The “king” of golf has sadly passed away. Arnold Palmer was far more than a golf legend—he was an American icon. Donald Trump is one of many who acknowledged Palmer’s passing with great sorrow. Arnie’s vibrant smile and loving nature will never be forgotten, and Trump helped ensure that with this respectful tribute.
Arnold Palmer, 87, died on Sunday at his home in Pittsburgh, PA from complications stemming from heart problems.
On Thursday, the king of golf was admitted to a local hospital for some type of cardiovascular work before growing weaker over the next few days.
Palmer has long been credited with bringing the sport of golf to television. His passion for the sport and unending charisma drew fans to not just him but to the sport in record numbers.
“Arnie’s Army” followed him around from tournament to tournament—kind of like Grateful Dead fans except they wore polo shirts and not tie-dye. The unending fervor to see him play, however, was just the same.
Palmer was also a great philanthropist, pilot, golf course designer, and celebrity endorser.
“Arnold Palmer was the everyday man’s hero,” said fellow golfing great Jack Nicklaus. “From the modest upbringing, Arnold embodied the hard-working strength of America.”
He first won a PGA tour in 1955.
Not long after the big win, he became well known to non-golf fans for his popular Quaker State motor oil commercials.
Arnold Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. In 1974, the golf king was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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