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Monday, September 26, 2016

Golf's 'greatest ambassador' Arnold Palmer dies at the age of 87

Golfer Arnold Palmer has died, aged 87, according to the
US Golf Association and US golf media.
Palmer won seven majors, including four Masters, played
The Masters for 50 consecutive years and co-founded the
Golf Channel.
He drew thousands of fans to the game in the 1950s and
1960s and his keen fan base earned the moniker "Arnie's
Army".
His good looks, devilish grin and hard-charging style
combined with the arrival of television in most households
to make him a star and bring his sport to the masses.


The US Golf Association tweeted: "We are deeply
saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest
ambassador, at age 87."
Palmer was born on 10 September, 1929, in Latrobe, a
small industrial town east of Pittsburgh.


The son of a greenskeeper, he started golfing at the age of
four and began caddying as an 11-year-old. He turned pro
in 1954 and bought the country club in 1971.
His first wife Winning died in 1999. They had two
daughters.
Palmer married Kathleen Gawthrop in 2005.
Aside from golf, his passion was aviation - in 1976 he set
a record in 1976 when he circumnavigated the world in 57
hours, 25 minutes and 42 seconds.
He flew his Cessna Citation until he failed to renew his
licence at the age of 81, just short of 20,000 hours of
flying.
Palmer died in Pittsburgh due to complications from heart
problems.
He appeared to be in bad health when he joined fellow
golfing icons Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the
ceremonial first tee shot at the Masters in April.
At that event, he had not been well enough to swing a golf
club.
Among Palmer's biggest fans was fellow golfer Tiger
Woods, who tweeted him birthday wishes on 10
September, saying: "Can't talk golf without thinking about
the King".
On Palmer's death, Woods wrote: "Thanks Arnold for your
friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs.
"Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.
"It's hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more
important to the game than the King."
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