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Golf would be my ticket somewhere, I told myself. I just couldn’t say where it would lead me.
Arnold Palmer

I grew up in poverty on the edge of a golf course. I saw how people lived on the other side of the tracks, the upper crust and the WASPs at the country club. We had chickens and pigs in our yards. We butchered every year. I’ll never forget those things.
Arnold Palmer

There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth… It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.
Arnold Palmer

As a kid growing up in Latrobe, PA, I could dream about being an Olympian like Jesse Owens or Johnny Weissmuller. I could also dream about being a great golfer like Bobby Jones or Byron Nelson. But the idea of being an Olympic golfer never occurred to me.
Arnold Palmer

I am a sentimental guy, and occasionally, that lump in my throat when I speak has stopped my tongue from working.
Arnold Palmer

The winners at the Olympics step up, bursting with pride, because everything that they have worked for and all their dedication is rewarded in a climax that I, and most golfers, will never experience.
Arnold Palmer

We can argue about major championships and whether Tiger will ever surpass Jack’s 18 majors, but what can’t be argued is this: Tiger Woods is the most dominant, most skilled player we’ve ever seen.
Arnold Palmer

Look at the better players of my era – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd. They had pros they worked with from time to time, but out on Tour, thousands of miles from home, each of them learned to be his own best coach. I think Tiger can do the same.
Arnold Palmer

Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you are in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one.
Arnold Palmer

Some players are wonderful hitters of the ball, but they can’t figure out ways to get out of trouble. Eighty percent of the time, there is a way. You just have to know how to look for it.
Arnold Palmer

I putt like I did when I was a kid. When you’re a kid, you’re not scared of anything.
Arnold Palmer

I can’t be casual about losing. I always think I have a chance to win until winning is absolutely impossible.
Arnold Palmer

As my father taught me, and he drove home that point, he said, ‘Just remember something. You don’t need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are.’ And he drove that home with me. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game take that away and show them that I could play well enough.
Arnold Palmer

I never heard Jack Nicklaus say, ‘I’m a great player,’ or Tiger Woods, as a matter of fact. They just get out and do it. And I think that’s far more appealing… than talking about how good you are.
Arnold Palmer

I’m sorry that I haven’t won the PGA Championship. That would be something that would have pleased me very much. I suppose when I look back, I have a lot of reasons and excuses for not having won the PGA.
Arnold Palmer

I’ve stated my position, and that is we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf. I would hope that we’d play under one set of rules, and those rules would include a ban on the long putter hooked to the body in some way, shape or form.
Arnold Palmer

I don’t think that golf has a place for two sets of rules. I think one of the reasons that the game has progressed in the way that it has over the years is the fact that the amateurs and the pros all play the same game, and they play under the same set of rules.
Arnold Palmer

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