Golf legend and overall cultural icon Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday.It’s often mentioned that deaths among public figures are bunched in three. On Sunday, later on after the tragic death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez hit the newswire, No. 2 hit our screens.
Golf legend and cultural icon Arnold Palmer has passed away at the age of 87. A source close to the Palmer family confirmed the news with Golfweek.
Palmer was a seven-time major tournament champion who was golf’s most popular figure for many decades. Not only was his talent on full display on the weekends, but Palmer was a cultural icon who was electric way beyond his era.
“We loved him with a mythic American joy,” said Palmer biographer James Dodson. “He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.”
His 62 PGA Tour victories rank fifth all-time. He captured all four majors tournaments including four Green Jackets at The Masters at Augusta.
The King, as he was so appropriately nicknamed, was born on Sept. 10, 1929 and died on Sept. 25, 2016.