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Vince Gill honours golfer Arnold Palmer at memorial service

Country star Vince Gill honoured late golf legend Arnold Palmer by performing at his memorial service on Tuesday (04Oct16).
Vince was close friends with the sportsman, who passed away late last month (Sep16) aged 87, and sung two songs at the church service in the golfer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
The musician, who performed with his wife Amy Grant at Arnold’s 80th birthday celebration seven years ago, played the Carole King song You’ve Got A Friend and his own track Go Rest High On That Mountain.
Before performing the latter hit, he said, “I just want to thank the family for the gift of the invitation to come here and honor an old friend. It means more to me than you’ll ever know. This man was my favorite person – not my favorite golfer – but my favorite person that I’ve ever met.”
Also in attendance were members of the recently victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team, as well as golfing legends including Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino.
Jack, who enjoyed a fierce competitive rivalry with Arnold during the 1960s, gave a speech honouring his late golfing contemporary during the service.
“Today I hurt, just like you hurt. You don’t lose a friend of almost 60 years and don’t feel an enormous loss,” he said. “He was an everyday man. Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.”
In a touching gesture, the members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team brought the trophy they won against a European team last weekend (01-02Oct16) along to the service.

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