Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away

Sep 26, 2016 12:04 IST

Arnold PalmerUS golfer Arnold Palmer passed away on 25 September 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to heart complications. He was 87.

Palmer is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history.

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About Arnold Palmer

Born on 10 September 2016, Arnold Palmer was an American professional golfer.

He learned golf from his father, who had suffered from polio at a young age.

He attended Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship.

He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955.

He was nicknamed as The King.

He was a part of The Big Three in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

He is also credited by many for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among U.S. players.

Major events won by him are The Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964), the U.S. Open (1960) and the Open Championship (1961, 1962).

In 1960, he won the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year and Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

He won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

He was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

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