Arnold Palmer's daughter sends message after golf legend dies at age 87

Player, a nine-time major victor from South Africa whose career was intertwined with Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, said in a statement Monday that "Arnold was many things to many people and undoubtedly made golf more popular, but to me he was simply a dear friend for over 60 years".

Palmer, 87, died Sunday of complications from heart problems.

Nicklaus, who enjoyed a long, friendly rivalry with Palmer, said: "I wish I had another chance to talk to him, but I am so glad we talked a couple of weeks ago on his birthday, when he sounded great".

The focus of the golf world this week be on Hazeltine National for the Ryder Cup between hosts the United States and holders Europe and organisers have said there will be "touches" of Palmer tributes during the biennial team competition.

"One of the things that was great about Arnold Palmer and his design work, was he brought in the topography of the land, and included what the land was into his design", said Dakota Dunes Country Club general manager Eddie Carpenter. He was inspirational to so many and lived his life to the fullest.

"I was the little kid at one time that Arnold would rub my head and say hello and ask, 'How are you doing, son?'".

President Barack Obama tweeted about Palmer's death, saying: "Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others".

Slumbers says "his contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable". "He will be missed and forever remembered by all at The R&A and throughout the world of golf as a charismatic and global champion of our game".

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama spoke about Palmer's "homemade swing and homespun charm", and his on-course swagger "before we had a name for it".

"Along the way he racked up win after win -- but it wasn't his success that made him King". Our prayers go out to Kit and his entire loving family.

Nicklaus, 76, also spoke about how Palmer "transcended" golf.

During his illustrious career, Palmer won seven major titles and was recognized as much for his amiable personality as for his talent on the course. Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in an appearance that invigorated a tournament which Americans had been ignoring for years. "That never changed. He was the king of our sport and always will be".

  • Julie Sanders