Arnold Palmer Dies At 87

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    Sep 26, 2016 3:58 AM GMT
    "Arnold Palmer — the pants-hitching, chain-smoking son of a greenskeeper who helped transform golf from an elite country club pursuit in to a sport for the masses, winning every major honor the game has to offer along the way — died Sunday at age 87, Palmer's company and the U.S. Golf Association said.

    Alastair Johnson, chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, told The Golf Channel — which Palmer co-founded, among his many successful business enterprises — that Palmer died Sunday afternoon from complications of heart problems. (The Golf Channel is a unit of the NBC Sports Group.)"

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/arnold-palmer-everyman-king-golf-dies-pittsburgh-87-n654161
  • Triggerman

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    Feb 11, 2017 5:51 PM GMT
    Arnie was a true champion. A guy that the masses could relate to. He did make golf, an obscure Gentleman's sport, into what it is today. he embodied everything America loves: A poor kid with talent, drive and ambition. Classic good looks, devil may care attitude, and the balls to back it up. Like John Glenn and those from that era, he defined what a man should be. Huge loss but not unexpected. My Dad is just like him and going strong at 82. Poor kid from Nebraska that started 3 huge companies but never put business ahead of family. That era is dying. Facebook, Elon Musk, ect. The new era guys don't hold a candle to the previous generation.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 11, 2017 1:02 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidArnie was a true champion. A guy that the masses could relate to. He did make golf, an obscure Gentleman's sport, into what it is today. he embodied everything America loves: A poor kid with talent, drive and ambition. Classic good looks, devil may care attitude, and the balls to back it up. Like John Glenn and those from that era, he defined what a man should be. Huge loss but not unexpected. My Dad is just like him and going strong at 82. Poor kid from Nebraska that started 3 huge companies but never put business ahead of family. That era is dying. Facebook, Elon Musk, ect. The new era guys don't hold a candle to the previous generation.
    I never followed golf but I heard a lot of great things about Arnold Palmer and what an outstanding gentleman he was to the general public. Never took anything for granted and always appreciative. That is a hell of a lot more than I could say about celebrities and wealthy professional people of today. Guys from that era put people before profits. Unfortunately today it is the total oppositeicon_sad.gif