US sport’s legend Arnold Palmer, regarded as one of golf’s greatest players, has died at the age of 87.
Fondly known as the King, Palmer won more than 90 international tournaments, including seven majors.
The sporting great is credited along with his fellow American Jack Nicklaus, of attracting thousands of fans to the game.
Tributes to Palmer flooded in from the world of golf. Both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy took to tweeter to pay their respects.
Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 26, 2016
Remembering the special times I spent with Mr Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered. pic.twitter.com/qJQBpDWTWv— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 26, 2016
There were also tributes from the political arena, with President Obama writing, ‘‘Here’s to the The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others.
Palmer, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009, had reportedly been in failing health for some time and was admitted to hospital in Pittsburgh last week with heart problems.
Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold. pic.twitter.com/UlyfpIBOL2— President Obama (@POTUS) September 26, 2016