Love, Clarke changing opening ceremony speeches after Palmer passing


CHASKA, Minn. – Arnold Palmer continues to be on the minds of all players here at the Ryder Cup. And will continue to be for the rest of the week.

U.S. captain Davis Love said Tuesday that he’s rewriting many parts of his speech for Thursday’s opening ceremony.

“I’ve got to change the tone,” Love said Tuesday at Hazeltine.

European captain Darren Clarke has done the same.

Palmer’s memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday in his beloved Latrobe, Pa. While it’s great that service is after the Ryder Cup so players can attend, it also means that hearts will remain heavy.

Love said Tuesday that he and Clarke are both working on arrangements for their team members who would like to attend Palmer’s service next week.

“We’re planning cars and flights to a funeral that we really don’t want to go to,” Love said, realizing how emotional it will be. “It will always be in the front of our minds, the back of our minds, but the guys are still out there working hard, preparing, getting ready to play.”