The golfing world has been rocked with the news that Arnold Palmer has tragically passed away, aged 87, due to complications during heart surgery.
Palmer was considered a great and a golf legend by many of his peers. He was a vastly popular character and an incredible sportsman.
Palmer won 91 professional titles in his medal-studded career, including the Open, the US Open, and the Masters on four separate occasions.
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Although never a winner of the US PGA, Palmer's charisma, aggressive style, and charm bought him millions of fans and dollars in prize money.
As of March this year, aged 86, Palmer ranked fifth-place in table of highest earners in golf, only being beaten to the title by current stars of the sport such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
Palmer's impact on golf was huge. He shared a deep knowledge and appreciation for the game, built up over years of spectacular title wins as well as spectacular losses.
His aggressive play-style and charismatic talk off the greens earned him millions of fans in the process. Even if you didn't follow golf, chances were, you knew who Palmer was.
Palmer, for many, represented an example of the American dream. He was an ordinary country child, who forged his own hugely successful career. Palmer was an idol to many, an inspiration for the common man and many a pro-golfer in the years since his playing days.
His humble beginnings were never forgotten by those he played against, his fans, or himself.
It's no wonder the world was upset to hear of his passing. This great, excitable, humble man lead on the course by example and off the course as a dear friend, father, and fan of the sport.
You can see how other golfers have reacted to the tragic news of his passing below:
Palmer was once asked if he had any regrets over his professional career. He responded: "Let's say I could start over. I could have five Opens and two PGAs and six Masters and a couple more British Opens, but not as many friends? No. No way, Jose. Keep the trophies".
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