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Among those accepting honorary memberships in the Tumba Golf Club were former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, soccer star Pele, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, track star Carl Lewis, tennis great Bjorn Borg, actor Sean Connery and former heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson. Mike Tyson and Pele were among those attending a crowded ceremony when the driving range opened.

During the Swedish Golf Federation’s centennial in 2004, Tumba received an award as the most influential profile in Swedish golf ahead of Annika Sorenstam among others.

“They laughed at me in the 1960s when I predicted that golf would become one of the most popular sports in Sweden,” Tumba once said. “But I was right. Anyone can play golf in Sweden, not only the wealthy.”

During his last years, Tumba devoted much of his time to the Sven Tumba Education Fund, a global project using sport as a catalyst to capture a child’s interest in reading and writing, teamwork, sharing and self respect. The Fund received support by FIFA, football’s world governing body, and it’s president, Sepp Blatter, in 2006.

Born Sven Johansson, one of the most common family names in Sweden, he changed his family name to Tumba _ a small town south of Stockholm where he was born _ in 1965.

During most of his retired life, Tumba lived with his wife in West Palm Beach, Fla., visiting Sweden only in the summer.

Tumba is survived his wife Mona and sons Tommie, Johan, Stefan and Daniel.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.