Cancer Type – Prostate

Bio – Arnold Palmer with 62 PGA Tour and 10 Senior PGA Tours wins were not this golf legend’s proudest moment.

Short Story – He is often referred to as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. He won numerous PGA Tour tournaments, and has been nicknamed “The King.” He even has a drink named after him… I’ll take an Arnold Palmer please (half lemonade and half iced tea). He will continue to be a legend in golf. He left the world at the age of 87 (2016) while awaiting a cardiac surgery.

As the first person in the sport of golf to make $1 million, everyone idolized him. He was a hero. Yet his proudest moment was his win against prostate cancer.

Palmer was diagnosed in 1997 after several years of getting the PSA blood tests (which screen for levels of prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by the prostate gland; high levels may indicate the presence of cancer). He chose to remove his prostate completely, and underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy.

The cancer never came back, and Palmer became an advocate to motivate men to talk to their doctors about their prostate cancer risk.

You will be missed Arnold.

Image Credits – By White House (Samantha Appleton) (The Official White House Photostream [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Personal information
Full nameArnold Daniel Palmer
NicknameThe King
BornSeptember 10, 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 25, 2016 (aged 87), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
NationalityUnited States
ResidenceLatrobe, Pennsylvania, Orlando, Florida
SpouseWinifred Walzer Palmer (m. 1954–99, her death), Kathleen Gawthrop (m. 2005–16, his death)
Children2 daughters
CollegeWake Forest College
Turned professional1954
Former tour(s)PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour
Professional wins95
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour62 (5th all time)
European Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia2
PGA Tour Champions10
Best results in major championships (wins: 7)
Masters TournamentWon: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
U.S. OpenWon: 1960
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1961, 1962
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1964, 1968, 1970
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1974
PGA Tour leading money winner1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
PGA Player of the Year1960, 1962
Vardon Trophy1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year1960
Bob Jones Award1971
Old Tom Morris Award1983
PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award1998
Payne Stewart Award2000
Presidential Medal of Freedom2004
Congressional Gold Medal2009