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Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Matt Slocum

Matt Slocum

Erik Hultgren, News Reporter

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On Sunday the golf community lost one of its best all time athletes: Arnold Palmer. Palmer was 87 years old, and died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was said to have been undergoing heart tests earlier in the week. Palmer, one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports, is considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time. Throughout his career Palmer racked up 95 professional wins, 62 of which were in the PGA tour. Palmer won the Masters four times, the PGA tour three times, the US Open once, and the Open Championship twice. Aside from being a brilliant golfer, Palmer will always be remembered for his signature drink: The Arnold Palmer. An Arnold Palmer generally consists of just two ingredients; ice tea and lemonade. The drink was commonly made by Palmer himself when he golfed, and is known worldwide by golf fans and tea enthusiasts alike. When he was not busy golfing Palmer pursued many hobbies, one of which was flying. Palmer was a licensed pilot for over fifty years until 2011 when he chose not to renew his license. Known as “The King” by his fellow golfers, Arnold received many tributes following his passing. One of the more notable people to mourn the death of Palmer was none other than the president himself: Barack Obama. President Obama who had met Palmer multiple times posted a heartfelt tweet the night of his death. “Here’s to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold.” Palmer’s funeral was held in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Regarded as one of the greatest to ever grace the green, Palmer will be sorely missed.

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