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Arnold Palmer was exciting golfers and sports fans generally before I had ever heard of golf but I have tears in my eyes as I read the tributes. The man was more than a legendary golfer, he was a legendary sportsman, he was, plain and simple, a legend.

Strange, isn’t it, that a man who I didn’t know, that a man whose sporting highs were achieved before my time, or before I knew what golf is, that his passing should bring tears to my eyes and upset me so much. I guess it’s the beauty of his humility, his kindness, his work ethic, his stardom achieved by dint of sheer hard work and that “never say die” attitude. His zest for life, for living, so beautiful, particularly today in such an ugly world, we need these “can do” beacons of inspiration, hope and empowerment.

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practise the luckier I get”.

“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me”.

Sport has got its ugly sides  Р Arnold Palmer was one of its beautiful sides.

RIP, Arnold Palmer.

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