Palmer gets Masters going 50 years after first green jacket
AUGUSTA— Fifty years after Arnold Palmer won the Masters for the first time, he settled over the ball Thursday morning and hit a ceremonial tee shot that went so far he never saw it land.
Blame that on the thick fog that settled over Augusta National.
“Fifty years ago, it went a lot farther,” Palmer said. “But the tee was a lot farther up.”
Itwas the second straight year that Palmer, a four-time Masters champion, hit the ceremonial first tee shot. The tradition began in 1963 with Jock Hutchinson and Fred McLeod, but therewas a five-year gap without an honorary starter until Palmer renewed it last year.
And in this new age of media at the Masters, even CBS Sports got in on the act, televising it live for the first time.