Coast Guard Yeoman to Golf Legend
Since joining the professional ranks after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1954, he has won 92 national or international golf competitions, 61 of which — including four Masters — have come on the PGA tour. Voted Athlete of the Decade for the 1960s in an Associated Press poll, Arnold Palmer has won every major except the PGA Championship, having finished second in that annual tournament three times. Even though his devoted and extensive tournament fan gallery is known as Arnie's Army, Palmer recently received the U.S. Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award for his service in the U.S. Coast Guard and subsequent success as a pro golfer. Here's what he remembers about that service and what it still means to him today.