When former PGA Champion Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday night at age 87, the world lost one of its most beloved professional athletes.
Jack Nicklaus, former PGA champion, former student at Ohio State and Palmer’s playing rival, penned a heartfelt tribute to the late golfer whom he called “a great friend.”
I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016
In his written note, Nicklaus expressed the shock he feels in losing his friend, and how Palmer was bigger than the sport of golf itself.
“Arnold transcended the game of golf,” Nicklaus wrote. “He was more than a golfer or a great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport.”
Nicklaus won 18 major championship tournaments in his career and was granted a honorary doctorate from Ohio State in 1972.