The Chirp: Arnold Palmer (1929–2016)

Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday at the age of 87. One of the most galvanizing players in the history of the game — it was no accident that his legion of clamorous supporters were referred to as “Arnie’s Army” — Palmer, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, dominated golf in the 1960s. At the dawn of the age of television, the rugged, swashbuckling Palmer transcended his sport as no golfer ever had, and become a uniquely American icon. When he finally retired for good in 2006, he had 62 Tour victories, including four Masters championships, two British Open titles and one U.S. Open crown. After the news of his death broke on Sunday evening, athletes from around the sports world took to social media to share their condolences for the passing of “the King.”

Very sad to hear the passing of Mr. Palmer… Rest In Peace to the forever role model, legend and The King! He will be missed #RIPTheKing — Lydia Ko (@LydiaKo) September 26, 2016

Like the rest of the #golf world, in stunned silence after hearing that #TheKing has passed. Mr. #ArnoldPalmer, thank you for everything. — Pat Perez (@PatPerezGolf) September 26, 2016