Golf Loses Its “King”


Matt Eaker, Sextant Reporter

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Golf lost one of its most iconic golfers on Sunday, September 25th.

Arnold Palmer, golfing legend, and the man who transformed the game, died awaiting heart surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital.

“I’m just so heartbroken about it, As much as Arnold Palmer meant to the world, he meant that much and more to me,” said spokesman and friend of Palmer, Doc Giffin.

Palmer was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian on Thursday due to heart problems. Over the next few days, Palmer grew weaker and weaker, and on Sunday he passed away due to heart complications. This is a very sad day for the golf community, he was a trailblazer for the generations to come after him.

Many may recognize this name because of the well-known refreshment.  The famous “Arnold Palmer” Arizona drink was made in the 1960s after Palmer played a round of golf in the Palm Springs area. He asked the waitress for an iced tea with lemonade and the people around him all ordered the “Arnold Palmer drink.” In 2001 Arnold Palmer teamed up with AriZona beverage company to officially mass-produce the beverage. Over the years, his namesake product has enjoyed enduring popularity.  But, while he may have enjoyed recognition for this tasty creation, Arnold Palmer will always best be remembered as giant in the world of golf.

Palmer amassed 92 victories in his 56-year career, including his: 62 U.S tour wins, 18 international wins, and 12 senior tour wins. Palmer won 7 Major tournaments, including 4 Green jackets from the masters, 2 Open Championships, and the U.S Open.

He was the PGA player of the year in 1960 and 1962, he was on the Ryder cup team from 1961 to 1975 and was the captain of the 1963 and 1975 teams. He was a part of the Chrysler cup.

“He was the king of our sport and always will be” Jack Nicklaus, another golf legend, said.

Palmer was the face of the Golf in the 60s and brought a lot of popularity to the sport of golf. He attracted a following, “Arnie’s army,” which was his fan group across the country and world. Some called Palmer “The King” and others called him the Majestic face of golf. All around the country and world people are solemnly remembering and honoring Palmer.

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