Golf legend Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dead at 87
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Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87.

The United States Golf Association confirmed Palmer’s passing.

Our partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report Palmer died at UPMC Shadyside. He was admitted to UPMC Presbyterian Thursday to undergo heart tests.

Golf Digest Editor Joel Beall first tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. that Palmer had died. Golf Digest’s official account followed soon after.

The Latrobe native is regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history and began playing at the age of 3.

Palmer’s flair for the dramatic introduced the elitist world of golf to a blue collar audience. With a wagonload of trophies, he now receives an honor like no other.

He won the WPIAL and PIAA individual titles as a junior and senior at Latrobe High School in 1946-47. Palmer won seven majors, played The Masters for 50 straight years, co-founded the Golf Channel and was IMG’s first client.

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