Thursday 27 April 2017

The US Ryder Cup team paid a very poignant tribute to The King of golf today

Golfer Rickie Fowler carries the Ryder Cup Trophy as he arrives for a memorial service for golfer Arnold Palmer in the Basilica at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Golfer Rickie Fowler carries the Ryder Cup Trophy as he arrives for a memorial service for golfer Arnold Palmer in the Basilica at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

After reclaiming the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 on Sunday, the US players were naturally very giddy.

They drank champagne, hugged, cried (Bubba Watson) and - Rickie Fowler aside - posed with their wives or girlfriends for a brilliant post-Ryder Cup photo.

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You would forgive them for carrying on the celebrations for a day or two as they bask in the afterglow of their win, but most members of the team were smartly dressed today for a sombre occasion.

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer passed away last week, and the USA team took time out of their victory tour to pay their respects to The King.

And, in what was a lovely tribute to a man who was unbeaten as a player and captain in seven Ryder Cup appearances, the trophy was present at the funeral, giving Palmer a memorable send-off.

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