The Latest: European Tour pays tribute to Arnold Palmer
File- This April 5, 2007, file photo shows former Masters champion Arnold Palmer acknowledging the crowd after hitting the ceremonial first tee shot prior to the first round of the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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The head of the European Tour has credited Arnold Palmer for making golf a truly international sport by playing the British Open in the early 1960s.
Palmer, who won golf's oldest major in 1961 and 1962, died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87. Palmer first played the British Open in 1960, finishing runner-up in an appearance that invigorated a tournament which Americans had been ignoring for years.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says ''without question Arnold's participation in The Open Championship in the early 1960s was the catalyst to truly internationalize golf.''
Pelley says ''the fact he was loved and recognized by everyone across the globe, whether they be fans of golf or not, is testament to his charismatic legacy that will live on.''
Palmer was made an honorary member of The European Tour in 1995.
Pelley says ''in this week of the playing of the 41st Ryder Cup in particular, we remember fondly his time as a six-time Ryder Cup player and two-time captain.''
Organizers of the British Open have paid tribute to Arnold Palmer for his ''immeasurable'' contribution to golf's oldest major.
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, says Palmer was ''a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport.''
Palmer died Sunday in Pittsburgh at the age of 87.
Slumbers says ''his contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable.''
Palmer won seven majors, including two British Opens, in 1961 and `62. He last played the Open in 1995, 35 years after his first appearance.
Slumbers says Palmer ''will be missed and forever remembered by all at The R&A and throughout the world of golf as a charismatic and global champion of our game.''