It’s been a sad week in the golf world, as we learned on Sun., Sept. 25 of the passing of golf legend and humanitarian Arnold “The King” Palmer. Social and traditional media outlets have been sharing tributes continuously, and both 2016 Ryder Cup teams are playing in Palmer’s memory this week. And one of this week’s touching tributes was from a recent Ryder Cup article, where Team Europe’s Captain Darren Clarke noted:
"Our sport wouldn't be where it is without Mr. Palmer," Clarke said after he flew from London to Minnesota on Monday with the Europeans' 209-person traveling party. "He was obviously a very proud American, very patriotic toward the Ryder Cup. But more than that, he was a global superstar and he inspired people all over the world to take up our great sport. He was one of the first guys to come over and start playing in the [British] Open Championship and he persuaded all the other top guys in the world to play it. Mr. Palmer did an awful lot for the golf, our golf as we know it these days."
Regardless of which team you’re pulling for this week at Hazeltine, we’re all mourning the loss of a legend while, at the same time, looking forward to seeing some great golf in his memory this week as the long-awaited 2016 Ryder Cup tees off. To begin, on Thurs., Sept. 29, there will be a moment of silence for “The King” during the opening ceremonies. Both Ryder Cup teams will wear pins in remembrance of Arnold, and fans in attendance will receive keepsake buttons, featuring an “Arnie’s Army” logo created by the PGA Tour and the Palmer family. We’re looking forward to seeing Team RSM representing both teams – it’s a win-win! For the U.S., Team RSM Member Davis Love III (who is also host of The RSM Classic), is serving as captain. He will be joined by fellow Team RSM Member Zach Johnson. For Team Europe, RSM UK ambassadors Paul Lawrie and Andy Sullivan will both play key roles. While Andy will make his Ryder Cup debut as a player, Lawrie, who has previously represented Europe twice at The Ryder Cup, takes the role of vice-captain. We’ll certainly be tuning in to watch the coverage. What are your predictions?
Shifting gears a bit, The RSM Classic recently shared some exciting news: The Yamaha Golf-Car Company will sponsor the 2016 Pro-Am at this year’s tournament on Wed., Nov. 16. The Pro-Am will be played on both the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club at Georgia’s Golden Isles. (These are the same the professional golfers will play competitive rounds on during The RSM Classic.) The RSM Classic is also excited to partner with the St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival to bring a new upscale and fun culinary event to the Golden Isles during tournament week. “A Taste of the Golden Isles” will take place Fri., Nov. 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Simons Island Pier Village. Come and enjoy LIVE music and small plate tasting stations from the Golden Isles’ top chefs and restaurants while mingling with PGA TOUR Professionals and other celebrity guests. An assortment of exceptional wines, spirits and beers will be featured, as well. Make your plans today!
Before closing we wanted to share something fun about Team RSM Member Zach Johnson. Earlier this week a bronze statue of Zach was installed at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. How cool is that?
Check back next week for the latest updates about the 2016 RSM Classic (Nov. 14-20) and Team RSM.