The golf world paid tribute to an icon Friday morning, as the late great Arnold Palmer’s bag stood on Hazeltine’s first tee as players struck the opening shots of the 2016 Ryder Cup.
The bag bore the emblem of the 1975 Ryder Cup, in which The King captained the U.S. to a 21 to 11 victory over the Europeans at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Pennsylvania, a club Palmer co-founded.
Palmer, 87, passed away earlier this week, but his presence has been felt in Chaska, Minn., by players and fans alike.
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 30, 2016
Visitors to Hazeltine have been writing messages to the sporting legend on a public memorial, and fans channeled the emotion stirred by his passing into a spontaneous celebration of The King on the first tee Friday morning.
Check out the video of the first tee below.
— GOLF.com (@golf_com) September 30, 2016