Arnold Palmer, whose superstardom helped make golf a TV-friendly sport, has died at 87.
Golf Digest disclosed the news of Palmer’s passing in a social media post Sunday evening. Per the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Palmer died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was admitted on Thursday to undergo a series of tests on his heart. A specific cause of death has not been reported.
During his lifetime, Palmer played The Masters for 50 consecutive years. His storied career included seven major tournament wins, including four victories at The Masters (in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964), two consecutive victories at the British Open (in 1961 and 1962) and one victory at the U.S. Open (in 1960). He was subsequently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (in 1974), and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (in 2004) and the Congressional Gold Medal (in 2009). He was also co-founder of the Golf Channel, which was the first cable network dedicated exclusively to one sport when it launched in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters and grandson Sam Saunders, who currently plays on the PGA Tour.