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Nicklaus and Palmer kick off a picture-perfect Masters

Two old champions with 10 green jackets between them strolled up to the first tee to get the Masters going, then stepped aside to let the real contenders take their place in the Georgia sun.

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Arnold Palmer hits his ceremonial first tee shot during the first round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 7.

The Bear and The King, as they have come to be known, struck ceremonial tee shots shortly after sunrise Thursday at Augusta National, the traditional start to the tournament, now in its 77th year.

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Arnold Palmer reacts after teeing off at the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Jack Nicklaus hits his ceremonial first tee shot.

With the overnight chill still lingering, the 81-year-old Palmer hit a little fade that stayed in the fairway. The 71-year-old Nicklaus went next, ripping one right down the middle about 30 yards past his longtime rival. Read more...

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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Masters Chairman Billy Payne stand on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club.

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