Palmer Starts the Masters

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Arnold Palmer revived a Masters tradition by hitting the ceremonial first drive Thursday.
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Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne introduced Palmer, a four-time Masters champion.
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"Chairman, I might keep this going," Palmer said.
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Palmer took over the honor held most recently by the late Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead, who was the last player to hit the ceremonial first shot, by himself, in 2002.
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Palmer said it was "quite a thrill" when the gates opened and people ran to see his opening shot.
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Palmer won his fourth green jacket in 1964 at the age of 34. It was the last major he would ever win.
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"Well, I hit it, didn't I?" joked Palmer. Several fans scrambled for his ball after he hit the opening shot.