The King is dead. There will be no successor.
No one else can make television discover golf for the first time. No one else can be the first to charm and swashbuckle the sport away from its snooty country club image and take it to the masses of both sexes.
No other golfer can put his name on the inception of The Golf Channel.
Arnold Palmer did all of that, and did it with a plain-spoken decency and humility that made him the most cherished figure in the game, even a half-century after he won the last of his seven major championships.
Truly, he was The King.
Palmer passed away Sunday at age 87 after a long period of declining health that included battles with cancer and a heart…