Ryder Cup captains vow to honour Palmer

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• Davis Love III and Darren Clarke vow to honour Arnold Palmer
• "It's like we're dealing with the loss of a family member" - Love
• Public memorial service due to take place on October 4


US captain Davis Love III has said his team will draw ‘inspiration’ from Arnold Palmer – as both sides plan to honour The King’s memory at this week's Ryder Cup.

The golfing world is still very much in mourning following Palmer's passing late on Sunday evening, with tributes flying in from across the globe including President Obama.

A video tribute and first tee ceremony are planned, while both sets of players are expected to wear a pin featuring an Arnold Palmer logo, and Love is hopeful this will spark a positive reaction from his team.
"We are definitely going to draw inspiration from his spirits" - Davis Love III

“It's almost like we are dealing with the loss of a family member, and that’s going to affect both teams over the next few days,” said Love.

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“Arnold is going to want us to put this behind us and go play, and it's going to be tough to do, but we are definitely going to draw inspiration from his spirits. We already had pictures of him in our locker room and team room, and we'll add a few more. He'll be with us forever.

“For a lot of us, he was our captain, as well, and will always be The King for us. It's going to be a different week for both sides, I think.”
"Our sport wouldn't be where it is without Mr Palmer" - Darren Clarke

The European team arrived at Hazeltine with flags at half mast in respect of The King, and Darren Clarke, the European Ryder Cup captain, also paid a fitting tribute to the seven-time major winner and his impact on the Open Championship.

“It puts into perspective a lot of things, but our sport wouldn't be where it is without Mr Palmer,” said Clarke. “He was obviously a very proud American, very patriotic towards the Ryder Cup.

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“But more than that, he was a global superstar, and he inspired people all over the world to take up our great sport. He was one of the first guys to come over and start playing in the Open Championship, and he persuaded all the other top guys in the world to come and play it.”

While Palmer’s passing may galvanise the US team further in their bid to stop a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup win, Clarke has said Europe winning the past three matches has no psychological bearing this week.
"I think it's irrelevant" - Darren Clarke

“I think it's irrelevant,” he said. “Each Ryder Cup is individual in its own rights. We have had different scenarios going on in past Ryder Cups and this is a totally different one where we're currently under the shadow of Mr Palmer's passing away.

“It's something that whatever happens this week, it will be another great chapter in the history of the Ryder Cup, and certainly one that goes along with honoring Mr Palmer, as well.”

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A public memorial service for Arnold Palmer will be held after the Ryder Cup at 11am on October 4 at St Vincent's College Basilica in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the chairman of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Alastair Johnston, announced on Monday.

A private ceremony for Palmer will be held this week. According to Johnston, the public ceremony will be held after the Ryder Cup so it doesn't overshadow the biennial event.

“The last thing he would have wanted was the whole golf schedule to be interrupted because of his passing,” he said.

Ryder Cup :: Your thoughts

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