Arnold Palmer Remembered During Memorial Service

Friends and family gathered to remember the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer in a beautiful public memorial service on Tuesday at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, not far from where the King grew up. The two-hour, 19-minute event was broadcast live on Golf Channel and ESPN.

One of the most touching eulogies came from Palmer’s grandson and professional golfer, Sam Saunders. He spoke about the man he and his family affectionately knew as “Dumpy” and shared some personal anecdotes, most notably the last phone call he had with his grandfather.

Others that spoke included Arnold’s biggest rival and best friend Jack Nicklaus, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. 

Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and some of the most decorated players in golf paid tribute to Palmer in his hometown. They even brought the recently acquired Ryder Cup as an ode to the legend.

After the service concluded, the crowd exited the church and gathered outside for one final flyby of Palmer’s plane as a tribute to the former pilot.

It was a fitting end to beautiful day and a beautiful life.


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