Arnold Palmer, the 1st to Four Green Jackets
On this day, In 1964 Arnold Palmer became the first man to collect four green jackets at The Masters. With a final round of 70, he won by six strokes with a 72‐hole aggregate of 276, only two shots over the record set by Ben Hogan in 1953.
Palmer, who started the day with a five‐stroke lead, played the 6,980‐yard, par‐72 Augusta National Golf Club course without a threat. He triumphed in 1958 and 1960 by just a stroke. He won 1962 after a playoff with Dow Finsterwald and Gary Player. While Palmer has long been regarded as one of the most talented United States golfers, this time he was able to soak it all in.
The victory ended a slump in which he had gone 11 tournaments without winning. The triumph also brought him a sizable purse, $20,000. He thus increased his earnings to $506,496.84 since joining the pro tour in 1955 and became the first golfer to exceed half a million in official United States competition.
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