(RNN) – Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, 87, died Sunday in Pittsburgh.
He died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he had been undergoing heart tests.
Palmer, one of the greatest in the history of golf, was known simply as The King.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1929, Palmer came by the game naturally as the son of a golf pro and greenskeeper who cut down some clubs and gave his son his first swing at the game.
“Hit it hard, boy,” Palmer recalled his dad saying. “Go find it and hit it hard again.”
Palmer broke 100 by the time he was 8 years old and the makings of a Hall-of-Fame career began to fall into place.
Palmer won 62 times on the PGA Tour and is fifth on the all-time wins list. He became the first person to win four times at the Masters, slipping on the famed green jacket in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964.
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