Masters legend Arnold Palmer – The King – is being forced to skip this year’s par-3 contest tomorrow due to shoulder injury.

He still hopes to take part in the ceremonial drive-off with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player before the first round proper begins on Thursday morning.

Palmer, 85, dislocated his shoulder in the winter and has not recovered in time to play in the par-3 contest, although hopes to return next year. His place – also alongside Nicklaus and Player – will be taken by Ben Crenshaw, Masters champion in 1984 and 95. The 63-year-old is playing in his final Masters and Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said it was “a fitting way to acknowledge the end of Ben’s illustrious 44 years of competition at the Masters”.


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