Crenshaw fills in for Palmer

Palmer is unable to play alongside Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus in the curtain-raising event after he dislocated his shoulder, although the 85-year-old will still act as honorary starter.

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National said it was disappointing to hear of Palmer???s injury but said health had to come first.

“We are very excited to welcome him to the tee Thursday as an honorary starter, where we will once again honour his extraordinary contributions to the Masters Tournament and the game of golf,” Payne said.

Following the par three event, Crenshaw will take part in his 44th consecutive Masters tournament. Crenshaw announced he would retire from the August tournament at the end of this year???s edition.

Crenshaw has competed at every Masters event since he was a 20-year-old amateur in 1972 and has won the coveted green jacket twice but hasn???t made the cut in the Masters since 2007.

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