Arnold Palmer will not hit Masters ceremonial tee shot

Arnold Palmer will not hit Masters ceremonial tee shot

Arnold Palmer will not hit a ceremonial tee shot to kick off the Masters.

Golf World's Tim Rosaforte reported Tuesday morning that the 86-year-old will not participate in the first-tee event for the first time since becoming a part of it in 2007. Palmer still plans to attend the year's first major and take part in the annual Champions Dinner on the Tuesday prior to the tournament.

Palmer, who injured his shoulder in December 2014 and still hits few golf balls, informed Augusta National chairman Billy Payne of his decision on Monday, according to Rosaforte.

For the last three years, the Big Three have participated in the ceremony together. Jack Nicklaus joined Palmer in 2010 and Gary Player rounded out the group in 2012.

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