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Arnold Palmer, ‘The King’ of golf, passes away at the age of 87

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On Sunday night ‘The King’ of golf Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Palmer was the face of golf in the 1960s, and during his career was a seven-time major championship winner. He became a golf celebrity, the de facto leader of “Arnie’s Army”, the nickname given to the droves of fans that followed him on the course.

Throughout his career,  he won 92 tournaments worldwide,  62 of them on the PGA Tour.  That places his fifth all-time behind Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan.

From GolfWeek:

Palmer, of Latrobe, Pa., attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship. At age 24, he was selling paint and living in Cleveland, just seven months removed from a three-year stint in the Coast Guard when he entered the national sporting consciousness by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit.

“That victory was the turning point in my life,” he said. “It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game.”


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And, of course, how could we forget his most important accomplishment: “The Arnold Palmer” soft drink:

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