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Late Arnold Palmer 'brought the star quality to golf'

Arnold Palmer, one of the titans of the golfing world, died due to heart complications on Sunday at the age of 87.

Palmer was the first golfer in history to receive the US civilian award Presidential Medal of Freedom and one of the 13 original golfers inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

EWN Sport reporter Carl Lewis explains that Palmer brought the star quality to the golfing world in the 50s and 60s.

He recalls Palmer's immense popularity, which led to a legion of fans known as ‘Arnie’s Army’.

His good looks, charisma and aggressive style of play captured a new audience for golf and brought popularity to the sport.

Carl Lewis, EWN Sport reporter

Palmer won seven major championships in his career, four from the annual Masters Tournament in Augusta which now commemorates him on the 16th hole, after he played there for 50 years straight.

Golf fans were also drawn by his decades-long rivalry with golfing great Jack Nicklaus.

But Palmer's legend extends further than the golfing world, after he gave his name to a signature drink of iced tea and lemonade.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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