Tuesday 24 April 2018

Peter Bills: Old masters are snapshot of tradition

Peter Bills

In the cold of an Augusta morning, barely half an hour after a huge orange ball of a sun arose in the eastern sky, two old men shuffled out onto an immaculate green swathe.

Both were wielding curious sticks with bulbous heads on one end. Old men about to tend their garden patch? Old men chewing the cud together about, well, life and the old days?

Images can be misleading. Arnold Palmer, now 81, and his younger sidekick Jack Nicklaus, all of 71, made the ceremonial start to this 75th Masters tournament at Augusta National yesterday morning. But not in the way you might think of old men whose day is done.

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