NBC will broadcast a celebration of Arnold Palmer’s historic career, titled “Arnold Palmer presented by Mastercard,” which documents his profound impact on both the PGA TOUR and the world of sports both on and off the course.
Produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, the broadcast will celebrate the historic career of perhaps the most popular player in the history of golf. A trailblazer during his career, Palmer finished with 62 PGA TOUR wins and seven major championships. In 1961, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Palmer passed away on Sept. 25, 2016 at the age of 87.
In addition to the special airing on NBC on Sunday, March 5, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 50 live hours of comprehensive news and live tournament coverage across Golf Channel and NBC honoring The King during the week of the event, March 13-19. The Arnold Palmer Invitational, the annual PGA TOUR event continues to grow Palmer’s legacy, both in its excitement on the course as well as its impact in the community through the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation’s efforts, and most notably the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
Since 2004, Mastercard has been the presenting sponsor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is dedicated to supporting Arnie’s Army and Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy. Each year, the Arnold Palmer Invitational raises millions of dollars for Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, which includes the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.