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    The Latest: Elder Raises Driver in Honorary Start at Masters | Sports News

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters (all times local):

    The 85th Masters has started with two honorary tee shots and one former player who only had to raise his driver to make it memorable.

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    Lee Elder was invited to take part in the ceremonial start. The 86-year-old Elder was the first Black golfer to compete in the Masters in 1975. Augusta National announced in November he would be joining six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus and three-time champion Gary Player.

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    Masters Chairman Fred Ridley said Elder’s has blazed a trail that inspired golf and future generations with a message that golf belongs to everyone.

    The tournament began a short time later. Defending champion Dustin Johnson tees off at 10:30 a.m., while Jordan Spieth is in the last group.

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