Lee Elder will be part of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Participant as an honorary starter on the Masters in 2021, 46 years on from changing into the enduring event’s first Black participant.
Already an everyday on the U.S. Open and PGA Championship for round a decade, Elder made his Augusta bow in 1975.
Though the Texan missed the minimize, he certified for the Masters six instances in whole and completed in a tie for 17th in 1979.
Recognizing Elder’s breakthrough look, Augusta chairman Fred Ridley revealed on Monday scholarships could be established within the participant’s title and he would accompany Nicklaus and Participant to the primary tee on the 85th Masters in April.
“The chance to earn an invite to the Masters and stand at that first tee was my dream,” Elder stated.
“To have it come true in 1975 stays one of many biggest highlights of my profession and life.
“So to be invited again to the primary tee yet another time to hitch Jack and Gary for subsequent 12 months’s Masters means the world to me.
“It additionally offers me nice pleasure to know that my first Masters look continues to make a constructive impression on others.”
The 2020 Masters belatedly will get underneath means this week with out spectators at Augusta. The event was delayed from its traditional April date because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ridley defined Augusta wished to honor Elder on the 2021 occasion fairly than a uniquely subdued event this 12 months.
Tiger Woods wrote on Twitter: “All of us belong. Such fantastic information to listen to from Augusta Nationwide in celebration of Lee Elder.”