Masters 2020: Jack Nicklaus Shares Emotional Response After Ceremonial First Tee Shot

by Charles Craighill
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Well, the day many have been waiting for since April 14 of last year is finally here. The Master’s Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia began in the wee hours of this morning. The start had a minor delay due to weather, but that didn’t stop anyone. On the first tee was golf legend, Jack Nicklaus, for the ceremonial first tee shot. He shared a post to Twitter following the event.

Jack Nicklaus has very fond memories of the Master’s Tournament. He won the Professional Golf Major Tournament a record 6 times, one more than Tiger Woods. He shared an emotional video of the iconic drive down Magnolia Lane that he has made so many times before.

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player served as the honorary starters at this year’s Masters. Up until 2017, Arnold Palmer joined the pair on the first tee. Starting in 2021, Lee Elder will join Player and Nicklaus as the honorary starters for the Master’s tradition. Elder was the first African American to participate in the Master’s tournament. He did so in 1975, 45 years ago.

The Masters Day 1

This year, Tiger Woods will be defending his Green Jacket from the 2019 Masters. He will have a tough time doing so with the slew of competition. With players like Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, and Justin Thomas all playing outstanding golf, Woods has a tall task ahead of him.

Along with the onslaught of youngsters, several veterans tee up today. Paul Casey started the day red hot, holding a two-stroke lead at seven-under on the day. Webb Simpson is the close second at five under, and a crowd follows at four below par.

Tiger Woods is likely the most notable in the crowd of four under par. He has played a bogey-free round thus far with just a couple more to play. He also had an incredible birdie that was about as close to a hole in one as you can get on hole 16.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Tiger’s game early on in the tournament is his driver. He shapes the shots exactly as planned and continues to put himself in a good position to score. All of his movements seem smooth and natural, from his swings to his walks. Walking and fatigue have been an issue for Tiger as his age begins to catch up. We will see if he can hold on today and keep climbing the leaderboard this weekend.