Player to join Masters honorary starters

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.