Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday in Pittsburgh from heart complications. He was 87.
Palmer, a native of Latrobe, Pa., had been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was scheduled to have heart surgery Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Reaction poured in from “Arnie’s Army” of admirers in the world of golf.
“We loved him with a mythic American joy,” said Palmer biographer James Dodson. “He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.”
No one did more to popularize the sport than Palmer. His dashing presence singlehandedly took golf out of the country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool.
“I used to hear cheers go up from the crowd around Palmer,” Lee Trevino said. “And I never knew whether he’d made a birdie or just hitched up his pants.”
Golfweek subscriber Bob Conn of Guilford, Conn., in a letter to the editor, captured the loyalty and devotion that the public felt for Palmer.
“If Arnold Palmer sent me a personal letter asking me to join the cleanup crew at Bay Hill, I would buy a green jumpsuit, stick a nail in a broom handle, grab some Hefty garbage bags and shake his hand when I arrived.”
It wasn’t just the fans. His fellow competitors revered him, and the next generation and the generation after that worshipped him. When reporters at the 1954 U.S. Amateur asked Gene Littler to identify the golfer as slender as wire and as strong as cable cracking balls on the practice tee, Littler said: “That’s Arnold Palmer. He’s going to be a great player some day. When he hits the ball, the earth shakes.”
Palmer attended Wake Forest on a golf scholarship. At age 24, he was selling paint and living in Cleveland, just seven months removed from a three-year stint in the Coast Guard, when he entered the national sporting consciousness by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit.
“That victory was the turning point in my life,” he said. “It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game.”
Palmer’s victory set in motion a chain of events. Instead of returning to selling paint, Palmer played the next week in the Waite Memorial in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa., where he met Winifred Walzer, who would become his wife of 45 years until her death in 1999. On Nov. 17, 1954, Palmer announced his intentions to turn pro, and golf would never be the same.
In his heyday, Palmer famously swung as if he were coming out of his shoes.
“What other people find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive,” Palmer said.
He unleashed his corkscrew-swing motion, which produced a piercing draw, with the ferocity of a summer squall. In his inimitable swashbuckling style, Palmer succeeded with both power and putter. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973, placing him fifth on the Tour’s all-time victory list. He collected seven major titles in a six-plus-year explosion, from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters.
Palmer didn’t lay up or leave putts short. His go-for-broke style meant he played out of the woods and ditches with equal abandon, and resulted in a string of memorable charges. At the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills near Denver, Palmer drove the first green and with his trademark knock-kneed, pigeon-toed putting stance went out and birdied six of the first seven holes en route to shooting 65 and winning the title in a furious comeback.
“Palmer on a golf course was Jack Dempsey with his man on the ropes, Henry Aaron with a three-and-two fastball, Rod Laver at set point, Joe Montana with a minute to play, A.J. Foyt with a lap to go and a car to catch,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray.
Even Palmer’s setbacks were epic. He double-bogeyed the 18th hole at Augusta in the 1961 Masters after accepting congratulations from a spectator whom he knew in the gallery. Palmer lost playoffs in three U.S. Opens, the first to Jack Nicklaus in 1962; the second to Julius Boros in 1963; and the third to Billy Casper in 1966 in heart-breaking fashion. Palmer blew a seven-stroke lead with nine holes to go in regulation at Olympic Club and lost to Casper in an 18-hole playoff the next day.
Arnold Daniel Palmer, born Sept. 10, 1929, grew up in the working-class mill town of Latrobe, in a two-story frame house off the sixth tee of Latrobe Country Club, where his father, Milfred “Deacon” Palmer, was the greenskeeper and professional.
Though for decades Palmer made his winter home in Orlando, Fla., he never lost touch with his western Pennsylvania roots in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.
“Of all the places I’ve been, there isn’t any place that I’m more comfortable than I am right here,” he told Golfweek in 2009 in Latrobe ahead of his 80th birthday.
Palmer was 3 years old when his father wrapped his hands around a cut-down women’s golf club in the classic overlapping Vardon grip, and instructed him to, “Hit it hard, boy. Go find it and hit it hard again.”
Palmer’s combination of matinee-idol looks, charisma and blue-collar background made him a superstar just as golf ushered in the television era. He became Madison Avenue’s favorite pitchman, accepting an array of endorsement deals that generated millions of dollars in income on everything from licensed sportswear to tractors to motor oil and even Japanese tearooms. Credit goes to agent Mark McCormack, who sold the Palmer personality and the values he represented rather than his status as a tournament winner. Palmer’s business empire grew to include a course-design company, a chain of dry cleaners, car dealerships, as well as ownership of Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. He even bought Latrobe Country Club, which his father helped build with his own hands and where as a youth Palmer was permitted only before the members arrived in the morning or after they had gone home in the evening. Palmer designed more than 300 golf courses in 37 states, 25 countries and five continents (all except Africa and Antarctica), including the first modern course built in China, in 1988.
Palmer led the PGA Tour money list four times, and was the first player to win more than $100,000 in a season. He played on six Ryder Cup teams, and was the winning captain twice. He is credited with conceiving the modern Grand Slam of the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship during a conversation with golf writer Bob Drum on a flight to Ireland for the 1960 Canada Cup. Palmer won the Masters four times, the British Open twice and the U.S. Open once.
It was Palmer who convinced his colleagues that they could never consider themselves champions unless they had won the Claret Jug. Nick Faldo, during Palmer’s farewell at St. Andrews in 1995, may have put it best when he said, “If Arnold hadn’t come here in 1960, we’d probably all be in a shed on the beach.” Mark O’Meara went a step further. “He made it possible for all of us to make a living in this game,” he said.
In 1974, Palmer was one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. As he grew older, Palmer was let down by a shaky putter, but his popularity never waned. The nascent Senior PGA Tour hitched its star to golf’s first telegenic personality when Palmer turned 50. He relished winning again and became a regular on the senior circuit, remaining active until 2006.
Arnold Palmer in the bunker during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National in Georgia, USA. Credit: Craig Jones /Allsport
Arnold Palmer rips off his sunshade as he drops the final putt that gave him the National Open championship in Denver, Colorado, June 18, 1960. “I was seven strokes back and really pumped up, ready to go,” Palmer recalled. Before the day ended, Palmer had won his only U.S. Open title. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer, left, winner of the U.S. Open Championship, congratulates Jack Nicklaus, the U.S. Amateur champion who placed second, at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Co., on June 18, 1960. Palmer won with 280 to Nicklaus’s 282. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer smiles with his trophy and medal after winning the British Open Golf Championship by a single stroke at Royal Birkdale course in Birkdale, Lancashire, England, July 15, 1961. Palmer, of Latrobe, Pa., finished with a 284 for the 72 holes. He is the first American to win the title since Ben Hogan in 1953. (AP Photo)
Gallerites watch Arnold Palmer hit an iron shot on the 11th hole at Troon, Scotland, July 11, 1962, in opening round of the British Open Golf Championship. The Latrobe, Pa. pro, the defending champion, birdied the par 5 hole. He had a first round 1-under-par 71. (AP Photo)
British Open champion Arnold Palmer poses with his trophy held high for all to see at the presentation ceremonies at Troon, Scotland, July 13, 1962. (AP Photo)
American golfers Jack Nicklaus, left, Sam Snead, center, and Arnold Palmer get together at the first tee at Troon, Ayrshire in Scotland during July 7-8 weekend in 1962. The three golfers are practicing for the British Open Golf Championship. Nicklaus is the American Open champion, Snead and Palmer will be defending the title. (AP Photo)
Bundled against the cold and rain defending champion Arnold Palmer tees off on the short fifth hole in the first round of the British Amateur open golf championship at St. Anne’s, England, July 10, 1963. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer of Latrobe, Pa., Chips from rough in front of spectators stand onto third green in final round of British open Golf championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, on July 13, 1968. He carded a five for the par-four Hole. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer putts at the third hole of the British Open Golf Championship, July 12, 1968, Carnoustie, Scotland. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer holds up two fingers as he comes in at the end of play in the British Open Golf Championship, July 13, 1978, St. Andrews, Scotland. Palmer was 6 under par at one time; he took seven strokes at the 17th hole, and birdied the 18th to stay in contention. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer, center, drives off from the 1st tee during practice for the British Open Golf Championship, July 15, 1981, Sandwich, England. (AP Photo/Robert Dear)
Arnold Palmer and his wife, Winnie, make a happy couple after the young Pennsylvania professional won the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 6, 1958. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)
Golfer Arnold Palmer works on his clubs in his basement at his home, May 23, 1962, Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer is virtually in tears as a putt for a birdie stays out of the cup on the 14th green during the final round of the US open in San Francisco June 19, 1966, in which he and Billy Casper wound up in a tie for first at 278. (AP Photo)
Billy Casper reacted in this fashion today when he ran a 25-foot putt into the cup on the 11th green for a birdie 3 during his playoff with Arnold Palmer for the U.S. Open title in San Francisco, on June 20, 1966. Two strokes down at the time, Casper pulled even when Palmer bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer with ?Arnie?s Army? surrounding him drive on No. 5 hole in today?s third round of the PGA Championship on Feb. 27, 1971 in Palm Beach Gardens. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer sails his visor into the crowd at the 18th green at Bermuda Dunes after knocking in a birdie putt that clinched victory for him on Sunday, Feb. 11, 1973 in the Bob Hope Desert Golf Classic in Palm Springs. It was his first tournament victory in a year and a half. (AP Photo)
Jack Nicklaus kicks his leg after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the U.S. Open Golf Championship, June 18, 1967, in Springfield, N.J. At right is runner up, Arnold Palmer. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer leans on his putter and hangs head in perspiring dejection after he double bogied ninth hole in third round play of the PGA Championship. Palmer, playing on his home course on August 14, 1965 at Ligonier, Pa., started the round with 147, five over par and ten strokes behind the leader. He wound up with a 221, for eight over par. (AP Photo)
Golfer Arnold Palmer in the cockpit of a $750,000 Jet Commander, which he bought and pilots himself, is ready to take off from the Miami International Airport, May 23, 1966, Miami, Fla. Palmer is on a 1,000 mile flight to his home in Latrobe, Pa., about two hours flying time. He planned a brief visit with his family before flying on to various business conferences, on a recent typical schedule. (AP Photo/JM)
Palmer fails in Birdie try-p. Arnold Palmer does a little dance on the 14 green on Feb. 25, 1971 in Palm Beach Gardens, as he barely misses a birdie on the par 4 hole in the first round of the PGA Championship. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer grins as he answered Jack Nicklaus complaint about the Merion Golf Club Course, site of the U.S. Open, and said he found pin placement great, June 17, 1971, Ardmore, Pa. He then said Nicklaus, threesome in Fridays second round play was running late and they should be told, whats good for the goose is good for the gander, Palmer said. (AP Photo)
Golfing great Arnold Palmer walks with members of his “Army” as he walks to the first tee for a practice round on Monday, August 10, 1976 at Congressional Country Club, Bethesda site of the 1976 PGA championship. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer obliges his ever present army with autographs following his practice round on Wednesday, June 16, 1982 in Pebble Beach, Calif. as he prepared for the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jim Palmer)
Golfer Arnold Palmer poses with his golf clubs in this undated photo. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer waves his putter and smiles after putting, and missing, a birdie on sixth green in second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Friday, June 15, 1973, Oakmont, Pa. Palmer wound up first round with par 71. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer slips into a green coat, tradional symbol of the Masters Golf winners, in ceremony at Augusta, Ga April 12, 1964 after a record fourth victory for the Pennsyvania professional. Helping him is Jack Nicklaus, left, who won the tournamnet last year. Palmer fired a 4th round 70 for a total 276, six strokes ahead of Nicklaus and Dave Marr. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer, a four-time-winner of the Masters, stretches to watch the ball after hitting from the sandtrap on number one hole during opening round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club, April 7, 1988. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Arnold Palmer points to his name on the press ten scoreboard showing his four under par total for 72 holes for the National Open tournament in Denver, Colo., June 19, 1960. Palmer won the tournament with a score of 280. (AP Photo)
Both Arnold Palmer and his caddy throw themselves in to the act as Palmer’s Eagle putt rolls close to the 13th cup but misses by inches in the final round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 13, 1964. Palmer won an unprecedented fourth Masters title. Caddy is unidentified. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, left to right, pose at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Sept. 7, 1962. (AP Photo)
Golfing greats Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are shown on the course of Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday, April 4, 1973. Both are hoping for victory in the first of four major golf championships. Presently, the two are tied with four Masters victories each. (AP Photo)
President of the USGA John Clock presents the U.S. Open trophy to Arnold Palmer, left, at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado on June 18, 1960. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead in 1958
With a clenched fist, Arnold Palmer gives vent to his emotion at sinking a birdie putt on the 17th hole at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York on Friday, June 14, 1974 in second round of the 74th U.S. Open golf championship. Palmer went on to post an even par 70. With his opening round of 73 that puts him in a tie for lead. (AP Photo)
Arnold Palmer registered this moment of torture when he missed a putt on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club, June 20, 1975. Arnie hunched his shoulders, dropped his putter and raised his face to the sky. He finished in two-under-par 69, two strokes behind the leaders. (AP Photo)
Palmer maintained a high profile in the game, presiding over the Arnold Palmer Invitational every March, the only living player with his name attached to a PGA Tour event. He also served as the longtime national spokesperson for the USGA’s member program, and was an original investor and frequent guest on Golf Channel. To countless others, he became known for his eponymous drink consisting of equal parts iced tea and lemonade.
On Sept. 12, 2012, Palmer was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. He became just the sixth athlete to receive the honor. Coupled with the Presidential Medal of Freedom that he was awarded in 2004, Palmer held both of the highest honors that the U.S. can give to a civilian.
Palmer, who gave up his pilot’s license in 2011, had been in deteriorating health since late 2015. A ceremonial tee shot at the 2015 British Open was his last public golf shot. Palmer looked increasingly frail in public appearances at the API in March and as an onlooker instead of an active participant during the opening tee shot at the 2016 Masters in April.
“Winnie once said to me, ‘When Arnold Palmer gives up flying his airplane and his ability to hit a golf ball, he won’t be with us long,’ ” said Dodson, the biographer.
Palmer is survived by his second wife, Kit, daughters Amy Saunders and Peggy Wears, six grandchildren, including Sam Saunders, who plays on the PGA Tour, and nine great-grandchildren.
As a measure of his popularity, Palmer, like Elvis Presley before him, was known simply as “The King.” But in a life bursting from the seams with success, Palmer never lost his common touch. He was a man of the people, willing to sign every autograph, shake every hand, and tried to look every person in his gallery in the eye.
2016 – Jason Day with his wife, Ellie, son, Dash and daughter, Lucy pose with Arnold Palmer at No. 18 during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. – (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
Sam Saunders greets his grandad, Arnold Palmer, as he made the turn on Thursday during the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. – (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
Golfer Arnold Palmer is all smiles after being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 23, 2004. Palmer, winner of 92 golf championships, including four Masters, two British Opens and the U.S. Open. He played his 50th and final Masters this year at age 74. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Honorary starter Arnold Palmer hits a ball on the first tee before the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Honorary starter Arnold Palmer punches the air after hitting off the first tee before the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Arnold Palmer and longtime friend, Dow Finsterwald at Bay Hill Lodge and Club in Orlando looking over a rules book.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Former President George H. W. Bush, left, and legendary golfer Arnold Palmer acknowledge the gallery at the Champions Tour golf tournament Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in The Woodlands, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Arnold Palmer, standing, and his grandson Sam Saunders line up their putt on the 18th hole during the second day of the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge golf tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. They finished the event with a two-round score of 18-under-par 126. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer is presented with a plaque at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., as Arnold Palmer Day was celebrated on Tuesday April 4, 1995. The day marks the 40th anniversary of Palmer’s first appearance at the Masters. The tournament begins on Thursday. (AP Photo/Curtis Compton)
Golfing great Arnold Palmer, center, receives the Congressional Gold Medal from House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington. At right is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Arnold Palmer with 1954 U. S. Amateur pictures.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer (80) watches a video tribute to his golf career before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. Palmer, a native of nearby Latrobe, Pa., was on hand for a celebration of his 80th birthday on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, right, is surprised by the Pirate Parrot and a birthday cake in his seat behind home plate during a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. Palmer, a native of nearby Latrobe, Pa., was on hand for a celebration of his 80th birthday on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Arnold Palmer signs a driver that he gave to Catherine Yaun in Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer talks to the media during the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Wednesday at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Winner of The Open in 1961 and 1962, US golfer Arnold Palmer plays from the 1st tee during the Champion Golfers’ Challenge on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 15, 2015, ahead of The 2015 Open Golf Championship which runs July 16-19. 28 Seven groups of four Champion golfers with a combined 46 victories in golfs oldest Championship, compete in a four hole challenge, the winnings going to the charity of the winning team’s choice. (AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL)
Jack Nicklaus, left, and Arnold Palmer touch fists after Palmer hit his ceremonial drive on the first tee during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Arnold Palmer in Latrobe, Pa., on the eve of his 80th birthday at Latrobe Country Club.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer hits on the first tee for the honorary tee off before the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez share a laugh during a World Golf Hall of Fame press conference at the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge and Club. In the background is Jack Peter, chief operating office of the World Golf Hall of Fame.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 18: Golf legend Arnold Palmer(L) and his grandson Sam Saunders pose following a press conference for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 18, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders for GolfWeek. (Photo by Allan Henry / ahenry.com)
Arnold Palmer at the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open
Doc Giffin, Arnold Palmer’s longtime assistant, in the warehouse that houses tons of Palmer memorabilia in Latrobe, Pa.-(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Some of Arnold Palmer’s memorabilia in a warehouse in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer has a few shelves of his golf shoes saved in a warehouse in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Boxes of Arnold Palmer’s hats from over the years sit on shelves in a warehouse near Latrobe Country Club, in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
The walls of Arnold Palmer’s warehouse in Latrobe, Pa., are covered with a variety of memorabilia.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
An old pin in Arnold Palmer’s collection of memorabilia at a warehouse in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
A section of shelves are lined with old film of Arnold Palmer in his warehouse in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Banners line the streets of downtown Latrobe, Pa., where Arnold Palmer grew up.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer in his workshop in Latrobe, Pa., on the eve of his 80th birthday at Latrobe Country Club.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer’s personal golf cart parked outside his office in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer practices his throwing skills at his office in Latrobe, Pa. Palmer will throw the first pitch at Chicago Cubs baseball game as part of his birthday celebrations.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer’s warehouse near Latrobe Country Club in Latrobe, Pa.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer spends some quiet time in his office in Latrobe, Pa. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Arnold Palmer in his trophy room with his dog Mulligan in Latrobe, Pa. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Sammy LeBlond, center, follows along with his grandfather, President Bush, and golf legend Arnold Palmer, left, during a round on Aug. 24,1991 at the Cape Arundel Golf Course in Kennebunkport,Maine. Palmer flew in for an overnight visit with the President at his Walkers Point vacation home. At right is unidentified caddy. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
19 Mar 2000: Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer holds the trophy after the Bay Hill Invitational at the Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
Arnold Palmer presents Kenny Perry with the winner’s trophy on the 18th green after the final round at the Bay Hill Invitational March 20, 2005 in Orlando. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 14: Arnold Palmer of the USA holds the new trophy that the players will compete for at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, presented by Mastercard, on the championship course at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, on March 14, 2007, in Orlando Florida, United States. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Arnold Palmer
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 07: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and William Porter Payne (L-R) the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, pose on the first tee prior to starting the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, left, stands with 1997 Bay Hill Invitational golf tournament champion Phil Mickelson and his trophy on the 18th green Sunday afternoon March 23, 1997 in Orlando, Fla. Mickelson won the tournament with a four day total of 16-under-par 272. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Palm City, Fla.–02/03/13–Arnold Palmer jokes with his playing partners during the Devon Quigley Pro-Am at the Floridian. Proceeds from the event are going to benefit the Devon Quigley Special Needs Trust.–(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)
Tiger Woods, left, jokes with Arnold Palmer after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)