Tom Watson To Join Jack Nicklaus And Gary Player As Honorary Starter At The Masters


The tradition of the Honorary Starter at The Masters dates back to 1963, with many, many legends of the game previously having the honour of hitting the first tee shots of the week at Augusta National.

Previously Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Lee Elder have been Honorary Starters and now, two-time Masters champion, Tom Watson, will join the illustrious list alongside current starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

Elder, Nicklaus and Player on the 1st Tee

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Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced that Watson will join both Nicklaus and Player, with the 86th edition of the tournament beginning Thursday, 7th April, 2022.

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