Sunday night, one of golf's all-time greats, Arnold Palmer, passed away in the hospital in Pittsburgh, PA about fifteen days after his 87th birthday. The cause of death was related to a heart disease and Palmer was admitted to the hospital over the weekend and was scheduled to receive surgery for it yesterday morning.
Unfortunately he passed hours before the surgery was scheduled to take place last night. For Golf fans, and sports fans in general, Arnold Palmer was a national icon. Palmer rose to prominence in the 1960s to form a part of what was considered to be the big three of golf along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
During this time period, the three of them revolutionized the popularity of the game into the mainstream culture of America. During his career which lasted from 1954-1980, Palmer won seven majors including four Masters. During the height of his career in the 1960s, he often faced off against Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in many exciting showdowns.
Additionally, he competed on six Ryder cup teams and was captain of the 1963 Ryder Cup team.
After his successful playing career, Palmer went on the senior tour in 1980 and raised it's popularity level significantly. He won 10 tournaments in his years on the senior tour and five senior tour majors. Palmer has also become an icon outside of the golf world, with his famous Arnold Palmer Half and Half. I personally am a major fan of this particular beverage and often enjoy it on the golf course (a very fitting setting for it). Palmer will certainly be missed throughout the country and we at BBS wish his family all the best.
By Spencer Roush