Became first PGA Tour golfer to earn $1m
Captained Ryder Cup-winning team
Won first major turnament
In 2004 Palmer became the first golfer to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2009 became the second to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, while in 1998 he was given the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award.
Palmer logged nearly 20,000 hours of flight time during 50 years as a pilot, and in 1999 Westmoreland County Airport was renamed in his honor.