Oct 4, 2016; Latrobe, PA, USA; Jack Nicklaus speaks during the Arnold Palmer memorial service at St. Vincent's College Basilica. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY NETWORK

Family, Friends, Golfers, Gather to Honor Arnold Palmer

Few have brought more to a given sport than golfing legend Arnold Palmer. On Tuesday, friends, loved ones and contemporaries alike, gathered at the Saint Vincent Basilica in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to honor the life a golfing titan.

Not that one would need a reminder to cherish their memories of Palmer — but an emotional Jack Nicklaus begged those in attendance to do exactly that.

The Golf World Mourns

Jack Nicklaus wasn’t the only familiar face from the golfing world to attend the private memorial service. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els also made their way to Saint Vincent College to say their final goodbyes to a longtime friend.

The United States’ Championship wielding Ryder Cup team was also in attendance. Rickie Fowler entered Saint Vincent’s with the Cup in hand. Fowler’s contributions helped the U.S. men bring home their first Ryder Cup trophy since 2008.


One of the most recognizable voices in the sport of golf, CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz, eulogized the fallen trail blazer. Nantz’ words offered comfort and assurance to grieving friends and family.

Palmer died at the age of 87 on September 25th from heart disease.

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