The original ”Big Three” will be together again on the first
tee at Augusta National next year.
Gary Player has agreed to join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus
as an honorary starter at the Masters. They have 13 green jackets
among them. The last time they were on the opening tee together was
in 2001, when they played in the same group over the first two
rounds. Next year, they will hit only one shot in a ceremonial
start to the tournament.
The tradition of an honorary starter at the Masters began in
Palmer first accepted the role in 2007, and Nicklaus joined him
in 2010. The last time the Masters had three honorary starters was
in 1999 with Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.