After Arnie: How His Two Closest Friends Are Coping

With the Ryder Cup and its assorted dramas taking our attention during what should have been a longer mourning and celebratory period for Arnold Palmer, it may be a nice time to reflect more on the late legend.

Perhaps Tiger's struggles also highlight just how extraordinarily stable Palmer's life was and he couldn't have done it without the help of Doc Giffin and Charlie Mechum.

Jaime Diaz caught up with them following Palmer's memorial service and how they are coping with the loss of their pal.

Both men were in contact with Palmer either in person or by phone several times a week. Now both are struggling with a tremendous void. The man whose public presence could dominate a playing field or a television screen, and who left a legacy like very few others who’ve ever lived, is most intensely missed by those who knew him privately. has a nice page of Palmer reads, including a recent post on one of the final congratulatory letters he sent.

And if you're looking for a great Palmer keepsake, Golf Digest's special tribute issue really is a tremendous bargain at $13.99 (for The Open Championship images alone). Palmer's A Life Well Played is now in stores after having its shipping date moved up.