The ‘King’ of Golf Passes Away

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The ‘King’ of Golf Passes Away

James Kim, Staff Writer

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On September 25, 2016, golf legend Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87. He died in a Pittsburgh hospital due to heart complications.

Although Palmer may be known for his iced tea lemonade drink, most will recognize him as ‘the king’ of golf. He had the won The Masters four times, British Open twice, and the U.S. Open once. In total, he had won 62 PGA Tour events and more than 90 worldwide tournaments. Not only did he excel in playing the game, but he completely changed the sport of golf.

Before Palmer started his career, golf was an unpopular country-club sport. He was one of the first sports stars to play on television, which allowed him to connect with audiences. He became incredibly wealthy through sports representation, and he made other tour players rich as well. Golf instantly grew after Palmer’s Masters and US Open victory in 1960. That same year, he was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. In 2004, Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from President George W. Bush. Arnold Palmer has made an unforgettable legacy in the world of sports. He will always be known as one of the greatest and most influential players to ever play golf.

Arnold Palmer has made an unforgettable legacy in the world of sports. He will always be known as one of the greatest and most influential players to ever play golf.

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