Arnold Palmer was one of golf’s greats both on and off the course.
His powerful swing, attacking approach and ready smile attracted millions of loyal fans known as ‘Arnie’s Army’ during his illustrious career, had celebrated his 87th birthday earlier this month.
Alastair Johnson, the chief executive officer of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said Palmer died in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon due to complications of heart problems.
A four-time Masters champion, Palmer had been unable to perform his customary role as honorary starter in April alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – the other members of golf’s ‘Big Three’ – due to a shoulder injury and looked frail as he was helped to a seat on the first tee.
Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said on Sunday: “His presence at Augusta National will be sorely missed, but his impact on the Masters remains immeasurable – and it will never wane.
Here, we take a look back at his remarkable career, in numbers.