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Arnold Palmer , the king of golf, dead at 87

According to multiple reports, Arnold Palmer passed away at age 87.

Palmer won 62 PGA tournaments and seven major championships in a career that spanned more than 40 years. He also became a renowned golf course designer and a trusted advertising pitch man, helping sell products ranging from golf equipment to iced tea.

In 19958, Palmer rose to fame after winning the Master, a feat he would repeat in 1960, 1962 and 1964. He also won the U.S. Open in 1960 and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.

Palmer was PGA Tour player of the year in 1960 and 1962 and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1960. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Palmer retired as an active golfer in 2006, but continued to make ceremonial appearances at PGA events each year. His 62 career wins rank fifth all-time, behind only Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.