Jack Nicklaus writes beautiful message to Arnold Palmer

Award winning golf course designer and Arizona resident Forrest Richard and the great Arnold Palmer (Submitted photo)
Award winning golf course designer and Arizona resident Forrest Richardson and the great Arnold Palmer. From Forrest: Mr. Palmer was always fun to be around and so very personable. It is the passing of a legend, to be certain. He will be missed by so many. (Submitted photo and comment)

By Luke Kerr-Dineen | USA TODAY

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer took on each other in their primes. Golf was Arnie’s when the younger Nicklaus arrived for the crown and the crowd — dubbed Arnie’s Army — couldn’t stand him because of it.

Rivalries like that often get heated. The two will share a mutual respect but will largely stay out of each other’s way. Not so with Arnold and Jack.

The crowd never turned the rivalry poisonous largely because Palmer wouldn’t let it. The two greats became friends, and so when word came down of Palmer’s passing at the age of 87 on Sunday, Nicklaus honored the King with a beautiful message on his official Facebook page:

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