Palmer may be honorary starter at Masters

Palmer may be honorary starter at Masters

Arnold Palmer watches the action during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 1, 2007.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Arnold Palmer might tee it up at the Masters again – as an honorary starter.

The four-time Masters champion said Wednesday he has given “careful consideration” to a request from Augusta National chairman Billy Payne that Palmer hit the ceremonial tee shot to open the Masters.

“I’m thinking about it,” the 77-year-old Palmer said. “I’m giving it some very careful consideration now that I have stopped playing competitively. As you know, Augusta is one of my very favorite places, and of course, Bill Payne is a good friend.”

The Masters has not had a ceremonial starter since Sam Snead died in 2002. Palmer played his 50th and final Masters in 2004.

“It isn’t that I have anything against doing it,” Palmer said. “I just want it to be the right time when I decide to do it.”

Asked if that meant this year or next year, Palmer grinned and replied, “It’s in consideration, period.”

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