Arnold Palmer will not be joining friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player on the first tee of this year’s Masters Tournament. Palmer has been the honorary starter of the Masters since 2007. In 2010, Jack Nicklaus joined Arnie on the first tee. The pair were joined in 2012 by golf's third member of the original “Big 3,” Gary Player. Palmer injured his shoulder in December of 2014, which has limited his ability to play and hit balls. The 86-year-old is still expected to attend the champions dinner held the Tuesday before the first round.
This week, Palmer is hosting The Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge. It was also announced that his role in this week's tournament will be reduced from what it has been previously. For example, his pre-tournament news conference will be replaced by a private question and answer session with no cameras. Despite his reduced role, Palmer was still seen right around the course on Monday:
Coverage for the 2016 Masters starts April 6th with the playing of the annual Par 3 contest on Augusta’s “little” course. Round one coverage starts the following morning.