Tiger Woods led the tributes to golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who has died aged 87.
Palmer, who won seven major championships during his career and was fondly nicknamed ‘The King’, died in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died of complications from heart problems.
Johnson said Palmer was admitted to the hospital on Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.
One of golf’s greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as ‘Arnie’s Army’, Palmer brought the county club game to the masses just as television was coming of age.
‘It’s hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King,’ Woods tweeted on Sunday night.
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer (above, in April) died at the age of 87 on Sunday
‘Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs,’ he added.
‘Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.’
In 2004 interview when Palmer played in his last Masters, Woods said: ‘If it wasn’t for Arnold, golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is now.
‘He’s the one who basically brought it to the forefront on TV. If it wasn’t for him and his excitement, his flair, the way he played, golf probably would not have had that type of excitement.
‘And that’s why he’s the king.’