After Arnold Palmer's passing, many remember "The King"

They say he sold a million colour TV sets in the United States as golf went big on the small screen in the late 1950s and early 60s.

He says the funeral will be later this week and limited only to family.

"Arnold Palmer is The King of golf not only because he was a great player, but also because of the way he treated people". Palmer sounded great, Nicklaus said.

"I thought, boy, this is great babe", he said in an ESPN documentary.

Obama praised the late golfer's rise from a humble start in Pennsylvania to "superstardom" around the world. Just a few years after that, Palmer made a name for himself on Hilton Head Island when he won the very first Heritage Classic Tournament - Thanksgiving of 1969 - a win that still holds weight even nearly 50 years later.

A common man's champions, leader of Arnie's Army, signs of condolence and sadness were everywhere. "He left that aggressive style, that kids really like to play that style", said Kevin Tuck, Golf Coach at William Byrd High School.

Palmer most recent round of golf was played five years ago at the Pro Am at Quail Hollow. The pair did, three times over the years, and were impressed by Palmer's hospitality.

For 50 years after his last major championship, Palmer remained golf's most beloved figure, an astonishing feat he accomplished simply by being himself.

Pelley says "the fact he was loved and recognized by everyone across the globe, whether they be fans of golf or not, is testament to his charismatic legacy that will live on".

While covering Palmer's visit, Boller remembers an interaction Palmer had with a fan.

He was equally successful in business off with golf course design, a wine collection and apparel that included his famous logo of an umbrella.

Worldwide tributes continued yesterday for Arnold Palmer, the golf icon who died Sunday at age 87 as a public memorial was scheduled for next week in his hometown.

"His contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable", R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.

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.

One of the more pivotal moments in the history of modern golf - all sports, for that matter - was the handshake agreement between Palmer and IMG founder Mark McCormack to represent him in contract negotiations.

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