Arnold Palmer, 87

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

His was a life well played. When golfers today look around at the big prize money, the tele­vi­sion cov­er­age, the spon­sor­ships and the place golf holds in the sports con­ver­sa­tion, they can take a 3-iron from their bag, hold it aloft and thank Arnold Palmer .

“He was The King of our sport and al­ways will be,” Jack Nick­laus said.

Palmer never much cared for the regal hon­orific. His roots were in western Penn­syl­va­nia, and with sinewy wrists, a whip of a swing, a swag­ger­ing glint in his eye, he car­ried an en­tire sport into a new age. Palmer and TV came along at the same time.

“If it wasn’t for Arnold, golf wouldn’t be as pop­u­lar as it is today,” Tiger Woods said.

Palmer won seven ma­jors and 62 PGA tour­na­ments, and his ri­valry with Nick­laus gave golf its juice.

Palmer had a dar­ing game, gam­bler’s in­stinct and a con­nec­tion to the gallery that lib­er­ated golf from its coun­try-club en­claves.

Arnold Palmer won seven ma­jors and 62 PGA tour­na­ments. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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