27-year-old golfer Rory McIlroy won his first ever major nearly six years ago when he took home the title at the US Open at Congressional in 2011. After that win, McIlroy, then 22, received a letter from late golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
On social media Tuesday, McIlroy shared that letter:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) March 14, 2017
That’s a pretty cool letter to receive from one of the most iconic figures in golf.
McIlroy of course won that major by shooting 16-under and 268 over the 72 holes — both of which were major records. He was named PGA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and has some work to do in 2017 to get back to that form. McIlroy finished in the top 10 in two majors last year but also failed to make the cut in the other two.
The Wake Forest football team will honor the late Arnold Palmer before its game against Syracuse on Saturday with a pregame ceremony. Players will carry a flag bearing Palmer’s famous umbrella logo onto the field as part of a series of tributes to the golf legend.
In addition, the Demon Deacons will wear stickers on their helmets honoring Palmer. The flag logo has also been painted at midfield of Wake Forest’s football complex in addition to all of the school’s other athletic fields.
Wake Forest announces plans for Arnold Palmer recognitions.
— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) October 6, 2016
Palmer played collegiate golf at Wake Forest, where he won multiple conference and NCAA championships. His statue currently stands outside the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex on the Wake Forest campus, and Wake Forest’s award for Male Student-Athlete of the Year is named the Arnold Palmer Award.
As we saw with a star NFL player paying tribute to Palmer with these cleats, the legend of the seven-time major champion is truly one that transcends the entire sports world.
H/T Dr. Saturday
Jack Nicklaus paid respect to Arnold Palmer with a statement sent out on Sunday upon learning of his friend and golf comrade’s death.
Palmer died at UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh because of heart complications at the age of 87. He and Nicklaus competed against each other — most notably during the ’60s — with Palmer winning seven career majors and Nicklaus taking 18.
In his statement about Palmer’s death, the Golden Bear called Palmer “a great friend” and a “fighter.”
I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016
Nicklaus closed his message by saying Palmer “was the king of our sport and always will be.”
Many other golfers have paid tribute to Palmer. You can see their tweets here.
Arnold Palmer was one of the most iconic figures in the golf world.
From being a Hall of Fame golfer and seven-time major winner to owning golf clubs and running events, Palmer was a legend and true ambassador of the game.
It was no surprise to see so many great figures in the golf game pay tribute to Palmer upon learning that the King died on Sunday at age 87. Here’s a look at some of the tweets:
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
(2/2) It’s hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 26, 2016
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) September 26, 2016
My heart aches with passing of the King…Mr. Arnold Palmer. What he did for golf cannot be measured. … https://t.co/FyLNENRzW4
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) September 26, 2016
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) September 26, 2016
Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday at the age of 87.
Golf Digest shared the sad news on Twitter, which was also confirmed by Golfweek.
Arnold Palmer has passed away at 87 years old. Rest in peace, Arnie. You are forever a legend in golf and in life.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 26, 2016
The King was a seven-time major winner and won 76 titles during his career. He died in Pittsburgh.
One of the greatest golfers of all time, Palmer also regularly drank half-lemonade and half iced tea, which later became a drink named after him.
Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi found out the answer to the age old question.
Politi asked a waitress who served golf legend Arnold Palmer his special drink at the Masters and found out the answer.
“He leaned over and said, ‘I’ll have a Mr. Palmer.’ Then he winked,” the waitress said.
And there you have it. The man with enough style and character to create his own drink — half lemonade and half ice tea — orders his drink just like the boss that he is. You can’t top that.
Now that this question is answered, I hope to find out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.
If you’re wondering how Palmer came up with the drink, this video explains it:
EA Sports has decided to add golfing legend Arnold Palmer to the cover of the latest edition of Tiger Woods’ video game. The cover you see above is for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, which still doesn’t have a release date scheduled.
According to EA Sports, Palmer has actually been in the 2005 and 2006 versions of the game, and users will be able to play as him in this version as well.
Keegan Bradley, Bud Cauley, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson are newcomers who will also be in the game.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler joined Woods on last year’s cover (in separate covers).
Tiger and Palmer seem to have a strong relationship. Tiger won the Arnold Palmer Invitational four straight times from 2000-2003, back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, and he won there in 2012 for his first tournament win in nearly three years.