Tapping In: The King of the Masters
The King Leaves The Masters Opening Ceremony
A 2014 shoulder injury will keep the legendary Arnold Palmer from hitting his ceremonial opening tee shot at this year’s Masters, according to Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel. For Palmer, who is 86 years old, it will be the first time since 2007 he has not participated.
Grandson and tour player Sam Saunders said the seven-time major champion and four-time Masters champion has been limited in his ability to play or even hit balls because of the nagging injury.
Although absent from the first tee, Palmer expects to be present at the Champions Dinner, and according to Jason Sobel of ESPN, he will certainly watch the other ceremonial champs Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player “sweat it out” with their opening shots.
“I think just having him standing there would be good,” said Saunders. “Being part of that is so special to him.”
We at Stonehouse send best wishes to “The King.” He will be missed.