Arnold Palmer's biographer explains why golf owes such a huge debt to him

Seven-time major winner has passed away aged 87

Arnold Palmer


Arnold Palmer's golf career was one of stellar success as you'll see when you look back at some of his Major victories.

The US golf legend, Golf Channel co-founder and seven-time major winner passed away at the age of 87.

Nicknamed The King, he also had an adoring fanbase dubbed "Arnie's Army" that followed his exploits as he excelled on the course.

Author and Journalist James Dodson, who wrote Palmer's biography, joined Off The Ball to remember a man who had as big an impact on golf as any other player.

"He loved to laugh, he liked it when you needled him, he loved to have fun. He was as transparent and as generous as anybody I've ever met. He shaped the modern game," he said.

"If you stop and think about this, after he broke through hugely in 1960 in winning the Masters coming from two strokes back to win and winning the US Open later that summer, he went on to create an empire and electrify golf and to bring more people into the game in the next five decades and raised golf's visibility and popularity five times over what it had been in the previous 300-400 years. This is a man whose charisma basically created the modern age of golf. And he was an everyman. Everyone could relate to Arnold because of his corkscrew swing, his friendliness and he loved his fans."