Masters: Lee Elder joins Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starter in 2021

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Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley made the announcement on Monday the beginning of the delayed 2020 Masters Date: November 12-15 Location: Augusta National Coverage: Radio and text commentary online with in-play clips. Daily Highlights on BBC Two – full details here

Lee Elder, the first black man to play at the Masters, says it was & # 39; the world & # 39; for him means to be an honorary starter for the 2021 tournament.

The 86-year-old, who first played at Augusta in 1975, will join Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus at the opening shots of the 85th Masters make next April.

Scholarships established in his name will also be awarded to a local university.

"It gives me great pride to know that my first Masters will continue to positively influence others," said Elder.

"The chance to earn an invite to the Masters and be on that first tee was my dream, and to make it come true in 1975 remains one of the biggest highlights of my career and life.

"So to be invited back for the first one more time to join Jack and Gary for next year's Masters means everything for me.

Elder, who achieved the best result of joint 17th in 1979 after six performances in 1979, meant death threats after being invited to play at the Masters at Augusta National in 1975

He rented two houses for the week of the championship, and moved between the two so that no one would know where he was.

Elder however, found himself getting an immersive reception wherever he went as he made his way through the course.

He told the BBC in 2015: “Every green I walked on, it applause was just great. I mean, each one of those people was shouting, 'Go Lee! Good luck Lee! & # 39; "

Fred Ridley, President of Augusta National Golf Club, said the honorary starter role" would commemorate everything he has done in his career to break down barriers. take and black to inspire men and women in golf and beyond ”.

The club also establishes the Lee Elder Scholarships at Paine College in Augusta and funds the establishment of a women's golf program at the college.

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