Arnold Palmer Dead: Twitter Reactions from Sports Stars, Celebrities and Public Figures to Golf Legend’s Death

September 26, 2016

The death of golf legend Arnold Palmer at age 87 has brought forth reactions on Twitter as sports figures, celebrities, politicians and public figures alike express their condolences, share memories and tributes. Here is a roundup of what is being said.

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The sad news broke late on Sunday, September 25 that Arnold Palmer had died awaiting cardiac surgery in a hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, according to CNN and numerous other news outlets.

Palmer, who was dubbed “the King” of golf was arguably one of the greatest sports figures of all time. When we think of the game of golf and how it has evolved to become one of the world’s most popular sport, much of that is attributed to Palmer.

As PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem put it, via a written statement, “It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no modern day PGA TOUR without Arnold Palmer. There would be no PGA TOUR Champions without Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel without Arnold Palmer. No one has had a greater impact on those who play our great sport or who are touched by it.”

Palmer rose to fame in the 1960s winning the U.S. Open in 1960. He went on to win the British Open in 1961 and 1962. Throughout his celebrated career he won upwards of a hundred championships including the Masters four times in total. In the 1960s his chief rivals were Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player; collectively, they were dubbed the “Big Three.”

As news of his death spread, many took to Twitter to react and pay tribute. Among them numerous political leaders including President Obama and former President George H.W. Bush as well as fellow sports legends in many disciplines from Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to Billie Jean King.

Here is a roundup of what is being said of Arnold Palmer and his legacy.

Reactions to the death of Arnold Palmer continue to pour in, as #ArnoldPalmer and #RIPArnoldPalmer remain trending topics on Twitter and many express condolences for the family even as they pay tribute to and share memories and appreciation for the golfing great.

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