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Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus begin The Masters in fine style

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See those two old dudes there? They're the reason we're all here. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, rivals and friends for half a century, served as ceremonial starters at The Masters on Thursday morning, and for a moment, even the most cynical and snarky had to shut up and appreciate what these two guys did for this game.

Nicklaus, 70, last played the Masters competitively in 2005, and agreed this year to serve as ceremonial starter along with Palmer, 10 years his senior. Both players drove their tee shots right and slightly off the fairway. Yardage? Let's not worry about that, OK?

"I hit a rookie tee shot," Nicklaus smiled. "I didn't put my contacts in, so I had no idea where it went. As long as I didn't hear it land, it's OK."

Below, a few more photographs of this little slice of history.

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