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Big names pay respects to Arnold Palmer

By Adam McKendry

Published 05/10/2016

Tribute: Golfers Bubba Watson (right) and Rickie Fowler arrive at the memorial service for Arnold Palmer in Pennsylvania with the Ryder Cup
Tribute: Golfers Bubba Watson (right) and Rickie Fowler arrive at the memorial service for Arnold Palmer in Pennsylvania with the Ryder Cup

Golf's biggest stars all turned out to celebrate the life of one of the game's greats at a memorial service for Arnold Palmer in his home town of Latrobe in Pennsylvania.

The service was held at the basilica at St Vincent's College where Palmer, who passed away from natural causes on Sunday, September 25, often took Sunday mass.

The winning USA Ryder Cup team were in attendance to hear Palmer's great friend Jack Nicklaus give a touching speech in memory of the man he so often competed against, while PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, former LPGA Tour commissioner and long-time friend Charlie Meacham and LPGA Tour star Annika Sorenstam also spoke at the service.

In a fitting tribute to Palmer, who was an avid aviator for 55 years, his private plane was flown above his home town carrying his ashes in a farewell flyover.

After the service, Palmer's ashes were scattered near the 10th tee box at Latrobe Country Club, where his wife Winnie's ashes were spread 17 years ago.

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