Monday, 26 September 2016

ARNOLD PALMER: Golf's First SuperStar Dies Age 87.

Arnold Palmer, Golf's first superstar, has died from complications after heart surgery. He died at age 87.

The American won SEVEN majors and 62 PGA Tour titles but his influence on the sport went beyond his considerable on-field achievements.

Young, dashing with matinee idol looks, the working-class hero was pennsylvania was known simply as The King as he attracted a new fanbase to golf known as Arnie's Army and made the game cool.

And he made millions of dollars along with agent Mark McCormack as he was rewarded with lucrative endorsement deals at the start of the age of TV.

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus followed in his footsteps. He played in six Ryder Cups and captained the United State of America twice.

Rory McIlroy said: "Arnold Palmer was the most influential man in the history of golf.
"In the 1960s and 70s, Palmer broght golf to masses. I don't think anyone in any sport has left a legacy like Arnold Palmer has.

"You come to the United States and there is a drink names after him. It is incredible what he did, his character, his charisma, everything about him.

"I was just so fortunate that I was able to spent a little bit of time with him in the last couple of years.
"I will always cherish that and remember that. He was a very good man and a very generous man. He will live long ion the memory of a lot of people."

Palmer was also crucial in making golf worldwide game, especially with his support of the open which he won in 1961 and 1962.

He convinced other Americans to cross the Atlantic to compete for the claret jug.

When Palmer made his farewell open appearance at St Andrews in 1995,
 Sir Nick said: "If Arnold hadn't come here in 1960, we'd probably all be in a shed on the beach."

Palmer rank fifth on the PGA's list tournament victories. His biggest win may have come in 1960, when he won the U.S. Open after being down seven shots in the final round in the greatest comeback in that tournament history. 

Palmer beat Jack Nicklaus, a then 20-year-old amateur, by two shots,prefacing a rivalry between the two that lasted throughout the 1960s.

Palmer was especially dominant from 1960 to 1963, winning 29 PGA Tour events. He was named sport illustrated magazine's sportsman of the year 1960.


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