Jack hits it out of sight
Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter at The Masters – and hit his ceremonial opening drive out of sight.
For the first time Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter at The Masters on Thursday – and hit his ceremonial opening drive out of sight.
Sadly, though, it was only out of his own sight.
The 70-year-old, record six-time Masters winner had not put his contact lens in for the shot and admitted afterwards: “I don’t have a clue where it went.”
In the event it was leaked right, just like Palmer’s before him, but both had achieved their main aim. They could not hear the balls land.
One of the traditions of the week drew a huge crowd to the first tee and the two legends were applauded all the way from the clubhouse to the first tee.
Nicklaus later said: “I’ve never been up this early at Augusta. I never had the tee at 7.40, but I’ve run the gamut now.”
Neither he nor Palmer wanted to discuss club chairman Billy Payne’s eve-of-tournament public rebuke of Tiger Woods for letting people down with his sex scandal.
Nicklaus said he had not read the comments, while 80-year-old Palmer stated: “I have no real comment except that I agree.”
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