Masters 2021 Golf. New honorary starter Elder joins Nicklaus. Player at

Masters 2021 Golf. New honorary starter Elder joins Nicklaus. Player at
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Masters 2021 Golf. New honorary starter Elder joins Nicklaus. Player at

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:00:00 -0700

By Andrew Both AUGUSTA, Ga


(Reuters) – Lee Elder was warmly welcomed at the Masters when he joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as a new honorary st 

By Andrew Both


(Reuters) – Lee Elder was warmly welcomed at the Masters when he joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as a new honorary starter for the 2021 tournament that began at Augusta National on Thursday.

A brilliant sun had barely risen over the clubhouse when 86-year-old Elder, the first Black man to compete in the Masters in 1975, was driven to the first tee in a golf cart as a new major season dawned.

Elder has limited mobility and did not hit a tee shot.

Shortly after Elder, nine-times major winner Gary Player, sprightly as ever at 85, emerged from the clubhouse and hugged Nicklaus’s wife Barbara.

He then ventured to the tee with six-times Masters champion and 18-times major winner Nicklaus, who wore a yellow sweater to fend off a slight chill in the crisp morning air.

A gallery of several hundred people were on hand, about the same number who were in attendance when the November Masters was played officially without paying spectators, though members and their guests, as well as media, swelled the numbers.

“Today, Lee Elder will inspire us and make history,” said Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley.

“Lee, it is my privilege to say, ‘you have the honors’.”

Elder acknowledged the warm applause, before Ridley subsequently introduced three-times Masters winner Player, who split the first fairway with a superb drive that went a good 200 yards.

Nicklaus, 81 and not quite as nimble as Player, also hit the fairway, though his swing was not as fluid and his drive was some 40 yards shorter than Player’s.

With that the 85th Masters was officially underway.

Americans Michael Thompson and Hudson Swafford were the first pairing at 8 a.m.

local time (1200 GMT).

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was due out at 10.30 a.m.

There is a slight chance of rain on Thursday, with the risk of bad weather increasing on Friday and Saturday.

(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Toby Davis)


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There are some absolutely stellar groups to follow at Augusta National on Thursday



— The first-and second-round tee times are out for the 2021 Masters.

As usual, Augusta National spread the wealth around proportionately with these threesomes.

There will be intrigue off the first tee on the first of four long, wonderful spring days at the first major championship of 2021.

The Masters’ return to April has been long anticipated since the rescheduled event went on without a hitch last November.

The 88-man field that will take on the course beginning Thursday is star-studded with nearly all of the best golfers in the world competing.

That is obvious when looking at the groups as prepared by Augusta National for Round 1 action.

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The first big-time group that will get going is Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland.

Others that follow include really interesting mixing and matching of past champions, amateurs and current starts.

Here are some of the ones that stand out from the pack.

Augusta National doesn’t really do the mega-groups thing for the first two days, which is nice when you want to spread your attention on the entirety of the tournament.

You get a nice amalgamation of so many different types of players at different stages of their careers and a manageable number of golfers (88) instead of trying to squeeze in 156 before the sun sets.

My favorite group is probably the one involving Spieth, who is my pick this week to win.

He and Morikawa have been the two best iron players on the planet since Feb.


Throw in Cameron Smith, who has finished in the top five in two of the last three Masters, and it’s a really exciting trio.

Let’s take a look at all 30 groups that will start play on Thursday at the 85th Masters.

All times Eastern

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8 a.m.

— Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford
8:12 a.m.

— Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Dylan Frittelli
8:24 a.m.

— Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink
8:26 a.m.

— Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb
8:48 a.m.

— Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long
9 a.m.

— Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd
9:12 a.m.

— Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners
9:24 a.m.

— Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner
9:36 a.m — Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ
9:48 a.m.

— Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer
10:06 a.m.

— Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland
10:18 a.m.

— Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
10:30 a.m.

— Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci
10:42 a.m.

— Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy
10:54 a.m.

— Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey
11:06 a.m.

— Vijay Singh, Martin Laird
11:18 a.m.

— Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay
11:30 a.m.

— Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger
11:42 a.m.

— Mike Weir, C.T.

Pan, Robert MacIntyre
11:54 a.m.

— Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin
12:12 p.m.

— Victor Perez, Jason Kokrak, Marc Leishman
12:24 p.m.

— Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne
12:36 p.m.

— Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland
12:48 p.m.

— Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar
1 p.m.

— Billy Horschel, Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer
1:12 p.m.

— Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler
1:24 p.m.

— Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matthew Fitzpatrick
1:36 p.m.

— Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa
1:48 p.m.

— Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas
2 p.m.

— Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa

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