Golf Champion Arnold Palmer Dies at 87
Raise a glass to one of the noble men of golf. Seven-time grand winner Arnold Palmer passed on Sunday, September 25, at the age of 87, a source near the family affirmed to Golfweek.
A standout amongst the most popular competitors on the planet, he won 62 times on the PGA Tour and turned into an ambassador for his sport, as well as was one of the first sports figures to endorse products, loaning his name to everything from his renowned namesake drink (a blend of iced and lemonade) to tractors.
Referred to just as “The King,” he was one of three unique inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame, an establishing speculator of The Golf Channel and ran a sought after green outline organization.
Conceived in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Palmer was instructed to play the game by his dad, who was head proficient and greenskeeper at the nearby nation club. He went to school on a golf grant, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for a long time before moving into playing the game he adored aggressively.
His first tour win was in 1955, and Palmer went ahead to win the U.S. Open, twice won The Open Championship and was a four-time victor of The Masters. He played The Masters for 50 straight years.
He was the main golfer to be granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, and was later granted the Congressional Gold Medal, two of the most noteworthy respects that can be granted to a regular citizen.
Palmer survived by his second spouse, Kit, two little girls and six grandchildren, including Sam Saunders, who plays on the PGA Tour.