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Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

By Shawn Price
Golf superstar Arnold Palmer died Sunday at age 87. He had been in failing health for months. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/929d2e496d8b199072158b440d8e9737/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Golf superstar Arnold Palmer died Sunday at age 87. He had been in failing health for months. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Golf superstar Arnold Palmer died Sunday, the U.S. Golf Association said. The legendary player and TV star was 87.

Palmer, from Latrobe, Pa., was known for his go-for-broke style that led to four Masters titles, two British Open titles and a U.S. Open title.

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"We loved him with a mythic American joy," Palmer biographer James Dodson told Golf Week. "He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that's Arnold Palmer in spades. He's the defining figure in golf."

Palmer was a pioneer in bringing golf to the masses and in being the first golfer that people thought was cool.

"I used to hear cheers go up from the crowd around Palmer," Lee Trevino said. "And I never knew whether he'd made a birdie or just hitched up his pants."

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Palmer hit the ceremonial first tee shot at The Masters for years, but announced in March he would no longer do so and was clearly frail at his annual PGA tournament at his Bay Hill Club & Lodge near Orlando, Fla.

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