Cape Town - Legendary South African golfer, Gary Player, paid tribute his friend Arnold Palmer, who passed away on Sunday.
The US golfing icon died at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had been since Thursday while undergoing heart tests, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
More than a half a century ago, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player shared all four major championships and were then branded as the 'Big Three'. They became lifelong friends while remaining ferocious rivals.
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Player released a statement on Twitter which read:
"Vivenne and I woke up on the farm this morning to the sad news that our friend Arnold Palmer passed away peacefully last night in the USA.
I have so many vivid memories of our time together competing around the world, with our families, helping each other's charities and just being together. Arnold was many things to many people and undoubtedly made golf more popular, but to me he was simply a dear friend for over 60 years.
Of course, like anybody we had our differences but these never stood in the way of our relationship and I will miss him terribly. He could be difficult and demanding but also blessed with charisma, charm and patience. Arnold Palmer simply transcended the game of golf. He was inspirational to so many and lived his life to the fullest.
He had a slashing, dashing style accompanied with a knowing smile. He was loved by all even when they did not know him. He always made an effort, even when the odds were stacked against him. Our prayers go out to Kit and his entire loving family.
Muff, I will raise my glass and toast your life tonight my friend, and hope to be reunited for another round together in time.
Rest in Peace. I love you."
Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer (Getty Images)