While Arnold Palmer's first passion in life was golf, he was also a fan of country music. While Vince Gill has a great love for country music, he's also an avid golfer. So when these two legends in their respective fields met one another, it was almost guaranteed they'd hit it off...and they did.
Gill and Palmer were close friends, and in 2009 Palmer was a special guest at Gill's The Vinny golf tournament in Tennessee. When Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal a few years later, Gill was there to witness it.
Because of their close relationship, Palmer's death on September 25 hit Gill especially hard.
Knowing how much respect Gill had for Palmer, his family invited him to sing at his memorial service which took place on Tuesday (October 4).
Before he started singing, Gill thanked the family for inviting him to perform. He also shared just how much he admired Palmer not only as a golfer, but a person:
"I just want to thank the family for the gift of the invitation to come here and honor an old friend. That 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 ever met."
Gill was visibly emotional as he spoke, but managed to hold it together as he moved into singing his tearjerking song, "Go Rest High on That Mountain."
To make the song more personal to Palmer, Gill changed some of the lyrics in the second verse. Instead of singing, "when they hear your sweet voice sing," Gill sang, "when they see your sweet, sweet swing."
Gill received a warm round of applause for his performance, and we're sure there wasn't a dry eye in the room when he was finished. You can watch him pay tribute to Palmer in the video below.
May Palmer rest in peace. He will be dearly missed.
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