Arnold Palmer passed away yesterday at the age of 87. He was hospitalized last Thursday with heart problems and apparently, his condition deteriorated over the weekend.
He was a golf legend, and won seven majors in his career: The Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964! The British Open in 1961 and 1962! The U.S. Open in 1960. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
He was a part of the ‘Big Three,’ along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Jack Tweeted, quote, “I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend, he’s always been a fighter, and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.”
A lot of people credit Arnold with making golf cool, he certainly took it from the elitist, country club sport to something that everyday people wanted to play.
Of course, he also contributed to culture by giving us the ‘Arnold Palmer’ a beverage mixing iced tea and lemonade. It’s unclear how it started, but he claims it started catching on after a woman overheard him making the special order with a waitress in the late 1960s. She then told the waitress, quote, “I’ll have that Palmer drink.”
Arnold even spoofed it in a great 2010 SportsCenter commercial and for what it’s worth, his technique in the ad was to pour iced tea in a cup, add lemonade, then top it off with more iced tea.
Here are some other tributes:
Rory McIlroy: “Arnie put the game on the map. I don’t think any other sportsperson in any sport did for their profession what Arnie did for the game.”
Sergio Garcia: “We will miss you very much. ‘The King’ and ‘Legend.’ R.I.P.”
Tennis’ Billie Jean King: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Arnold Palmer, a man who brought golf to the people and made us all part of Arnie’s Army.”
Former NFL player Jerome Bettis: “Legend. Class Act. Greatest of all time. Arnold Palmer has passed away but his legacy will live forever.”
I like to think that when Mr. Palmer gets to where ever we go after we pass that he looks back at his life and says, :”Well, that’s how you do that!” Truly a remarkable man that changed the world.