Palmer hits opening tee shot

Thursday, April 9, 2009 8:12 AM
Last updated 12:14 PM
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The 73rd Masters Tournament is officially under way.

Honorary starter Arnold Palmer hit the ceremonial first tee shot right down the fairway to the delight of patrons.

"No one has meant more to the game of golf," Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in introducing the four-time champion.

Palmer quipped: "Mr. Chairman, only one thing: I wanted fog." That was in reference to last year's tee shot, when heavy fog made it hard to see.

Afterwards, Palmer said it was still a thrill to be at Augusta National.

"What can you say," he said. "I made contact."

When asked if he would welcome Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus to next year's ceremony, Palmer was less certain.

"It's up to the chairman," he said. "I'll listen."

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1941 04/09/09 - 10:57 am

TO ALL THE VISITORS FROM OUT OF TOWN; I hope you are enjoying your stay in, one of the most racist cities in the united states. You will not see any of it , unless you buy the only paper intown. Go on the internet, and read the ;rants&raves, and the editorals. The citizens that live here, can only get to see the course if they happen to get a job for the week of the masters. So when you leave Augusta, know that you were in one of the most racist cities in the united state, they are still fighting the civil war everday in the paper, and Augusta Chronicle is the biggest offender, with the articles that they print!!!!!

Riverman1 04/09/09 - 11:36 am
Mimsy so you want a Masters

Mimsy so you want a Masters ticket and can't get one? Join the crowd. There was only about a 20 year waiting list when they decided to do away with the thing.

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