Palmer plans to return as Masters honorary starter


Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at the 2014 Masters Tournament (Getty)

An injured shoulder won’t keep Arnold Palmer from hitting the ceremonial first tee shot at next month’s Masters.

Palmer said Wednesday at Doral that he is planning to make his annual appearance at Augusta National alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Palmer has been an honorary starter at the Masters since 2007, and the Big Three have shared the duties since 2012.

The 85-year-old Palmer had a pacemaker inserted last year. He also dislocated his right shoulder when he fell at the Father-Son Challenge tournament in December. 

Palmer hasn’t practiced – doctors told him he’s not allowed to swing – but he is “looking forward to being out on that tee even if I fan it,” he told reporters Wednesday at the dedication of the Arnold Palmer Villa at Trump National Doral.