Arnold Palmer, center, with two other giants of golf, Jack Nicklaus, left, and Gary Player at the ceremonial first tee before the first round of the Masters in Augusta, Ga., in April. Palmer died at the age of 87, the USGA said Sunday. AP

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, the pants-hitching, chain-smoking son of a greenskeeper who helped transform golf from an elite country club pursuit to a spo…