Some of the golf world’s most celebrated players showed up for golf legend Arnold Palmer’s funeral Tuesday morning. The memorial service – attended by Palmer’s high-profile friends, family members and golfing greats like Tom Watson, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and others – was held at the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish at Saint Vincent College in Palmer's hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, golfer Jack Nicklaus, retired player Annika Sorenstam, CBS sports broadcaster Jim Nantz and Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders were among those who spoke about the life of the businessman and entrepreneur at the cathedral where Palmer often attended mass services.
Palmer, who was considered one of the greatest golf player of all time, died on Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh. He was 87. The golf course designer and humanitarian died from heart complications, according to reports. Never shy to talk about his health issues, Palmer was also a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997.
Palmer’s funeral service was attended by thousands, some of whom watched the memorial from the Robert S. Carey Student Center and Chuck Noll Stadium where a broadcast was streamed on a large screen. The golf guru’s longtime friend Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki told USA Today they were “determined to find a place for everyone” who wanted to attend the service and had been told by Palmer’s grandson Saunders not to “turn away anyone.”
Aside from winning 62 titles on the PGA tour, including four green Masters Jackets, two British Open wins and one U.S. Open Championship, Palmer was known for his love of blending ice tea and lemonade – which led to the mass production of the signature soft drink named after him. Palmer was also voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1964.
Check out a few photos from his memorial service below.