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USA aiming to win in Palmer’s memory

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Jordan Spieth says Team USA are determined to win the Ryder Cup as they look to pay the ultimate tribute to the late Arnold Palmer.

Palmer’s passing was announced on Monday as the 86-year-old golfing legend died after a heart problem.

Today’s players have all been quick to pay tribute to the seven-time major winner, who is regarded as one of the true greats of the game, and Spieth says USA want to beat Europe this weekend at Hazeltine in order to honour the ‘King’.

“As Team USA, we’re all looking to do something to honour him this week,” he said. “We all learned a lot from him. We would not be who we are on and off the course if it were not for him.”

Spieth and Palmer shared a locker at the Augusta National course after his 2015 Masters triumph and the 23-year-old admits Palmer is an inspiration to him in the sport.

He added: “He’s just a man who has inspired me personally. I don’t feel worthy. He should have his own. I feel very fortunate to have something in common with him.”

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