When the Late Arnold Palmer Looked Back on His Biggest Career Disappointment

Published 08/29/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 09: Arnold Palmer hits out a bunker during the Par 3 Contest at the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for Golfweek)

Golf is full of great players, but no one is like the king, the late Arnold Palmer. He alone quadrupled purses and brought golf as one of the main sports. He took the sport beyond the country and spread it across the world. Even though he was great, he had some disappointments which he could never forget. He revealed his disappointments in an interview with ‘Athlon Sports’ in 2014.

The Biggest Disappointment of Arnold Palmer


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During the interview, Arnold Palmer was telling about his journey of golf. Then the interviewer asked about his biggest disappointment. To which he replied that there are many, but not winning the PGA Championship is the first that comes to his mind.

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 07: Arnold Palmer watches the ceremonial first tee shot to start the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

He said, “I haven’t won the PGA Championship. That is certainly one that I immediately think of. I would have loved to have added it to my resume. But I had a lot of success with the PGA Championship.”


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He added, “I had a couple that I finished second in and some other close calls. (Palmer had six top-10s at the PGA, including two runner-up finishes.) I literally just didn’t make the shot that I needed to make at the right time. It’s sort of like how Sam Snead never won the U.S. Open.”

The Recipe for Success


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Even though Palmer had his disappointments, there has been no hero like him until now. His success is an example for the young golfers today. During the interview, the interviewer asked him to share the recipe for his success and his reply was perfect.

BRISTOL, VA – JUNE 8: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player at The Big Three fund-raiser for the Mountain Mission Kids (expected to be the biggest one-day charitable event in golf history) at the Olde Farm Golf Club on June 8, 2010 in Bristol, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) Credit: Getty Images

He said that there is no such recipe but only efforts. Whatever he had achieved, he did it on his own. There was a special reason behind his hard work and dedication, which worked like magic. He enjoyed the support of everyone. So if you ask about the recipe, he put a combination of all his learnings together.


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Today, he is not among us, but his game, his strategy, and his wins will always be with us. The king of golf proved every bit of why he is called the King. There were disappointments, but it was all part of the glorious journey he took.



Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

Edited By: Jito Tenson