Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter at The Masters yesterday - and hit his ceremonial opening drive out of sight.
Sadly, though, only out of his own sight.
The 70-year-old record six-time winner at Augusta had not put his contact lenses in for the shot, and admitted afterwards: “I don't have a clue where it went.”
In the event it was leaked right, just like Palmer's before him, but both had achieved their main aim. They could not hear the balls land.
One of the traditions of the week drew a huge crowd to the first tee, and the two legends were applauded all the way from the clubhouse to that area of the course.
Nicklaus later said: “I've never been up this early at Augusta. I never had the tee at 7.40, but I've run the gamut now.”
Meanwhile it was a tough day for another ‘old-timer’, as Ian Woosnam suffered in the heat.
The Welshman matched his worst ever round at The Masters with an opening nine-over-par 81.
“I'm trying to alter my swing and on a course like this it's too much hard work,” said the 52-year-old Welshman, winner of the title in 1991.
“I battled on, but the wind's swirling all over and the guys are going to have a nightmare this afternoon.”
The later players included world number-one Tiger Woods, in his first event since mid-November.
Woosnam's previous 81 was in his very first round at the event 22 years ago.
“I've been playing so poorly and half the time I don't know where it's going to go,” he added. “I'm knackered.”
He played the first seven holes in seven over, birdied the next two for an outward 41, and then had four more bogeys on the inward half.