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Arnold Palmer hadde enorm betydning for golfens popularitet

Kongen er død
Arnold Palmer "The King" er gått bort. Han ble 87 år gammel.

Den ubestridte kongen av golf, Arnold Palmer, vil bli husket som den som har betydd mest for utviklingen av sporten noen sinne.

Han fikk amerikanere og atskillige millioner rundt om i verden til å få øynene opp for golf. Ingen har betydd mer for golf enn han.

Frank Beard uttalte en gang at spillerne skylder 80 cent av hver dollar de tjener til Arnold Palmer.

Han var en publikumsmagnet av dimensjoner. Golfsporten hadde ikke vært den samme uten Arnold Palmer.

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Golf Digest har en god oppsummering om Arnold Palmer:

"He looked like an athlete, a prizefighter, a middleweight. He opened golf's windows and let in some air. He lifted a country-club game, balanced it on his shoulders, carried it to the people and made it a sport. He won big. He lost big. People who didn't follow golf followed him. People who hated golf loved him. He was photogenic in the old newspapers. He was telegenic in the new medium. He was the most asked question called into the night desks on weekends: "What did Palmer do today?"   

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Her er en søt, liten historie hentet fra ovennevnte link:

Roger Maltbie
Golf Digest, September 1999

The first professional golf tournament I ever saw was the old Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. I was 11 years old, and my parents took me to see the event. From the street above Pebble Beach, there’s a curved walkway down to the first tee. It was a gray morning that’s so common there at Pebble Beach. I was an Arnold Palmer fan. As we came down that walkway, Arnold was standing on the first tee, and, like a spotlight, there was a beam of light on Arnold. Everybody else was in the gray. It was as though it was a stage set.

Off we went to follow Arnold. This was ’63 or ’64, and Arnold was the biggest star in the game. Huge gallery. I get separated from my parents. I’m nervous. I’m lost. There are a lot of people. Now what do I do? So, I’m behind the second tee, waiting for Arnold to tee off. He had looked at me a couple of times, and I guess he could tell I was very nervous. After he teed off, he came over to me and said, “Are you OK, son?” I said, “I’m lost. I can’t find my mom and dad.” He said, “Then you come with me. They’ll find you with me.” So he took me by the hand and led me down the fairway. We got about 50 yards down the fairway and my mom screamed, “Roger!” Arnold led me over to my parents and that was that. Then I got my butt blistered.

På sosiale medier hedres "Kongen" av mange bl.a. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Rickie Fowler, Darren Clarke, John Daly, Suzann Pettersen med mange flere: KLIKK HER

Dette skriver Suzann Pettersen på Instagram:
"I'll miss your stories, our laughs, your great words of advice, your thumbs up. You have been an icon to the world of sport , golfing world and to every fan out there! But also been someone i can call a friend ! A great inspiration. You cared, made me work harder, made me believe! I'll be forever thankful for our friendship and your advice along the way! Thank you Arnie #theKing

Jack og Arnie slik Golf Digest framstilte dem for rundt 50 år siden.

Jack Nicklaus, som hadde utallige tøffe møter med Arnold Palmer og ble en god venn, skriver dette i dag om Arnold Palmer:

"I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend—and that golf lost a great friend.

At this point I don’t know what happened, and I suppose it is not important what happened. What is important is that we just lost one of the incredible people in the game of golf and in all of sports. My friend—many people’s friend—just wore out. I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That’s what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.

I wish I had another chance to talk to him, but I am so glad we talked a couple weeks ago on his birthday (Sept. 10), when he sounded great. So Barbara and I are just in shock and incredibly saddened. Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to Kit, his kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and his entire loving family.

He was one of my best friends, closest friends, and he was for a long, long time. I will miss him greatly.

Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans—Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.

He was the king of our sport and always will be."

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