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Arnold Palmer awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sports icon and World Golf Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday afternoon at the White House.

The award, founded by President Harry Truman in 1945 to recognize civilians for their WWII service, was reinstated by President John Kennedy in 1963 to honour distinguished service in a variety of fields including sports, arts, business and science. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honour.

Palmer, who popularised golf in the 1960s and had countless supporters as members of Arnie's Army, won 62 PGA Tour events and 10 Champions Tour titles among his nearly 100 worldwide victories. Palmer won seven major championship titles, including four Masters Tournaments. He played in his 50th and final Masters this year at Augusta National.

Palmer is one of a dozen distinguished individuals receiving the award this year.

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