The much anticipated Masters Golf Tournament opened on Thursday (April 5) at Augusta, Georgia, USA with defending champion Jack Nicklaus a four-to-one favourite to win the title for an unprecedented fifth time.
GV Nicklaus drives off
SV Crowds follow
SV Nicklaus chips & putts (2 shots)
GV Palmer driving
SV PAN Palmer putting
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Background: The much anticipated Masters Golf Tournament opened on Thursday (April 5) at Augusta, Georgia, USA with defending champion Jack Nicklaus a four-to-one favourite to win the title for an unprecedented fifth time.
Nicklaus is among 82 golfers -- 16 of them foreign professionals and two foreign amateurs -- who will tee off in the four-day event.
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were two of the golfers who made the most of every opportunity to practise on the championship course before the big event. Nicklaus won the 1972 Masters with 286 stokes -- 15 strokes behind his 1965 winning Masters score of 271. That year Arnold Palmer and Gary Player tied for second place on 280.
Palmer, who has been troubled with a grass pollen allergy which, as a contact lens user, has affected his sight in the past, this year has dispensed with the contact lenses and days it seems to have provided the answer to his problem.
SYNOPSIS: Jack Nicklaus hits a big one at Augusta, georgia during practice round on Tuesday for the 1973 USA Masters Tournament which opened on Thursday. Nicklaus is defending his Masters title and is four-to-one favourite to win the championship - which opened on Thursday - for an unprecedented fifth time. He won last year's tournament with 286 strokes, 15 strokes behind his 1965 winning score of 271.
Arnold Palmer, another great crowd puller, believes he has overcomes the eye irritation caused by a combination of grass pollen allergy and contact lenses and says confidently that he's hitting the ball well.