Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

PITTSBURGH -- Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87.

Golf Digest reported Palmer's death shortly before 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night. The USGA and several other outlets also confirmed the news.

Palmer was an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as "golf's greatest ambassador." He won several events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Palmer learned to play golf at age three, taught by his father the Latrobe Country Club golf pro. He was the winner of over 90 golf tournaments and is the first person to make $1 million playing golf.

“He was not only a great ambassador, but he brought golf to the forefront. He brought golf to the masses, basically," said Tom Wilson, the former tournament director of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Palmer is credited with bringing golf into the mainstream and making it popular with people outside of country clubs. Palmer's fans were known as Arnie's Army and followed him on the weekly PGA Tour events.

“He’s the king. That's the one word that describes him. It was always nice to see his face. He'll be missed in the game of golf," said PGA pro Charley Hoffman, a Rancho Santa Fe resident.

Palmer built a financial empire with endorsements and other golf-related ventures, including co-founding the Golf Channel.