One of the world’s greatest golfers has died, aged 87.
Arnold Palmer passed away in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the United States Golf Association confirmed.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87,” USGS tweeted.
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Dubbed ‘The King’, Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history, winning seven major titles, including four US masters.
Social media has been inundated with tributes to the American legend since news of his passing broke this morning.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Arnold’s passing and offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time,” Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club General Manager Paul Sanders said.
“He will be remembered as a true champion and his legacy will live on for generations to come.
Mr Palmer was responsible for designing Sanctuary Cove’s 18-hole championship course, The Pines, in 1988.
“Arnold played a major part in shaping the Australian golfing community and we are proud to have an association with one of the greatest golfing sportsman in history.”
The Pines is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Australia.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1
— USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016
Arnold Palmer. RIP you were a giant .Golf will never be the same.
— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) September 26, 2016
— Sky Sports Golf ?⛳️ (@SkySportsGolf) September 26, 2016
Golf has lost an icon.
— ☇ASAP Sports News☇ (@ASAP_SportsNews) September 26, 2016
I never thought this day would come. Rest In Peace to THE KING, Mr. Arnold Palmer. One of the greatest to ever play the game. pic.twitter.com/b6AE7pe08e
— B•Chill (@brady_childers) September 26, 2016
RIP to the OG of golf, Arnold Palmer. pic.twitter.com/5MPg3n4IRt
— Jake (@JJandrews17) September 26, 2016
Arnold Palmer has passed away at 87 years old. Rest in peace, Arnie. You are forever a legend in golf and in life.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 26, 2016