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They dominated major championships past. Once they were heroes. Now they are called honorary starters.
The job description is simple enough: Tee up one ball, make one swing, wave to the crowd, shake a bunch of hands, get out of the way so the Masters can start for real.
It couldn't be easy. Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus won 13 Masters among them, and now they are honorary starters, exposing not only their age but also their inability to mimic the long hitters they once were.
For the record, Palmer is 83, Player 77, Nicklaus 73.
Also for the record, Nicklaus hit the longest drive, 237 yards. Player was close behind, at 235, while Palmer split the fairway and was easily the straightest of the three while driving the ball 218 yards.
It really wasn't fair, asking three all-time greats to gather on the first tee at 7:50 a.m. ET and hit drives into an upslope with no roll. The Masters does not label this as a long-drive contest, but the three golfers admitted t...
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Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi found out the answer to the age old question.
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