Hall of Fame golfer Arnold Palmer won’t hit the ceremonial tee shot at this year’s Masters Tournament, according to ESPN.
Per the report, the 86-year-old Palmer will still attend the tournament but will not do the tee shot because of a nagging shoulder injury that prevents him from swinging a club. This will be the first time since 2007 that Palmer will not hit the ceremonial opening shot.
Palmer himself won the Masters four times in his lengthy career, in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964. In recent years, he was joined by fellow golf greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in taking the first tee shot.
Though some hardcore fans may be bummed about this, Palmer is probably making the right decision. He’s 86 years old and shouldn’t be gambling with his long-term health at this point. Shoulder injuries are no joke and given how he’s still able to play golf, probably best for him to play it safe this year and just enjoy the Masters as a spectator.
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