BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Golfing legend Arnold Palmer has died. Golfweek reports the news confirmed by a source close to the Palmer family. He was 87.
Golf Digest broke the news on Sunday evening on social media.
Palmer won seven major tournaments during his lengthy career, claiming The Masters title four times, in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964. He also won the U.S. Open once and the British Open twice.
While he’s never won the PGA Championship, finishing in second place three times, he did win the PGA Tour 62 times.
The Hollywood Reporter says Palmer appeared noticeably more frail back in March when he served as host of his annual PGA tournament held at his Bay Hill Club & Lodge outside Orlando. He had announced a few days earlier that he would no longer hit the ceremonial first tee shot at The Masters, which he had done every year since 2007.
He wowed and dazzled audiences, charmed the crowds with his charisma, and was the best-known promoter of the sport. He become known for his give-it-all-you-got swing style.
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. To countless others, he became known for his eponymous drink consisting of equal parts iced tea and lemonade.
He maintained residences in Orlando, and outside of Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his two daughters, Amy and Peggy Palmer, and wife Kathleen Gawthrop.