Honorary Starters (2017)

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Signage announcing Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the honorary start of first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Signage announcing Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the honorary start of first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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A commemorative button for Arnold Palmer was distributed during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Gary Player at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Chairman Billy Payne and Arnold Palmer's widow, Kit, place a green jacket on an empty chair left in honor of Palmer for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Gary Player at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Gary Player, chairman Billy Payne and Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Gary Player at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Chairman Billy Payne with a green jacket on an empty chair left in honor of Palmer for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Chairman Billy Payne and Arnold Palmer's widow, Kit, place a green jacket on an empty chair left in honor of Palmer for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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An empty chair is left in honor of Arnold Palmer for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus at the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCE/STAFF)
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Chairman Billy Payne and Arnold Palmer's widow, Kit, place a green jacket on an empty chair left in honor of Palmer for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (SARA CORCESTAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player pause as a chair is draped with a green jacket to honor Arnold Palmer before the start of the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, with Kathleen "Kit" Gawthrop, wife of Arnlold Palmer, place a green jacket on a chair to honor Arnold Palmer before the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player wipe tears from their eyes as a chair is draped with a green jacket to honor Arnold Palmer before the start of the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Jack Nicklaus hits an honorary first tee shot for the ceremonial start of the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Billy Payne speaks after laying out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne speaks after laying out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer as Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer, Palmer's widow, looks on before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne lays out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer as Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer, Palmer's widow, looks on before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tips his hat at the first tee for the honorary start as he is introduced by Billy Payne, rear, during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player approaches the first tee for the honorary start as he is introduced by Billy Payne, rear, during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne bows his head after laying out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne speaks after laying out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off on #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off on #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne looks on as Gary Player lines up on the #1 tee for the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player waves at the first tee for the honorary start as he is introduced by Billy Payne, rear, during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off on #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off on #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off on #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player watches his tee shot off #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus waves at the #1 tee for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player watches his tee shot off #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus approaches the #1 tee for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus tees off at #1 for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus approaches the #1 tee for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus tips his hat at the #1 tee for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus watches his shot from the #1 tee for the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player, left and Jack Nicklaus wave following the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus, left, and Gary Player embrace as Billy Payne approaches following their honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus watches his shot from the #1 tee for the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player, left, Billy Payne, middle, and Jack Nicklaus share a moment following the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus watches his shot from the #1 tee for the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player, left, Jack Nicklaus, middle, and Billy Payne share a moment following the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne lays out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer as Kathleen¬Ě Gawthrop Palmer, Palmer's widow, looks on before the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer, Arnold Palmer's widow, Gary Player, Billy Payne, and Jack Nicklaus gather following the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player, left Billy Payne, middle, and Jack Nicklaus pose for a photo following the honorary start during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Birds gather near the honorary start at hole #1 during the Thursday practice round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus tips his hat to the crowd during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne lays out a Green Jacket in honor of the late Arnold Palmer as Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer, Palmer's widow, looks on before the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne escorts Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer, the wife of the late Arnold Palmer, to the honorary start prior to the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne escorts Kathleen¬Ě Gawthrop Palmer, the wife of the late Arnold Palmer, to the honorary start during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne escorts Kit Palmer onto the first tee for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne escorts Kit Palmer onto the first tee for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne places Arnold Palmer's green jacket on a chair as his widow Kit Palmer stands with him on the first tee for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus stand next to a chair with Arnold Palmer's green jacket for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Arnold Palmer's widow Kit Palmer sits with members before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne stands with Arnold Palmer's widow Kit Palmer as she is acknowledged by the crowd before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus look on as Billy Payne stands next to a chair with Arnold Palmer's green jacket for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus look on as Billy Payne stands next to a chair with Arnold Palmer's green jacket for the honorary start of the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus looks to the sky during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus is acknowledged before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Gary Player tees off for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus wipes away a tear during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus looks to the sky during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus hits his tee shot during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus looks to the sky during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus wipes away a tear during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus looks to the sky during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus hits his tee shot during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Kit Palmer looks on as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Billy Payne pose for pictures before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF)
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Billy Payne places Arnold Palmer's green jacket on a chair as his widow Kit Palmer stands with him on the first tee for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Jack Nicklaus is acknowledged by the crowd after hitting his tee shot during the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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A lone chair in honor of Arnold Palmer sits on the first tee before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)
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Billy Payne places Arnold Palmer's green jacket on a chair as his widow Kit Palmer stands with him on the first tee for the honorary start before the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF)