Invitational, Oklahoma City Open Invitational, West Palm Beach Open Invitational
- 1960 (8) Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic, Texas Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Pensacola Open Invitational, The Masters, U.S. Open, Insurance City Open Invitational, Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational
- 1961 (6) San Diego Open Invitational, Phoenix Open Invitational, Baton Rouge Open Invitational, Texas Open Invitational, Western Open, The Open Championship
- 1962 (8) Palm Springs Golf Classic, Phoenix Open Invitational, The Masters, Texas Open Invitational, Tournament of Champions, Colonial National Invitation, The Open Championship, American Golf Classic
- 1963 (7) Los Angeles Open, Phoenix Open Invitational, Pensacola Open Invitational, Thunderbird Classic Invitational, Cleveland Open Invitational, Western Open, Whitemarsh Open Invitational
- 1964 (2) The Masters, Oklahoma City Open Invitational
- 1965 (1) Tournament of Champions
- 1966 (3) Los Angeles Open, Tournament of Champions, Houston Champions International
- 1967 (4) Los Angeles Open, Tucson Open Invitational, American Golf Classic, Thunderbird Classic
- 1968 (2) Bob Hope Desert Classic, Kemper Open
- 1969 (2) Heritage Golf Classic, Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic
- 1970 (1) National Four-Ball Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1971 (4) Bob Hope Desert Classic, Florida Citrus Invitational, Westchester Classic, National Team Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1973 (1) Bob Hope Desert Classic
Major championships are shown in bold.
Other regular career wins (18)
- 1954 U.S. Amateur
- 1955 Panama Open, Colombia Open
- 1960 Canada Cup (with Sam Snead)
- 1962 Canada Cup (with Sam Snead)
- 1963 Australian Wills Masters Tournament, Canada Cup (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1964 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (England, but not a European Tour event at that time), Canada Cup (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1966 Australian Open, Canada Cup (with Jack Nicklaus), PGA Team Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1967 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (England, but not a European Tour event at that time), World Cup (team with Jack Nicklaus and Will Roar)
- 1971 Lancome Trophy (France, but not a European Tour event at that time)
- 1975 Spanish Open (European Tour), Penfold PGA Championship (European Tour)
- 1980 Canadian PGA Championship
Senior PGA Tour wins (10)
- 1980 (1) PGA Seniors' Championship
- 1981 (1) U.S. Senior Open
- 1982 (2) Marlboro Classic, Denver Post Champions of Golf
- 1983 (1) Boca Grove Classic
- 1984 (3) General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship, Senior Tournament Players Championship, Quadel Senior Classic
- 1985 (1) Senior Tournament Players Championship
- 1988 (1) Crestar Classic
Senior majors are shown in bold.
Other senior wins (5)
- 1984 Doug Sanders Celebrity Pro-Am
- 1986 Union Mutual Classic
- 1990 Senior Skins Game
- 1992 Senior Skins Game
- 1993 Senior Skins Game
- Palmer was one of the founders of The Golf Channel.
- The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida is a world-class medical facility named after Palmer. Originally the "Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women", in 2006 a new campus was built adjacent, the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, named after his wife Winnie, creating separate pediatric and obstetrics hospitals.
- One of Palmer's favorite drinks allegedly is a combination of half iced tea and half lemonade, a drink which is often referred to as an "Arnold Palmer" in his honor. It is now available under the name "The Original Arnold Palmer Tee" (sic)
- Palmer also has a favorite sandwich he called a Saturday, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with one side refrigerated and the side with peanut butter toasted. The toasted bread is usually wheat bread while the refrigerated piece of bread is typically potato bread.
- Palmer is a freemason.
- He is an aircraft pilot and bought the first Cessna Citation X. He set a speed record with that aircraft on a 5000km closed course.
- He was the first man in golf to win $1 million in career earnings.
- He was friends with Fred Rogers aka. Mr. Rogers in high school.
- He served as Wake Forest's honorary team captain for coin toss at the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007.
- He supports AFL Team Richmond
- He also follows Scottish soccer team Glasgow Rangers
- The 1960 Masters Tournament, originally broadcast in black and white and recorded on kinescope will be re-broadcast on CBS, Sunday April 8th, 2007 one hour before the final round of the 2007 Masters Tournament. The documentary, Jim Nantz Remembers is the first time a major sports event has been re-broadcast using colorization, with additional commentary by Arnold Palmer. The broadcast was shown to Arnold Palmer at the Bel-Air Golf Club in February, 2007. It was the first time Arnold had ever seen the broadcast and with the latest and most sophisticated colorization technology of Legend Films, the colorization matched perfectly the color reference material for the entire round.
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