Jack Nicklaus won 18 Majors in his storied PGA career, more than any other man in history.
On Tuesday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Nicklaus talked about the greatest golfer he’s ever seen.
“He was the king of our sport,” Nicklaus said of Arnold Palmer, who died last week at age 87. “And he always will be. We competed in everything, from majors to endorsements. You name it, we likely competed for it. But if there was ever a problem, I knew Arnold had my back, and he knew I had his. You don’t lose a friend of almost 60 years and not feel an enormous loss. But remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life and touched your heart and please don’t forget why.”
The public service followed a private family one last Thursday. Palmer’s family asked that the larger ceremony take place after the Ryder Cup, to give participants and officials the chance to attend.
One of the best moments was when Rickie Fowler, all of 26, showed up with the Ryder Cup trophy, figuring it belonged in Palmer’s presence as much as anywhere else in the world on a day like today.