Nicklaus, Palmer get 75th Masters going

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 7 at 8:06 AM

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — It's a Masters that tradition that never gets old. Thousands of fans line the opening fairway Thursday as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus hit ceremonial tee shots to get the tournament under way.

Palmer, the 81-year-old with four green jackets, hit his shot to the base of the hill in the fairway. Then came Nicklaus, a six-time winner who turned 71 in January. He pounded his tee shot down the middle, some 30 yards past Palmer.

Nicklaus saw the morning shadows and joked that it would be difficult to hit out of their shadows. That was no problem.

Palmer first played in 1955. Nicklaus played as an amateur in 1959. That means they have been at the Masters a combined 108 years.

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