Tuesday, September 8

Hail to the King: Arnold Palmer Turns 80

(Image courtesy of GOLF CHANNEL)

THE KING OF GOLF, Arnold Palmer turns 80 on Thursday and GOLF CHANNEL will pay special tribute all this week to the man who took golf to television and later co-founded the GOLF CHANNEL cable network.

GOLF CHANNEL will have more than eight hours of programming to honor Palmer, who won 62 times on the PGA Tour, including seven major championships. Programming will include Top 10 Arnold Palmer Moments, Golf’s Heart and Soul: Arnold Palmer, and 1964 and 1960 Masters highlights. (Arnie won four Green Jackets, all in even years, from 1958 to 1964.)

“As a founding father of GOLF CHANNEL, Arnold Palmer’s contributions to the growth of the sport and our company are innumerous,” GOLF CHANNEL President Page Thompson said in a statement.

Definitely true. Whether it was mesmerizing a viewing audience in 1960 or having the seemingly crazy vision of a 24-hour golf cable channel, no one is more responsible for bringing televised golf into living rooms than Arnold Palmer.

More Arnold Love

GolfChannel.com will reexamine Arnold’s career achievements, including trivia, photography and tributes that feature a collection of the best Palmer stories published on the site.

Rex Hoggard writes about Palmer’s career from a player’s perspective while Randall Mell chronicles the camera’s love affair with Arnold and the role he played in expanding golf to television. In addition, Mercer Baggs highlights Palmer’s charitable efforts and his influence in the creation of the Arnold Palmer Hospitals.

−The Armchair Golfer


Lancer said...

Without Palmer there would be no Tiger Woods because nobody would have cared. He not only changed the way the game was played, he changed the way the game was viewed. I've read that he really doesn't like the title of "King" but what else could you possibly call him? He's had a great life and he's had a great impact...good on him.

Anonymous said...

Palmer has meant so much to the game of golf. Watching him play growing up inspired so many other players.

He is without a doubt a legend to the game of golf. May he live to be 100.

Anonymous said...

When Nicklaus, Palmer and Player finished on top of the leaderboard at the Masters in 1965 there was a name missing from the field of eligible players: Pete Brown. He was a black golfer who won the Waco Open in 1964. Under rules specificallly written by tournament officials he was not eligible to play even though the color ban on the men's PGA tour had been lifted in 1962. As great golfers, Nicklaus, Palmer and Player didn't have to say or do anything about the policy of racial exclusion. But if we want to hold them up to a standard of being great people, they should have. ”