Liguori: Arnold Palmer On Everyone’s Mind As The Masters Tees Off

By Ann Liguori
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The Masters begins Thursday at 8 a.m. after Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit honorary tee shots. With Arnold Palmer’s passing last October, there will be a tremendous void on that first tee box without golf’s biggest ambassador.

“For the first time in over 60 years, our sport is without its preeminent hero,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said during his annual address on Wednesday. “(He was) a man whose greatness as player and a champion was exceeded only by his qualities as a man. Arnold Palmer let us all into his life; not from the distance that is typically maintained between a superstar and a fan, but into his life, close up, so that we could literally push him to greatness and regale in his accomplishments as though they were our own.”

Payne continued: “During his extraordinary life, Arnold Palmer and Augusta National connected in so many…

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