Arnold Palmer, the first true superstar of golf, died on Sunday, September 25. By no great coincidence, that day was the last of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season.
Palmer did nearly as much for golf in the 43 years since he last won a tournament (1973) as he did during his playing days. His failing health has been public knowledge since last April when he was unable to join Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the ceremonial first shots.
Love and support, respect and awe, came from all corners of the globe on Sunday.
“Every touring pro should bow down and pray to Arnold Palmer, for what he did for golf,” wrote Chi Chi Rodriguez.
Palmer won 62 PGA tournament titles including seven Majors. He’s one of only three men to win the green jacket at Augusta four times – 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 – the others are Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Palmer’s own website was a thing of beauty Monday morning. A black-and-white photo of Palmer with his head down and the words “With Great Sadness, We Honor Our Beloved Arnold Palmer”.