2017 US Open 18th hole flag is a special Arnold Palmer tribute
Featured U.S. Open

2017 US Open 18th hole flag is a special Arnold Palmer tribute

via Shane Bacon/Twitter

The 18th hole flag on Father's Day Sunday at the 2017 US Open is a tribute to one of the USGA's most important champions, Arnold Palmer.

On the final hole at Erin Hills, the typical US Open flag has been replaced with a red flag that is in the silhouette of Arnold Palmer when he won the 1960 US Open at Cherry Hills in Colorado as part of an epic final-day battle with then-amateur Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.

Palmer overcame a seven-shot deficit entering the final round to win his one and only US Open title. He won four Masters titles and two Open Championship titles to pull together his seven-major record.

Palmer died in September 2016 at the age of 86, with this US Open marking the first time the national championship will be played without Palmer alive to enjoy it.

About the author


Golf News Net

We use the Golf News Net byline sometimes just to change things up. But, it's one of us humans writing the story, we promise.

Sometimes we post sponsored content from this account, and it is labeled as such.

We also occasionally include links to products and services from merchants of our choice. GNN may earn a commission from sales generated by those links. See more in GNN's affiliate disclosure.