Return to Tour offers Palmer solace after father's death


EDISON, N.J. – In his first tournament back since his father was killed in a car crash last week, Ryan Palmer embraced the solace of the golf course on his way to a second-round 67 and 4-under total.

Palmer’s father, Butch, died Aug. 18 when his car rolled over on a highway near his home in Amarillo, Texas. Palmer said as difficult as the last week and a half has been, getting back to work helped, at least for a few hours.

“Inside the ropes it's been a little easier because I'm able to kind of get away and play with some ease and some peace,” Palmer said. “At night, it's tough sometimes when I'm alone. But you know, you try to just think about the good times and knowing he's peaceful and happy.”

As a tribute, Palmer is wearing a money clip on his belt this week from the Coors Cowboy Club, a volunteer group in Amarillo.  It belonged to his father.

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Although he started the postseason 56th on the FedEx Cup points list and could have skipped the first playoff start and still would have qualified for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, Palmer said he never considered missing The Barclays.

“He was one of those stubborn guys that the last thing he wanted was anybody standing over him,” Palmer said. “He didn't want to be in a box, he said, and everybody looking down at him. Not playing was really not a question.”