Kimie Bunyasaranand
Thursday September 13th, 2012

Arnold Palmer Speaker of the House John Boehner presents Arnold Palmer with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)

Golf legend Arnold Palmer was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the L.A. Times reported. The award is the highest civilian honor issued by Congress and is given for distinguished achievements and contributions. The medal must be co-sponsored by two-thirds of the House and Senate.

"I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and Senate agree on,’’ Palmer, 83, joked to a crowd that included a number of golfing lawmakers.

Palmer, who turned 83 on Monday, is fifth in all-time PGA tour wins (62) including seven major championships. Other recipients include Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Disney and Roberto Clemente. The award has been presented 141 times, the first to George Washington in 1776.

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