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today’s birthday: Arnold Palmer (1929)

Arnold Palmer (1929)

One of golf’s most charismatic players, Palmer was instrumental in popularizing the sport in the US. After winning the US Amateur championship, Palmer turned professional in 1954 and won the Canadian Open in 1955. Between 1958 and 1964, he won the Masters four times, the British Open twice, and the US Open once. In 1967, he became the first golfer to earn more than $1 million in prize money. One of the first television-age golfing personalities, he attracted a loyal following known as what? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his legendary rivalry with Arnold Palmer helped turn the game into a major spectator sport. “The Golden Bear” turned pro in 1962 and by 1986 had played in 100 major championships, finishing in the top three 45 times. He won three British Open Championships, four US Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters, for a record 18 major championships. Who are the only two golfers to have accumulated more PGA wins than Nicklaus? More… Discuss