On Sunday, September 25th the golf world lost its brightest star Mr. Arnold Palmer, he was 87 years young (1929-2016).
He was the most popular man of his generation; he single handily put the sport of golf on the map. In 2004 he accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He was nicked named “The King” because he was, lets face it, “The King” of golf.
He turned 87 on September 10, 2016 only a couple of weeks ago. His life long friend Jack Nicklaus had this to say about his pal shortly after hearing about his death:
“I just got he news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend- and that gold lost a great friend.
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. My friend- many people’s friend- just wore out. I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That’s what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.
I wish I had another chance to talk to him, but I am so glad we talked a couple of weeks ago on his birthday (Sept. 10), when he sounded great. So Barbara and I are just in shock and incredibly saddened. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to Kit, his kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and his entire loving family.
He was on of my best friends, closest friend, and he was for a long, long time. I will miss him greatly.” – Jack Nicklaus
Many of golfs best passed along their thoughts via twitter:
“Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend. Its hard to imagine golf without or anyone more important to the game than The King.” – Tiger Woods
“Remembering the special times I spent with Mr. Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered.” – Rory McIlroy
“Legends never die… you will live on forever Arnie… I will never forget the bear hug in front of the clubhouse at Augusta, to watching you hit your final tee shot there, and to spending time with you in the locker room at Bay Hill… Thank you for being you and giving me the opportunity to do what I get to do everyday! I love you as did everyone! RIP The KING!!” – Rickie Fowler
“It’s an honor to be a lockermate with you at ANGC. You inspired millions, change the game and will be forever missed. #arnie” – Jordan Spieth
We at Country Club Select want to pass along our thoughts to Arnie’s family and friends, he may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
R.I.P. The King.
I am so glad I signed up for Country Club Select, I’ve played some amazing courses and have met some great people.
Jim, St. Louis