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Connecticut reacts to Arnold Palmer's death

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Arnold Palmer. (CBS photo) Arnold Palmer. (CBS photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Arnold Palmer is being remembered for the legacy he leaves behind.

Palmer, one of the greatest golfers to play the game, died on Sunday from complications due to heart problems.

Before becoming the Travelers Championship, it was the Insurance City Open.

Palmer's first PGA Tour win in the U.S. happened to come at the city open in 1956 when it was in Wethersfield.

"When he came around there was noise and excitement and people chased him around. He loved it, fed off of it," said Tom Benoit, of Wethersfield Country Club.

Benoit was just a teenager when he was caddying at the club back in the late 1950s. Benoit said Palmer was always the fan favorite.

"Some woman shrieked, 'Arnold Palmer, I need my picture with you,' and he drops practice balls, golf shoes, bag and says, 'honey, get over here, who's got the camera'?" Benoit said.

He'd win it four years later en route to a celebrated career.

He was a four time Masters champion and a trailblazer simply known as "the king."

He notched 62 PGA titles, seven majors and even had a drink named after him.

Palmer's father, a greenskeeper from Pennsylvania, taught him the game.

After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he returned to golf and won the 1955 Canadian Open.

Palmer is credited with raising golf's popularity in the 1960s, which included his own fan base, Arnie's Army.

He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.

Palmer is remembered for his philanthropy and as golfer Jack Nicklas said, "as a man who transcended the game of golf" becoming an icon.

Palmer was 87.

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