'The King' of golf Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Palmer captured seven major tournaments during his illustrious career, taking The Masters four times, the British Open twice, and the US Open once. Photograph: (Getty)
The cause of death was not immediately ascertained.
Palmer looked weak at the ceremonial first tee shot at the Masters in April this year, AFP reported.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the USGA said in a statement on Twitter.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1— USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016
Palmer established himself as "The King" of golf, as he was popularly known, from 1958 through 1964 when he won four Masters, one US Open and two British Opens.
Palmer's impressive style, and his celebrated rivalry with the American Jack Nicklaus and the South African Gary Player, helped popularise the game on television and he soon became a star.
(WION with inputs from AFP)