The world of golf is mourning the death of legend, Arnold Palmer.
Palmer, who compiled the fifth most wins in Professional Golfer’s Association Tour history, died at age 87 while preparing for surgery. Many in the golfing world were affected by the passing of the sporting icon.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador,” read a statement from the United States Golf Association. “Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word. He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport. Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum, but also our own personal golf memories. The game is indeed better because of him, and in so many ways, will never be the same.”
“Today marks the passing of an era. Arnold Palmer’s influence, profile and achievements spread far beyond the game of golf. He was an iconic American who treated people with respect and warmth, and built a unique legacy through his ability to engage with fans,” said agent for Palmer, Alastair Johnston.
“I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend — and that golf lost a great friend,” said Jack Nicklaus in a statement. “At this point I don’t know what happened, and I suppose it is not important what happened. What is important is that we just lost one of the incredible people in the game of golf and in all of sports.