Arnold Palmer, the links legend who once offered golf tips to President George W. Bush and who’s the namesake of the popular mix of iced tea and lemonade, died Sunday. He was 87.
Long before Tiger Woods, Palmer helped bring golf to the masses with an exciting go-for-it style that often paid off big time. Over his career, he won 62 PGA Tour championships, the last coming in 1973 at the Bob Hope Desert Classic. A year later, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Tiger Woods said, “Arnold meant everything to golf. Are you kidding me? I mean, without his charisma, without his personality in conjunction with TV — it was just the perfect symbiotic growth. You finally had someone who had this charisma, and they’re capturing it on TV for the very first time. Everyone got hooked to the game of golf via TV because of Arnold.” (USA Today)