Nicklaus on Palmer: ‘He Was the King of Our Sport and Always Will Be’

October 4, 2016

Jack Nicklaus was among those who honored Arnold Palmer during Palmer’s memorial service at the basilica on the Saint Vincent College campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, and it was an emotional day for everyone involved.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, and several others spoke about The King’s impact, which went well beyond the game of golf.

“I may have had to battle Arnold’s Army early on, but I never had to battle Arnold Palmer,” Nicklaus said. “Today I’m a proud soldier of Arnie’s Army … he was The King of our sport, and he always will be.”

One of Palmer’s oldest rivals ended his speech with this: “Remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life; touched your heart. And please, don’t forget why.”