Thursday Morning at Augusta: Arnold Palmer’s Tee Shot

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Thursday Morning at the Masters The tournament began at Augusta early Thursday morning with Arnold Palmer's ceremonial first tee shot.
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The fog delayed the tournament for an hour, but Palmer, shown here with Augusta Chairman Billy Payne, kicked things off at about 8 a.m.
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Palmer won his first Masters 50 years ago.
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The early morning was clouded in fog as patrons made their way on to the course.
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Arnie's first shot went straight down the middle of the fairway, about 200 yards.
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Palmer was pleased with his drive, giving the crowd a thumbs up as he left the tee box.
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"Fifty years ago it would have been a lot longer," Palmer said. "Then again, this hole (the now 455-yard first) would have been a lot shorter."