Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer who was known as “the King” for his extraordinary transformative legacy in golf, has passed away at the age of 87.
As stated by his company, Palmer died on Sunday evening at a Pittsburgh hospital while awaiting cardiac surgery.
Perhaps the greatest golfer to ever walk the earth, he didn’t just stumble on the title “the king”, he earned it. Almost singlehandedly and with his dominance in golf and distinctive style, Palmer was able to turn things around in the game.
He contributed immensely to turning the sport from a country club pursuit to an easily accessible game to the masses. In fact, he literally took the game through different levels of growth.
Legendary Golfer Arnold Palmer
Palmer who learned how to play golf at the age of 4 couldn’t bring himself to stop. During his successful career, Palmer became the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
He was decorated with a win in more than 90 golf tournaments, including – the Masters four times; the U.S. Open in 1960 and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.
Together with his two great rivals in the “Big Three” – Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, the trio helped take the sport around the globe in the 1960s. Eventually, golf grew into one of the hot on television events. Also, the publicity attracted massive sponsorship and prize money.
In an interview in 2012, Palmer told CNN;
“I would like to be remembered for bringing golf to a worldwide audience. Players today have no boundaries.”
Well, he got more than he asked for.
Palmer died as one of the greatest golfers that ever lived. He also became one of the wealthiest celebrity endorsers; a philanthropist; a golf course designer as well as a pilot.