Arnold Palmer was born Sept. 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. “The King,” as he has been nicknamed, was one of the first sports superstars in the television age and earned 62 PGA Tour wins — which is fifth all-time — during his lengthy career. His achievements include four Masters Tournament wins, one U.S. Open win, and two wins in The Open Championship. In total, Palmer earned an impressive 95 professional wins.
Palmer passed away on Sept. 25, 2016, shortly after his 87th birthday while he was awaiting heart surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
In honor of what would have been his birthday, we take a look back at some of the top quotes from Palmer’s career.
Below are some of the best quotes and sayings from the legendary golfer.
Arnold Palmer: Best Quotes & Sayings
“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
“The road to success is always under construction.”
“The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.”
“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
“You must play boldly to win.”
“I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
“It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”
“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.”
“I am a sentimental guy, and occasionally, that lump in my throat when I speak has stopped my tongue from working.”