Reaction to the death of golf great Arnold Palmer on Sunday at age 87 in Pittsburgh: "Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans — Barbara and I among them. We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed. He was the king of our sport and always will be." — Jack Nicklaus "He meant so much
On the day Rory McIlroy turned 10 years old, his father's gift to him was a trip to the Valley Links at Royal Portrush. "I was just in awe of him," McIlroy said. "My 10th birthday wasn't getting any better anyway, and all of a sudden I meet Darren Clarke." On Friday, just five days removed from winning the FedEx Cup and a cool $10 million bonus, the Europeans' most dangerous man and rejuvenated leader (two wins in four weeks) will tee off playing under captain Clarke.
Lately, though, the playground just hasn't been that much fun. Vin Scully had just finished saying goodbye to an adoring crowd at Dodger Stadium when word came in that Arnold Palmer had died in Pittsburgh. The images of a speedboat crushed on rocks were horrific to wake up to, and the tragic death of rising of magnetic young star Jose Fernandez seemed incomprehensible and yet so utterly final.