The Latest: European Tour Pays Tribute to Arnold Palmer

Posted:
NEW YORK (AP) — 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."