Three legends of the game got the 2023 Masters Tournament started, as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson served as the honorary starters Thursday morning.
Player got the festivities started with his typical outgoing humor and grace, hitting a nice shot – especially for an 87-year-old legend of the game.
The 83-year-old Nicklaus followed him with jokes about putting the ball on the tee being the hardest part of all of it, before he also hit one straight.
And lastly, the 73-year-old (but looking far younger) Tom Watson capped things off with a drive he watched for a long time, almost as though he was concerned about how this would impact his scoring on the day.
Combined, this trio has 11 Masters Championships and over 110 years on the course.
Here’s a look at all the fun from the ceremonial start to the Masters from Player, Nicklaus and Watson.