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Golf's 'Greatest Ambassador,' Arnold Palmer, Dead at 87

Golf's 'Greatest Ambassador,' Arnold Palmer, Dead at 87
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Palmer in 2011

Arnold Palmer, one of the most famous and accomplished golfers of all time, has died at 87, USA Today reports.

Considered the most accessible and telegenic pro golfer of his era, Palmer won 62 titles on the PGA tour through 1973, including four at the Masters, two at the British Open, and one at the U.S. Open.

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 symbolic growth."

Palmer was a noted philanthropist. His Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women in Orlando, Florida, has been open since 1989.

Palmer accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 from President George W. Bush.

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