Report: Arnold Palmer will not participate in ceremonial start to Masters

The Masters will be missing a bit of its tradition this year. Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer will not hit the ceremonial shot at the first tee with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Golf Channel reports.

Palmer, who will attend the tournament that starts April 7, still is recovering from a December 2014 shoulder injury that has affected his ability to swing the clubs.

"I would love to go on doing it forever, but I don’t have the physical capability to hit the shot the way I would want to hit it," Palmer said, according to The Associated Press. "So we’ll have to be content to watch." 

It will be the first time since 2007 that the four-time Masters champ will not be a part of the ceremonial start at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte reports he visited with the 86-year-old Palmer on Monday and that Palmer is in good sprits, looks great and is excited about the tournament.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.