Arnold Palmer, the seven-time major winner who brought golf to the forefront of the sports world, died Sunday at the age of 87.
Even if you have never played golf, or have no interest in golf, you have heard the name Arnold Palmer. He transformed the world of golf, and is a modern day legend. His accomplishments far exceed the imagination of most people. His contributions through his life are almost unmatched by another athlete. While Palmer might not be remembered as the single greatest player who ever lived, he will be remembered as the most beloved.
Palmer turned pro in 1954 and played professional golf through the new millennium, retiring in 2006. During his career, Palmer amassed 95 professional wins, 62 of them coming on the PGA tour.
He was victorious in the Masters tournament four times, while he won the Open Championship twice and the U.S. Open only once. He was never able to secure a victory in the PGA Championship, though he did place second in the tournament three times.
In 1974, Palmer was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as one of the original 13 members.
Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.
Palmer was also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.
More importantly Arnold Palmer Palmer helped build the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. He founded Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer and contributed to countless charitable endeavors.
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RIP Arnold Palmer, the golf world mourns your passing.