Golf legend Arnold Palmer has died.
The 87-year-old, known as “The King,” won seven majors among his 62 PGA Tour titles.
Palmer died of complications from heart problems Sunday in Pittsburgh.
He was admitted to hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.
He is credited with bringing golf out of the country club and to the general public.
“If it wasn’t for Arnold, golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is now,” Tiger Woods said in 2004 when Palmer played in his last Masters. “He’s the one who basically brought it to the forefront on TV. If it wasn’t for him and his excitement, his flair, the way he played, golf probably would not have had that type of excitement. And that’s why he’s the king.”
Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements.
Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest earners in golf.
(with files from the Associated Press)