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Golf News // Tom Watson accepts invite to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player as honorary starters at the Masters (www.espn.com)

Golf News // Tom Watson accepts invite to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player as honorary starters at the Masters

Tom Watson, a two-time winner at Augusta National who ranks sixth all time with victories in eight majors, will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters at the Masters this year.

“I am honored that Tom has accepted our invitation,” Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in a statement on Tuesday. “I look forward to commemorating his love for the game and impact on the Masters with his millions of fans across the globe as he hits a tee shot alongside two of the tournament’s other all-time greats, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.”

Watson won green jackets in 1977 and 1981, as well as finishing runner-up three times. His 58 rounds under par at Augusta National rank second only to Nicklaus, and his 72.74 career scoring average on the…

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