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Jack Nicklaus, others share touching stories at Arnold Palmer’s memorial service

Golfer Jack Nicklaus spoke during a memorial service for Arnold Palmer in the Basilica at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday.
Golfer Jack Nicklaus spoke during a memorial service for Arnold Palmer in the Basilica at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., on Tuesday. The Associated Press

The memorial service for golf legend Arnold Palmer was held Tuesday in Latrobe, Pa., and it was attended by a number of golf’s biggest stars, including Tom Watson.

Palmer died on Sept. 25, at the age of 87. At Tuesday’s service, there were some heart-warming stories shared during the event, including ones from Palmer’s family, other golfers and others.

This was a funny story about how Palmer viewed going for the win:

This is a wonderful tale that Palmer’s grandson shared:

CBS announcer Jim Nantz asked the attendees to give Palmer one final standing ovation

Jack Nicklaus teared up while the talked about Palmer. “You don’t lose a friend of almost 60 years and not feel an enormous loss,” Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus also shared a story about how Palmer was looking out for his best interest even when the two were about to start a playoff at the 1962 U.S. Open. Here is more of what Nicklaus said:

Just days after the United States won the Ryder Cup, the trophy was delivered to the memorial service.

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