Palmer’s career included Wilmington win, near miss

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The sports world continues to mourn legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.

The Hall of Famer died last night in his native Pennsylvania at the age of 87.

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Palmer’s storied career included a win in Wilmington followed up by a near miss as he tried to defend his title.

In 1957 Palmer won his fifth PGA Tour title with a victory in Wilmington’s Azalea Open. According to a UPI story about the tournament, Palmer sank an 18-inch putt on the final hole to secure a one-shot win over Dow Finsterwald at Cape Fear Country Club. Palmer took home $1,700 for finishing first.

Golfer Arnold Palmer finished second at the 1958 Azalea Open in Wilmington. (Photo in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, ©1958, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library)
Golfer Arnold Palmer finished second at the 1958 Azalea Open in Wilmington. (Photo in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, ©1958, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library)

The next year Palmer was in contention again at the Azalea Open, but lost by a single stroke to Howie Johnson in an 18-hole playoff.



In all, Palmer had 95 professional wins, including 62 on the PGA Tour.