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Gary Player Mourns His Friend Arnie: 'I Will Miss Him Terribly'

The 'Big Three': Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus.

Gary Player, who was both a friend and competitor to Arnold Palmer for more than 60 years, released a statement about the passing of The King on Sunday night at the age of 87. Along with Jack Nicklaus, Player and Palmer made up the original "Big Three," the irreplacable trio of stars that ushered golf into the modern era in the 20th century--and to new heights of popularity. 

Player wrote of his affection for his "dear friend." "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 wrote. "He could be difficult and demanding but also blessed with charisma, charm and patience. Arnold Palmer simply transcended the game of golf."

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