Golf’s saddest day occurred on Sunday, September 25, 2016 as we all learned of the passing of Arnold Palmer. As many have testified over the last 24 hours, The King transcended the game of golf and left an indelible mark on humanity in one of the greatest lives ever lived. He will be greatly missed.
Doug Ferguson encapsulates Palmer’s importance to the people for the Associated Press:
Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, “The King” died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.
Dave Anderson of The New York Times also opened with Palmer’s appeal to fans.
Arnold Palmer, the champion golfer whose full-bore style of play, dramatic tournament victories and magnetic personality inspired an American golf boom, attracted a following known as Arnie’s Army and made him one of the most popular athletes in the world, has died, a close friend said on Sunday, requesting anonymity to allow the family to make the statement. Palmer was 87.
Timothy Carroll of the Wall Street Journal got right to the point, but then highlighted Palmer’s rise with the advent of television.
Arnold Palmer, “The King” of golf, died Sunday at the age of 87.
Mr. Palmer came of age just as television was becoming a household item and he was largely responsible for making the game a spectator sport for the masses. Palmer’s go-for-broke playing style and everyman demeanor broadened the game’s appeal beyond the country-club crowd that had long been its primary audience.