New Delhi: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) mourned the passing away of golfing legend Arnold Palmer on Monday.
Palmer, who passed away aged 87, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday (September 25th) afternoon, was a part of ‘The Big Three’ of golf during the 1960s, along with fellow American Jack Nicklaus and South African Gary Player. The trio is widely credited with popularizing the sport around the world.
Nicknamed “The King”, Palmer had 95 professional wins to his credit and was also a successful businessman and golf course designer.
His seven Major wins included four Masters titles in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964, the US Open in 1960 and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.
He played on six Ryder Cup teams and was the winning captain twice.
Uttam Singh Mundy, Director, PGTI, said, “We at the PGTI express our deepest condolences on the sad demise of Arnold Palmer, one of the sport’s greatest personalities. His passing away is a huge loss for the sport of golf. Arnold Palmer’s achievements inspired golfers across the world over the last several decades and his legacy will continue to live on.”
On Monday, PGTI members paid tribute to Palmer with their condolence messages. Here are some messages from Indian golfers.
Anirban Lahiri tweeted, "The world of golf will miss you Mr Palmer. Thank you for being the pioneer that you were. #TheKing"
Rahil Gangjee's Facebook post said, "Sad day for golf! Rest in peace Arnold Palmer. You have given us many users of amazing golf!"
Rashid Khan's said, "It's a big loss for the golfing world. I wish I could meet the legend once in lifetime. Condolences to the family."
Rahul Bajaj tweeted, "A legend passes away but leaves the world of golf with memories to cherish. #ArnoldPalmer"