After watching some of the most brilliant golf ever last night this was a sad thing to wake up to.
The professional game owes a lot to this man.
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, vodka in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO what a ride!"
I remember well the Big 3 golf series featuring Arnie, big Jack and Gary Player. "Arnie's Army " used to love his flamboyant style and often unpredictable play. He was a great Champion on the course and a perfect gentleman off it. RIP Arnie, yet another of my boyhood heroes has sadly departed.
Very sad to hear the news, but simply the march of time, at least he wasn't taken as early as Seve.
Only time I saw him play was at my first Open, at Carnoustie in 1968. Followed him on the last day (Saturday back then), he was always a few shots off the leaders, but I remember him in particular playing the short 8th. A very poor tee shot left him short and right with a bunker to negotiate. We expected him to lay it stiff, even out of the rough, but he fluffed it right in and there was a stunned silence from the gallery. Then a very average recovery and 2 putts for a double-bogey.
He shot a 77, the worst of the top 12 and finished 8 shots behind. His prize money was £402!! And no, I don't have a photographic memory, Wiki is wonderful for stuff like this.
But in spite of seeing him play, shall we say, not at his best, there was an aura about him, exciting to watch and as a young lad I felt privileged to have seen such a man play, even poorly.