Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Best of Golf: Top 10 players of the 1960s

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Arnold Palmer after winning the 1960 U.S. Open (AP)

2. Arnold Palmer

PGA Tour victories in 1960s: 43 (of 62 total)

Major titles in 1960s: six (of seven total)

Arnold Palmer was the King for a reason, as his approachable persona and television charisma made him the perfect ambassador at the apex of the game’s growth. He started winning PGA Tour events in the 1950s after a hitch in the U.S. Coast Guard, but he racked up most of his victories in the 1960s. His 43 PGA Tour wins were the most of the any PGA Tour pro in the 1960s, but he trailed a young Jack Nicklaus in major titles for the decade. Palmer won the Masters three times (1960, ’62, ’64), the U.S. Open once (1960) and the British Open twice (1961, ’62) in the decade. Palmer never did complete the career Grand Slam, finishing in second place in the PGA Championship three times (twice in the ’60s). Among his many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, Palmer was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Palmer died in 2016 at age 87.

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