Golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, died Sunday at 87 years of age.
Longtime Palmer friend and spokesperson, Doc Griffin, confirmed the passing of the sporting icon. According to Griffin, Palmer died at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian. He was there preparing for a surgical procedure.
“I’m just so heartbroken about it,” said Giffin. “As much as Arnold Palmer meant to the world, he meant that much and more to me.”
Palmer, whose nickname was “The King”, began his professional career in 1954 and won his first Professional Golfer’s Association Tour event in 1955 at the Canadian Open. Palmer would score a first round 64 in his rookie Canadian Open appearance. That score remained his best opening round throughout his career, which would span over five decades.
Palmer won 62 PGA Tour titles, which is the fifth highest win total of all time. He won 92 tournaments including international and senior events. He was named PGA Player of the Year in 1960 and in 1962. Palmer also won a total of nearly $7 million dollars in total tournament earnings, earning the most money on tour four separate times.
Palmer also won seven major championships, a United States Open Championship and twice won the British Open Championship. Palmer is tied with Tiger Woods for second most wins at the Masters Tournament Championship with four. Palmer won the Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964. Only Jack Nicklaus has more wins with six. Nicklaus and Palmer are the only two champions to be members of Augusta National.