US golfer Arnold Palmer, viewed as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, has died at the age of 87. Palmer died at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was undergoing heart tests, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
During a long career he won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including seven majors. Arnold Palmer dominated the game of golf in the early 1960s Palmer attracted thousands of diehard fans known as “Arnie’s Army” and helped to promote the game into the television age.
Tributes to the sporting star flooded in from the world of golf. Australian World Number One golfer Jason Day also added his tribute US President Barack Obama tweeted a picture of himself with Arnold Palmer at the White House, adding: “Here’s to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold.”
Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1929, the son of a groundskeeper at the local country club who later became the professional at the golf club there. He was one of golf’s most dominant players in the late 1950s and early 1960s, winning seven major titles over seven seasons.