Ryan Palmer's first two rounds at the Barclays were gutsy and impressive for reasons well beyond the fact that he is 4-under through 36 holes at the venerable Plainfield CC.
Last week, Palmer’s father, Charles, was killed in an automobile accident a few miles north of his home in Amarillo, Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Palmer, whose full name is Charles Franklin “Butch” Palmer, was traveling north on State Loop 335 when his vehicle left the road for unknown reasons. Police said Butch Palmer’s vehicle rolled several times and that the 71-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. After the news broke, several players publicly supported Palmer on Twitter and certainly in more personal, private ways as well.
In a story on ESPN.com, Palmer revealed that his father taught him the game, and touched on several memories the two shared that involved golf. Responding to questions of why he decided to play the Barclays, Palmer said, "The last thing he would have wanted was for me not to play.
"Just go play the game that he put me in front of. Smile and have a good time. That's what he'd want. That's enough for me."
Palmer is currently sits comfortably inside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings at 56th.