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Arnold Palmer dead: The golf great as remembered by Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, more

Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sept. 25, 2016; he was 87.

Across those nearly nine decades, Palmer -- who first hit the golf course at age 4 -- made his mark both on the course and off.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the USGA said on Twitter.

Here, he is remembered by celebrities, many of whom called him a friend.

Jack Nicklaus, golfer

Tweeting a letter about his longtime friend, Nicklaus wrote,
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Tweeting a letter about his longtime friend, Nicklaus wrote, in part: "He was one of my best friends, closest friends, and he was for long, long time. I will miss him greatly.

"Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or a even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. ... We were great competitors, who loved competing against each other, but we were always great friends along the way. Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed.

"He was the king of our sport and always will be."

Pictured: Palmer and Nicklaus, right, attend the ceremonial tee-off to start the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2016, in Augusta, Ga.

George W. Bush, former president

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"For all who love the game of golf and love to see it played, there has never been a sight quite like Arnold Palmer walking down the fairway toward the 18th green. The announcer Vin Scully once said, 'In a sport that was high society, Arnold Palmer made it "High Noon." ' Laura and I are saddened by Arnie's death and send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow fans. He was a great American whose friendship -- and swing thoughts -- will be missed," former President George W. Bush said on Facebook.

Pictured, Bush before presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Palmer on June, 23, 2004.

Dustin Johnson, golfer

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"Mr. Palmer was truly one of golf's greatest icons. His legacy will live on. #RIPTheKing," tweeted Dustin Johnson, pictured.

Rory McIlroy, golfer

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"Arnold Palmer meant an awful lot to me. Not just to me, but i think to everyone that plays this game, every player that's here, that plays on tour. He did so much for the game of golf, at a time when golf needed him, in the '60s and '70s, he brought golf to the masses. And he leaves a legacy that no one else in any other sport, I think, can leave," McIlroy told ESPN on Sept. 25, 2016.

Rickie Fowler, golfer

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"Legends never will live on forever Arnie... I will never forget the bear hug in front of the clubhouse at Augusta, to watching you hit your final tee shot there, and to spending time with you in the locker room at Bay Hill...thank you for being you and giving me the opportunity to do what I get to do everyday! I love you as did everyone! RIP The KING!!" Rickie Fowler posted on Twitter.

Tiger Woods, golfer

On Sept. 10, 2016, Tiger Woods tweeted a
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On Sept. 10, 2016, Tiger Woods tweeted a "happy 87th" and thanked Arnold Palmer for "25 years of friendship." On Sept. 25 after Palmer's death was announced, Woods said, in two tweets: "Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend. It's hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King."

Pictured, Palmer and Woods during the Par 3 contest at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 7, 2004.

Darius Rucker, musician

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"Today I lost a good friend and the world lost a legend. I miss u already Arnie. My love goes to the Palmer family. The world lost a great man today. RIP Arnold Palmer!!!" musician Darius Rucker tweeted.

Alfonso Ribeiro, actor

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"Golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away today. He will be truly missed. I played in his Saturday group at bay hill one time and he praised me for my game as he watched me hit balls at the range. A moment I will never forget," actor Alfonso Ribeiro said on Instgram.

Pictured, Ribeiro plays his tee shot on the 13th hole during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 12, 2016, in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Jason Day, golfer

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"So sad to hear Mr. Palmer has passed away. He touched us all and was an incredible role model. The KING," Jason Day tweeted."

Pictured: Palmer and Day with Day's wife, Ellie, and children Dash and Lucy, following the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.


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