The golf world and the whole sports world is mourning the loss of Arnold Palmer, who died on Sunday at the age of 87. Palmer, who was known as the King, was one of the most popular golfers to ever swing a club. His game peaked in the early 60s, but he was a presence in the game until a few months before his death. He not only made golf cool, but he also made pitching products seem easy and genuine.

One of the best that ever played

Although his stroke wasn't a work of art, Palmer was able to win seven major titles, including four Masters Championships, from 1958 to 1964. He won at least one PGA Tour event for a 17 year stretch.

He was a Ryder Cup staple through the 60s and even captained the team twice, in 1963 and 1975. He was one of the first stars of the Senior PGA Tour when it started in 1980. Palmer retired from competitive play in 2006.

In his career he won a total of 62 PGA Tour events, which ranks fifth all-time.

More than a golfer

Palmer was a very successful businessman, helping to launch the Golf Channel and also designed golf courses. He also did considerable charity work, including a children's hospital, and raising awareness about prostate cancer.One of the things Palmer was best known for was being a pitchman. He pitched a variety of products including Hertz rental cars, Cadillacs, Pennzoil, and Arizona Iced Teas Half and Half, a take on the Arnold Palmer drink he created which was half lemonade and half iced tea.

He was still raking in tens of millions of dollars long after he put his clubs away for good.

Palmer was also a pilot for several decades and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

The last few years

The King kicked off The Masters with a ceremonial tee shot starting in 2007. He did this every year until earlier this year when he was unable to take part, but still served as one of the game's great ambassadors as he sat there in a chair and watched friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their ceremonial shots to get the event started.

Palmer died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from heart problems.

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