Davis Love III, the USA captain, dedicated the 41st Ryder Cup to the memory of Arnold Palmer after the golfing great’s death this week.
Palmer, whose ashes were scattered at his beloved Latrobe Country Club earlier in the day after a private family funeral, died on Sunday at the age of 87 and tributes have been paid all week.
A video montage was played at the opening ceremony and a moment of silence was held in memory of the seven-time major champion, who played on six victorious Ryder Cup teams and captained one.
“We have a captain working for both teams, our friend Arnold Palmer,” Love said. “Arnold was my captain 20 years ago at the Presidents’ Cup and he loved team play. His enthusiasm touched all of us. Arnold, this one’s for you.”
Europe’s captain, Darren Clarke, paid tribute on behalf of his team, saying: “We have lost a true legend. The thoughts of everyone of Ryder Cup Europe are with Arnold’s family at this time.”
Palmer’s close friend Jack Nicklaus echoed Love’s sentiments. “We all feel his loss and we dedicate these games to his honour,” he said.