Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies, aged 87

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Tributes have poured in for seven-time main winner Arnold Palmer after he handed away on Sunday, aged 87.

He died in Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, the place he was present process coronary heart assessments, on Sunday afternoon as a consequence of issues together with his situation.

Palmer, broadly considered top-of-the-line to ever play the sport, had celebrated his 87th birthday earlier this month.

A four-time Masters champion, he had been unable to carry out his customary position as honorary starter at this yr’s match earlier in April.

He appeared frail as he was helped to a seat on the primary tee alongside observe greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Participant – the opposite members of golf’s ‘Massive Three’.

Palmer’s highly effective swing, attacking method and prepared smile attracted tens of millions of loyal followers often known as ‘Arnie’s Military’ throughout his illustrious profession, and a number of present and former professionals all gave their tributes to the golf legend following the information of his passing.

Augusta Nationwide chairman Billy Payne stated on Sunday: “His presence at Augusta Nationwide will probably be sorely missed, however his impression on the Masters stays immeasurable – and it’ll by no means wane.

“Our thoughts are with Arnold’s beloved wife Kit and his entire family. We look forward to the 2017 Masters Tournament, when we will do our very best to appropriately pay our respects to Arnold Palmer – a Masters legend, our game’s finest ambassador, and a hero to generations of people throughout the world.” 

Palmer is survived by his second spouse, Package, daughters Amy Saunders and Peggy Wears and 6 grandchildren, together with Sam Saunders, who performs on the PGA Tour.

His celebrated profession produced greater than 90 profession titles, together with seven main championships.

Palmer gained the Masters in every even-numbered yr from 1958 to 1964, two Open Championships and the US Open in 1960, however by no means accomplished the profession grand slam by successful the US PGA Championship – one thing he thought of his best remorse. 

Maybe his best achievement was reviving the fortunes of the Open, which had usually been shunned by the main American professionals because of the low prize cash and price and time concerned in travelling throughout the Atlantic.

Nicklaus, who loved a protracted, pleasant rivalry with Palmer, stated: “I want I had one other likelihood to speak to him, however I’m so glad we talked a pair weeks in the past on his birthday, when he sounded nice.

“He was one of my best friends, closest friends, and he was for a long, long time. I will miss him greatly. He was the king of our sport and always will be.”

Participant had devoted his tee shot at Augusta to Palmer and stated on the time: “Arnold oozed with charisma. He had a brief profession in majors in comparison with Jack and I, however regardless that it was shorter, boy, he was so charismatic and an amazing icon and did a lot for the sport.”

“It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no modern day PGA Tour without Arnold Palmer,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem stated.

“There would be no PGA Tour Champions without Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel without Arnold Palmer (who was a co-founder). No-one has had a greater impact on those who play our great sport or who are touched by it.”

Palmer’s legacy will probably be quick in addition to long-lasting, with US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love saying his facet will “draw from his strength and determination to inspire us” after they face Europe at Hazeltine over the approaching week.

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