Palmer, Player, Nicklaus Continue Honorary Starters Tradition

By Jon Ackerman
Thursday April 10th, 2014 3:50 pm EDT

For the third straight year, golf legends Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus – with 13 Masters titles between them – served as honorary starters Thursday at Augusta National. It’s a tradition that began in 1963.

It’s always good to see “The Big Three” get out and swing a club, especially when they’re still competitive. The 84-year-old Palmer is due to soon undergo back surgery, so a drive reminiscent of his playing days was not expected. Lengthy tee shots weren’t really envisioned for Player or Nicklaus either, but the two still wanted to outdrive each other.

Nicklaus beat Player by a couple yards.

“But it’s not bad when you think he used to outdrive me by 50,” Player said. “But he did hit on a sprinkler. You didn’t see that?”

Tiger Woods, who will surely serve as an honorary starter himself one day, was watching – from home, unfortunately.

 
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