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Arnold Palmer died on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh following complications from heart problems
He helped propel his sport to the masses as television was coming of age
Palmer won seven majors and 62 PGA Tours in his lengthy career
Tiger Woods led the tributes to golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who has died aged 87.
Palmer, who won seven major championships during his career and was fondly nicknamed ‘The King’, died in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died of complications from heart problems.
Johnson said Palmer was admitted to the hospital on Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.
One of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as ‘Arnie’s Army’, Palmer brought the county club game to the masses just as television was coming of age.
‘It’s hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King,’ Woods tweeted on Sunday night.
‘Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs,’ he added.
‘Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.’
In 2004 interview when Palmer played in his last Masters, Woods said: ‘If it wasn’t for Arnold, golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is now.
‘He’s the one who basically brought it to the forefront on TV. If it wasn’t for him and his excitement, his flair, the way he played, golf probably would not have had that type of excitement.
‘And that’s why he’s the king.’
The USGA also paid tribute to Palmer, writing on Twitter: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87.’
Palmer’s biographer James Dodson was also among those who paid tribute to the golfing great.
‘We loved him with a mythic American joy,’ Dodson said, according to Golfweek.
‘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.’
Former House Speaker John Boehner wrote on Twitter: ‘Arnold Palmer was a model of integrity, passion, and commitment.
‘A great American who struck his way into history and our hearts.’
Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history – and it went well beyond his seven majors and 62 PGA Tour wins.
His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all.
Beyond golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements.
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