Justin Timberlake Pays Tribute to Golf Legend Arnold Palmer: "He Was Bigger Than the Game"

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"He won spectacularly. He lost graciously," the singer wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "And, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met."

When Arnold Palmer died Sunday due to heart complications, he left a profound impact on the lives of those who looked up to him, including Justin Timberlake, who paid tribute to the golf legend on Instagram.

"First tournament I ever played in... He looked this young man in the eye and introduced himself. You could feel the GREATNESS surrounding him," the "Can't Stop The Feeling!" singer wrote. "He defined what the modern athlete is. He flew his own plane to his tournaments. He STARTED a network JUST for the sport. He won spectacularly. He lost graciously. He was bigger than the game. And, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met."

Check out the tribute below.

 

First tournament I ever played in... He looked this young man in the eye and introduced himself. You could feel the GREATNESS surrounding him. I was in awe. A few months later, I ran into him on the driving range at Bay Hill with a pitching wedge in my hand and he sat and helped me with my swing (despite his best efforts, I still need all the help I can get...) He changed the game forever. He defined what the modern athlete is. He flew his own plane to his tournaments. He STARTED a network JUST for the sport. He won spectacularly. He lost graciously. He was bigger than the game. And, he was one of the nicest men I have ever met. I liked the game of golf when I met him. And, HE made me love it. Mr. Palmer, you will be missed by so many avid fans but you will forever be the remembered as THE KING. The definition of a LEGEND. R.I.P. Love, JT

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This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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