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Phil Mickelson shoots 71 in opening round of Masters

07 April, 2017, 03:17 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Johnson arrived at the course 90 minutes before his 2:03 tee time and hit short game shots but huddled at one point with Masters competition chairman Fred Ridley before walking to a cart to go to the putting green.

Palmer was the honorary starter for the Masters-teeing off to start the tournament-in 2007, and he held that title until his death.

Palmer, an iconic player who pioneered athlete endorsements and televised golf, died last September at age 87. He proceeded to airmail the green with his fifth, pitched his sixth well past the cup and nearly off the front of the green and back in the water, putted some 6 feet short from there and left his ensuing stroke for triple bogey short. Add that to his recent run in majors - top-seven finishes in six of the last eight - and he was certainly supposed to be one of the most watched figures in the field. They were best of friends off the course and hated losing to one another on the course. The top-ranked player in the world fell down some stairs Wednesday night but will try to tee off this afternoon.

"It sucks", Johnson said after deciding he couldn't play in the first major of the year.

"Arnold could hardly walk to the first tee and he stood up because he had been taught to stand up. Life sometimes happens. He's not angry or upset, I'd say more discouraged".

To demonstrate, Player placed his hands on the side of his chair and lifted himself up. Even though Player said he didn't think there were ever three better players in the same era than Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, history and Masters patrons would beg to differ. Winkle said Johnson hopes to be able to play.

But it was as much about friendship.

Player, who won the Masters three times, was on the practice range at 6:30 a.m. - "I wasn't out of bed yet", Nicklaus said, laughing - and marveled at the amount of people streaming toward the entrance that time of morning. I was in their airplane. Possibly, I don't know.

"It was absolutely wonderful because you've got no idea how heavy that was, and I don't think anybody has ever done it since", Player said. They all shot 1-under 71. So is the close relationship between Player and Nicklaus, Palmer had been the glue that cemented their friendship.

"Well, the official word was that it was a little past", Nicklaus said "But Gary is claiming a tie".

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