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PALMER WELCOMES NICKLAUS AS HONORARY MASTERS CO-STARTER
September 01, 2009
Jack Nicklaus will join his long-time competitor and friend Arnold Palmer at the upcoming 2010 Masters, which takes place April 8 to 11, at Augusta National to serve as the honorary co-starters. The two legends have a shared a long and storied career at Augusta, Palmer winning 4 times in his 50 consecutive years and Nicklaus winning 6 times in his 45 years.
Palmer is the sixth person, in 2007 and 2008, to serve as Honorary Starter in the long history of the Masters, which began in 1934. Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod inaugurated the role in 1963. Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen took over in 1981 and Ken Venturi filled in for Nelson in 1983. Sam Snead joined Nelson and Sarazen in 1984. The position has been vacant since Snead died following the 2002 Masters.
“I am very happy to have Jack join me as an honorary starter. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of this special tradition at the Masters these last couple of years and it’s certainly appropriate that Jack become a part of that tradition, given his great record at Augusta National. I welcome having my long-time good friend and competitor with me next year on the first tee.” said Palmer.
Posted by scurry at September 1, 2009 03:41 PM