Remembering golf legend Arnold Palmer

Amber Matsumoto

The right man at the right time, Arnold Palmer transformed an entire sport and, along the way, became an American legend. Palmer, one of the most famous athletes on the planet and a friend to presidents, kings, and movie stars, died Sunday at the age of 87.

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<p>Arnold Palmer poses for a portrait during a sponsors message video shoot for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Winnie Palmer Hospitalon February 27, 2015 in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) </p>
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Arnold Palmer poses for a portrait during a sponsors message video shoot for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Winnie Palmer Hospitalon February 27, 2015 in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

<p>Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player attend the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) </p>
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Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player attend the ceremonial tee off to start the first round of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer is pictured with his wife Winnie, holding the Claret Jug after his victory, surrounded by well-wishers, Palmer won the tournament with a four round aggregate of 276 shots (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is pictured with his wife Winnie, holding the Claret Jug after his victory, surrounded by well-wishers, Palmer won the tournament with a four round aggregate of 276 shots (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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<p>Golfers Arnold Palmer (L) and Jack Nicklaus (R). (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) </p>
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Golfers Arnold Palmer (L) and Jack Nicklaus (R). (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

<p>A picture of Arnold Palmer of USA (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
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A picture of Arnold Palmer of USA (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

<p>Jim McKay, center, interviews Billy Maxwell, left, Palm Springs winner, and Arnold Palmer, 1960 Palm Springs champion at the PALM SPRINGS GOLF TOURNAMENT. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) </p>
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Jim McKay, center, interviews Billy Maxwell, left, Palm Springs winner, and Arnold Palmer, 1960 Palm Springs champion at the PALM SPRINGS GOLF TOURNAMENT. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

<p>Professional golfer Arnold Palmer. (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) </p>
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Professional golfer Arnold Palmer. (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer is pictured standing looking out to sea with his putter in his hand (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer is pictured standing looking out to sea with his putter in his hand (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer plays a shot from a fairway bunker in July, 1961. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer plays a shot from a fairway bunker in July, 1961. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer with the Claret Jug in July, 1961. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer with the Claret Jug in July, 1961. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer during the backswing of a shot. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer during the backswing of a shot. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Golf great Arnold Palmer follows through after a tee shot at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia during the 1961 Masters Tournament. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images) </p>
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Golf great Arnold Palmer follows through after a tee shot at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia during the 1961 Masters Tournament. (Photo by Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer of the USA lifts the winning trophy. (Photo by Brian Morgan/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer of the USA lifts the winning trophy. (Photo by Brian Morgan/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer is pictured receiving the Claret Jug following his victory with a four round aggregate of 276 shots (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer is pictured receiving the Claret Jug following his victory with a four round aggregate of 276 shots (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

<p>Tiger Woods of the United States is presented with the trophy by Arnold Palmer of the United States, the win meant he re-gained the World’s number one position after the final round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Golf and Country Club on March 25, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) </p>
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Tiger Woods of the United States is presented with the trophy by Arnold Palmer of the United States, the win meant he re-gained the World’s number one position after the final round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Golf and Country Club on March 25, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer of the United States stands on the 18th green during the Champion Golfers’ Challenge ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 15, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer of the United States stands on the 18th green during the Champion Golfers’ Challenge ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 15, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer waits on a green during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer waits on a green during the 2014 Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

<p>Honorary starters Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus wait on the first tee at the start of the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) </p>
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Honorary starters Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus wait on the first tee at the start of the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer of the USA lines up a putt during the Ryder Cup between Europe and the USA at Murifield in Scotland in September, 1973. (photo by Don Morley/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer of the USA lines up a putt during the Ryder Cup between Europe and the USA at Murifield in Scotland in September, 1973. (photo by Don Morley/Getty Images)

<p>PGA Hall of Fame golfer Arnold Palmer leaves a press conference prior to the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 2, 2009 in St Augustine, Florida. Palmer is making the induction speech for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images for the World Golf Hall of Fame) </p>
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PGA Hall of Fame golfer Arnold Palmer leaves a press conference prior to the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 2, 2009 in St Augustine, Florida. Palmer is making the induction speech for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images for the World Golf Hall of Fame)

<p>Honorary starter Arnold Palmer hits a tee shot as Gary Player (L) of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus (C) stand on the tee box at the start of the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) </p>
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Honorary starter Arnold Palmer hits a tee shot as Gary Player (L) of South Africa and Jack Nicklaus (C) stand on the tee box at the start of the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

<p>Augusta National Golf Club chairman William Porter Payne (L) high fives honorary starter Arnold Palmer after his tee shot on the first hole during the start of first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) </p>
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Augusta National Golf Club chairman William Porter Payne (L) high fives honorary starter Arnold Palmer after his tee shot on the first hole during the start of first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer of the United States standing watching the golf beside the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Golf and Country Club on March 21, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) </p>
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Arnold Palmer of the United States standing watching the golf beside the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Golf and Country Club on March 21, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

<p>Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the 1994 U.S. Open. </p>
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Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the 1994 U.S. Open.

<p>Arnold Palmer of the USA waves to the crowd from the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open at St Andrews in Scotland. This proved to be a farewell from Palmer as shortly after the round he announced this would be his last British Open appearance. </p>
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Arnold Palmer of the USA waves to the crowd from the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole during the second round of the British Open at St Andrews in Scotland. This proved to be a farewell from Palmer as shortly after the round he announced this would be his last British Open appearance.

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