US golfing legend Arnold Palmer, seen by many as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, has died at the age of 87.
Palmer died at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was reported to have been undergoing heart tests.
The United States Golf Association tweeted news of his death calling him “golf’s greatest ambassador”.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1
— USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016
Palmer, born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was the son of a groundskeeper at the local country club.
During a hugely successful career he won 95 tournaments worldwide, and is still the 5th all-time winner on the PGA tour with 62 wins, including seven major championships.
Palmer, nicknamed ‘The King’, earned thousands of fans known as “Arnie’s Army” and was instrumental in the marketing of sport, paving the way for other athletes to earn big bucks from endorsements.
Tiger Woods reacted to the news by tweeting, “Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.”
Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 26, 2016