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A portrait of American golfer Arnold Palmer pulling a driving iron from a golf bag on a golf course circa 1953. Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.
A portrait of American golfer Arnold Palmer pulling a driving iron from a golf bag on a golf course circa 1953. Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A portrait of American golfer Arnold Palmer pulling a driving iron from a golf bag on a golf course circa 1953. Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.
Arnold Palmer points to his name on the press tent scoreboard during the National Open golf tournament at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver June 19, 1960.Arnold Palmer points to his name on the press tent scoreboard during the National Open golf tournament at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver June 19, 1960.
Palmer Welcome Home Parade
Palmer Demonstrates Golf Swing
Palmer Masters Golf
Arnold Palmer, Golf
Arnold Palmer Tees Off As President Dwight D Eisenhower Looks On
Arnold Palmer lays his head on his golf bag while taking a break between shots during a golf tournament in 1961.
Palmer Masters Golf
Arnold Palmer, 1962 US Open
Arnold Palmer
On the Fringe Golf
Palmer Putts
Arnold Palmer, 1966 US Open
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer Las Vegas 1966
Golf Classic
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer Thunderbird Classic 1968
President Nixon with Sports Stars
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer 1974
Arnold Palmer
Palmer Announces Retirement 1980
Arnold Palmer Congress 1990
Arnold Palmer
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND ARNOLD PALMER AT PRESIDENTS CUP
Golfer Palmer looks at a statue of himself commemorating the 50th anniversary of his first PGA tour ...
Arnold Palmer
The Big Three Fundraiser for the Mountain Mission Kids
Congressional Golf Medal
Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare - Round Two
Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer laughing during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla on March 25, 2013.
during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.
MASTERS PALMER
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Arnold Palmer's Life in Pictures

Sep 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer died at 87 on Sunday in Pittsburgh. The golf legend won his first Masters in 1958, during America’s great post-war expansion. This ascendant era spawned the leisure class, which took to golf, Eisenhower’s favorite game, and to the couch, to watch new TV sets in their living rooms. Into this fold stepped Palmer, a champ so strapping that he didn’t just sell golf to the masses watching the final round on Sundays. Palmer, who ranked among the most important figures in golf history, won seven major championships and earned 62 PGA Tour wins.

Here, TIME looks back at Palmer's life in pictures.

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