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Honorary starters Tom Watson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus embrace on the first tee during the opening ceremony prior to the start of the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on 7 April 2022. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Honorary starters Tom Watson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus embrace on the first tee during the opening ceremony prior to the start of the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on 7 April 2022. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and newcomer Tom Watson struck ceremonial tee shots on Thursday to signal the start of the 86th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National.

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Spectators crowded around the first tee for a glimpse of the former Masters champions.

Nicklaus, 82, won a record six green jackets while fellow American Watson, 72, captured two Masters titles and South African Player, 86, took three.

Player went first, followed by Nicklaus and then Watson, who accepted the request to take part starting this year. All received great applause from the crowd.

They met for a group hug and took photos after their work was done.

The late Arnold Palmer had joined Nicklaus and Player for many years in the starters' role and last year, the late Lee Elder - the first black golfer to compete in the Masters - was among the ceremonial starters.

WATCH Player's tee shot:

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