April 5, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The first shot of the 2007 Masters came from a four-time champion. Quite a crowd gathered at the first tee to watch Arnold Palmer.
Patrons lined up early along the first tee to catch a glimpse of history in the making.
Arnold Palmer was welcomed to the tee box with a long round of applause. He shook hands with several members of the Augusta National Golf Club, and Chairman Billy Payne introduced him saying, "Ladies and gentleman, now on the first tee at Augusta National, where he belongs, four-time Masters champion Arnold Palmer."
Palmer looked relaxed as he teed it up.
Many of the patrons were happy just to be there.
"It's golf history," said Bruce Bohannon, here from Texas. "We felt so good to be able to see something like that. That's what we drove a thousand miles to come see: the king hit a golf ball. It was very special."
Arnold Palmer proved once again he can still draw a crowd.
Palmer joked to reporters that he was on the practice tee this morning hitting it over the fence on the driving range, but he admitted he just didn't want to top it, so he was pretty pleased as well.