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.
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.”
REACTION FROM THE WORLD OF GOLF:
I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016
Very sad news to hear of the passing of the great Arnold Palmer. We will miss you very much. The King and Legend. RIP
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) September 26, 2016
We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1
— USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016
The game of golf will always rest upon your shoulders Arnold Palmer. Thank you! #RIPKing
— Notah Begay III (@NotahBegay3) September 26, 2016
And, of course, how could we forget his most important accomplishment: “The Arnold Palmer” soft drink: