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Sky Sports pays tribute to the charismatic seven-time major champion, who has died aged 87. Affectionately known as The King Antworten

Revered as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Arnold Palmer became TVs first sports superstar. Bob Uecker Braves Jersey . Sky Sports pays tribute to the charismatic seven-time major champion, who has died aged 87. Affectionately known as The King, Palmer was an undoubted trailblazer of the game, becoming the first player to win $1m in PGA Tour earnings while his glittering career was defined by firsts.He was the first sports star to be signed by pioneering agent Mark McCormack, the founder of the International Management Group. Palmer was the first sportsman to own his own jet, which he often piloted himself, and he was the first winner of the World Match Play tournament as well as the first golfer to be awarded the Presidential medal of freedom. Arnold Palmer rose to fame during the advent of the televised era The world of golf would look very different if not for the man from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who is widely credited as being responsible for securing the status of the Open Championship. When he first played in 1960, he arrived as the holder of the Masters and US Open titles, but the tournament had fallen out of favour with many other American players.Palmer was trying to emulate the feat of winning three major wins in the same year - which had been achieved by Ben Hogan in 1953. He lost by one shot to Kel Nagle, but came back in 1961 to win his first Open title. The fan favourite won it again the next year, establishing it as an event that Americans both wanted to watch and play. Palmer persuaded many leading Americans to play in The Open But if there is one tournament that is synonymous with Arnold Palmers name, it is the Masters. Palmer became the youngest Augusta champion when he lifted the trophy in 1958, and left the tournament with both a permanent spotlight on his career and a dedicated fan following - Arnies Army.It was his legendary fights over this course as part of The Big Three with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player which further raised the profile of the sport, and it was clear the charismatic Palmer was a favourite among the patrons. Of his seven major victories, four of Palmers wins came at Augusta, in 1958, 60, 62 and 64.With so much history, it seemed fitting that he would end his major career on his 50th consecutive Masters appearance in 2004, but he still relished in appearing as an honorary starter alongside his formal rivals between 2007 and 2015, as did his loyal army. Palmers final appearance at Augusta earlier this year, watching fellow honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player Arnold is the reason golf enjoys the popularity it does today, Nicklaus once said of his former rival. He made golf attractive to the television-viewing public. There never has been anyone like him before in the game of golf, and there probably wont be another like him again.The rise of a superstar Born in Pennsylvania, Palmer was the son of a country club golf professional. His father introduced him to the game of golf, shortening regulation clubs for his toddler son to learn to play, and by aged 11 the youngster was caddying at Latrobe Country Club.Success came early for Palmer, winning his first of five West Pennsylvania Amateur Championships at the age of 17. He enrolled at Wake Forrest College on a golf scholarship and won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, but then tragedy hit. Following the death of a close friend and team-mate, Palmer dropped out of college and became part of the US Coast Guard for three years. Palmer bowed out of the Masters on his 50th consecutive appearance in 2004 Returning to golf in 1954, he resumed form quickly and after winning the US Amateur in 1954, he turned professional that same year - as well as marrying first wife Winnie Walzer.During his rookie year on the PGA Tour he won his first tournament at the Canadian Open, but it was his maiden major victory at the Masters in 1958 that saw the birth of a true superstar.The 1960s were his most prolific years, and between 1960 and 63 he won a remarkable 29 tournaments, including seven majors. In total, Palmer won 95 titles, including the 1980s PGA Seniors Championships and the 1981 Senior Open. He also played in seven Ryder Cups, and captained the team twice, once as the last playing captain in 1963, then as captain 12 years later in 1975. Presenting Tiger Woods with the Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy. He hosted his own tournament from 1979 His full retirement came in 2006, but it was not how he would have preferred to end his career. He officially retired on the fourth hole of the Adminstaff Small Business Classic after becoming dissatisfied with his performance.Ive been doing this for a long time and, first of all, to stand out there and not be able to make something happen is very traumatic in my mind, Palmer said. The people, they all want to see a good shot and you know it and you cant give them that good shot. Thats when its time.The first sporting superstarThe Hall of Famer had many victories, but one of his biggest achievements was almost single-handedly establishing the commercial success of the game. Signing to college friend Mark McCormacks company in 1960 (now IMG) together they launched the idea of a sports person as a global brand.Winning majors, playing golf with presidents and featuring in adverts, Palmers endorsement earnings with IMG grew from $6,000 to $500,000 in the first two years. Presenting Tiger Woods with the Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy. He hosted his own tournament from 1979 Palmer had a head for marketing, and made as big an impact on the business world as he did in the world of golf. He designed over 300 golf courses, was co-founder of the Golf Channel and had various business ventures that ranged from automobiles to his love of aviation.A global success, Palmer has made more money off the golf course than he ever did playing, ensuring his mark on the world will last for many more generations to come.Golf may have lost one of its most beloved characters but what is in no doubt is that the first sporting superstars name will live on through memories, history books, and forever as the combination of iced tea and lemonade. Also See: Ryder Cup latest news Europes Ryder Cup qualifiers 2014 Ryder Cup recap Golf live on Sky Sports Dansby Swanson Braves Jersey . The 36-year-old said a few months ago he would hang up his boots at the end of the season, but has since changed his mind. "Its a pity the season is ending now, as I am in good physical shape and enjoying myself," Di Natale said. Greg Maddux Jersey . You can watch the game on TSN at 7pm et/4pm pt and listen to the game on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal. After starting the month of November on an 0-3-1 slide, the Canadiens have recorded wins in three of their last five outings (3-1-1). .com) - The Grand Slam season will get underway Monday at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where a new champion will be crowned this year.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Over their 13 seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have wilted at the finish a lot of times. They did again on Tuesday night, giving up a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation. But they more than made up for it later. Ryan Johansen took a stretch pass from James Wisniewski and scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, tying a franchise record for wins. "It could have been one of those oh-no moments," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of the Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larssons tying goal with just 14.6 seconds left in regulation. "But credit to the guys. We went out and found a way to win." When Johansen, a 21-year-old, notched his 32nd goal, a roaring crowd of 16,289 was so loud it was deafening. "I was sitting on the bench just admiring it," Johansen said with a grin. "It was loud. It was pretty cool to watch. Its great we could finish it out for them and make them even happier." Not only did Johansens goal provide the Blue Jackets 41st victory to match their most, but it also pushed them even closer to a spot in the playoffs. They retain the second wild-card spot in the East and moved just two points back of third-place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division. "It was huge for us," said Blake Comeau, who had given the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead with just over 6 minutes left. "Everyone knew how important these points are this time of year. We could let off the gas and gotten down on ourselves after that late goal. But the guys did a great job of rallying." The Blue Jackets improved to 41-31-7, matching the victory total set in 2008-09 -- the only time the club has made the playoffs. Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves, Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu also had goals and Artem Anisimov added two assists for Columbus, which heads out on the road to close the regular season. "We go on this three-game road trip now feeling a little better about our game and ourselves," Johansen said. The Blue Jackets had taken a 3-2 lead with 6:18 left when Comeau pulled up on a rush and snapped off a shot from the top of the left circle that got past goaalie Thomas Greiss. Phil Niekro Jersey. "I just tried to fire it on net, to be honest, as hard as I could," Comeau said. With the crowd cheering every play down the stretch, the Coyotes silenced them by tying it. Ekman-Larsson circled at the point and ripped a shot that flew through heavy congestion in front to get past a surprised Bobrovsky. "(Mike Ribeiro) got it up to me and I just walked the line and tried to shoot the puck and I was lucky it went in," Ekman-Larsson said after his 15th of the season. After a Phoenix turnover, Wisniewski sent a long pass to Johansen who raced in from the left wing with one defender back and tucked a hard wrist shot inside the far post against Greiss, who had 26 saves. "It was a roller-coaster," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "Our effort was really strong. Our execution, well, it was a choppy game. A team would turn over the puck and the other team would score and get the advantage." Martin Erat and Shane Doan also had goals for the Coyotes, who have lost five in a row (0-2-3). They came in with 86 points, just a point back of Dallas which holds the second wild-card spot in the West. "It was a nice shot by their guy," Doan said. "This is a tough place to play. Bobrovsky is a great goalie. They have some great young players who go to the net hard and they play hard. We wanted to find ways to get to the net and we did. We just needed to make one more play." In the end, Columbus got the puck onto the stick of the right guy. "We got one of our most talented players in a position to make a play," Richards said. "And he made the play." Notes: After the game, Columbus left for a game at Dallas on Wednesday for the resumption of a suspended game from last month, then will play back-to-back games at Tampa Bay and Florida on Friday and Saturday. ... Nathan Horton played one shift in the second period for the Blue Jackets after missing four games and then left with an apparent recurrence of a lower-body injury. ... Phoenix RW Radim Vrbata assisted on Erats goal to reach 50 points in a season for the third time (07-08, 11-12). ... Erat has 17 goals and 42 assists in 62 career games against Columbus. 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