Palmer gets Masters go­ing 50 years af­ter first green jacket

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.

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