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Gold legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Posted: 2:22 PM, Sep 26, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-26 15:22:15-04

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer died Sunday at the age of 87.

Palmer was one of the most dominant and popular athletes in the 1960s, and he was named the Associated Press' "Athlete of the Decade." He ended his PGA career with seven major titles and  62 PGA tournament wins  — the fifth-most of all time.

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Perhaps more memorable than Palmer's success was his charisma. The U.S. Golf Association called him "golf's greatest ambassador." The hundreds of fans that would follow him during tournaments became known as Arnie's Army.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus called Palmer "the everyday man's hero," saying, "From the modest upbringing, Arnold embodied the hard-working strength of America."

Palmer is survived by his wife, two daughters, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one delicious drink named in his honor.


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