In an announcement most saw coming at some point, Augusta National Golf Club announced today that the final member of the “Big Three,” Gary Player, will join Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer next year as honorary starters on Thursday morning.
“I couldn’t think of a greater place in the world for the three of us hitting off together,” Player said. “I just love the Masters. It’s special, special, special. And we’re all going to be there together, as comfortable as old friends can be, enjoying each other’s smiling faces.”
Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced today that Player would participate along with Palmer and Nicklaus in the role of Honorary Starter, a tradition that began in 1963.
“As an Honorary Starter, his legacy will be rightfully celebrated alongside two of the Tournament’s other all-time greats, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus,” Payne said.
Should be great to watch next April and it’s a greatly deserved honor for Player.