***UPDATED at 12:39 P.M. on Tuesday, March 15th***
Augusta, GA (WJBF) – We have received more information regarding reports that Arnold Palmer will not be participating in the ceremonial first tee shot at this year’s Masters tournament.
According to the Augusta National Golf Club, Palmer is still invited to this year’s Masters tournament, he just won’t be hitting a ball.
Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, issued the following statement concerning Palmer’s decision:
“I spoke with Arnold yesterday and we certainly understand his decision. It makes no difference whether he actually hits a drive. He is a true legend in golf and will be welcomed as usual on the first tee with the other Masters Honorary Starters. It will be a great day.”
***POSTED at 11:01 A.M. on Tuesday, March 15th***
Augusta, GA (WJBF)– Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte is reporting that Arnold Palmer will not hit the ceremonial first tee shot at this year’s Masters tournament.
Palmer, 86, reportedly called Augusta National chairman Billy Payne on Monday to tell him that while he still plans attend the Champions dinner and the rest of the tournament, a lingering shoulder injury will keep him from teeing it up.
Palmer has hit the Masters’ ceremonial first tee shot since 2007. The other members of the original Big Three – Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – joined him in 2010 and 2012, respectively.