Arnold Palmer dies aged 87

Seven-time major winner known as 'The King' passes away in Pittsburgh, US

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016

Golf legend Arnold Palmer has died at the age of 87 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Renowned as one of golf’s greatest ever players, “The King” was among the sport’s most popular players, drawing huge crowds everywhere he went, known as “Arnie’s Army”.

Palmer won 95 tournaments worldwide, including seven majors, and is credited for taking golf into the television era and selling the game to the masses thanks to his affable charisma.


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His health is reported to have been deteriating over recent months, with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporting he was in hospital for heart tests.

Another legendary player Jack Nicklaus – who had numerous tussles with Palmer over the years and was a close friend of Palmer – said “we have lost a great friend”.

“Arnold is the reason golf enjoys the popularity it does today," Nicklaus said. “He made golf attractive to the television-viewing public. There never has been anyone like him before in the game of golf, and there probably won’t be another like him again.”

United States President Barack Obama tweeted a picture of himself and the King, writing:  "Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold."

Palmer was the son of a greenkeeper, and was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1929.


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